MR says don’t be namesake Muslims

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has urged Muslims in Sri Lanka not to be just namesake Muslims, the government information department said today.

President Rajapaksa said the Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities have been living in Sri Lanka for a long period and these communities came forward in unison to defeat terrorism in the country. He said all these communities got together with one vision to eliminate terrorism as they love the motherland.

He added that the Muslim community stood shoulder to shoulder with their Sinhala brethren to defeat the scourge of terrorism.

President Rajapaksa said one cannot become a genuine Muslim by just constructing mosques. “This could only be done by following the philosophy preached by the Prophet,” he said.

He also said that while the Prophet preached that all on earth are equal, the Buddha preached there cannot be any difference among humans. He said God will not look at the assets that one accumulates but would consider the purity of one’s heart. He said one should purify one’s heart by leading a just life.

The President meanwhile said that he always focused on the needs of the Muslim community in Sri Lanka and would not allow a repeat of the Kattankudi incident.

President Rajapaksa also said he intervened to take measures to broadcast Islamic observances five times daily.