The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka vehemently condemned the terror attack on Bodh Gaya’s Mahabodhi temple, which is considered the Mecca of Buddhism and is of deep religious significance to the Buddhists of the world.
“Sri Lankan Muslims are deeply saddened and dismayed at the dastardly attack on the sacred Mahabodhi temple and adjoining areas and see this as a blatant act of terrorism perpetuated by senseless individuals. We are indeed relieved that no major damage has been reported to the sacred shrine. Our prayers are with the injured for a speedy recovery,” the Muslim Council said.
It said that terrorism in any form should not be tolerated, and attacks on places of worship are a heinous crime and should be unacceptable to any reasonable human being. The Buddhists consider the sacred Mahabodhi temple as the cradle of Buddhism and the Muslims of Sri Lanka urge the Governments of the region as well as world leaders to ensure that the perpetrators of this dastardly crime are brought to immediate justice.
The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka comprises a network of organizations of the Sri Lankan Muslim civil society and Diaspora. (Colombo Gazette)