Sri Lanka’s Muslim community today called for unity against violence and injustice as the country commemorated one year since the Easter Sunday attacks.
The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka, in a statement, said that today is a day to grieve, a day for reflection of what took place and what we lost on this day, its aftermath and the
way forward for Sri Lanka.
The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka said that while words only will not suffice to convey their condemnation of this dastardly act and to console the pain of the victims and all Sri Lankans, it is time that we unite to show our resilience and stand against violence and injustice of any kind.
“The Muslim Community will be ready as always to join in any effort to join hands to eradicate this menace and bring about peace in this country which is much needed now,” the statement said.
The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka said that it condemned all acts of terrorism and those who commit them are transgressors of the religions they profess.
“Christians and Muslims share a common heritage as Abrahamic traditions. All religions have a deep connection for peace and against violence. Indeed, the core values of all faiths in Sri Lanka teach us compassion, peace and brotherhood. While we move forward we need to take these values with us in working towards breaking the cycle of hate and violence and restoring peace,” the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka said.
In this regard the Muslim Council of Sri Lanka said that it appreciates the stand for peace taken by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith in his leadership, and the act of preaching forgiveness and forbearance under these very difficult circumstances, as a lesson for all Sri Lankans. (Colombo Gazette)