Finding of swords – unnecessary publicity should not be given: CEMSL

Finding of swords – unnecessary publicity should not be given: CEMSL

30 April 2019 04:15 am

Council of Ex-Muslims of Sri Lanka (CEMSL) issuing a statement says that finding of swords, hatchets and knives in mosques should not be given unnecessary publicity.

CEMSL further said that in most cases, swords, knives, hatchets and shotguns found in Masjids and some houses are not related to ISIS terrorists, and giving unnecessary publicity to the findings which are not related to ISIS terrorists would create more and more hatred towards innocent Muslims among other communities as well as delay the return of normal life in the country.

Below is the full statement issued by CEMSL:

Considering the prevailing situation in the country, Council of Ex-Muslims of Sri Lanka (CEMSL) considers that it would be an appropriate and wise step for media and security forces to avoid giving unnecessary publicity to the finding of swords, hatchets, knives and shot guns from Masjids and individual homes. Giving unnecessary publicity, to the findings which are not related to ISIS terrorists would create more and more hatred towards innocent Muslims among other communities as well as delay the return of normal life in the country. This would also divert the attention of the security forces and public to a different direction from which terrorists could benefit.

In most cases the swords, knives, hatchets and shotguns found in Masjids and some houses are not related to ISIS terrorists.

Although we have no doubt that such acts are illegal, we request those concerned to be mindful of the following facts.

  • Following the riots of Mawanella, Beruwela, Aluthgama and Kandy, out of fear of the possibility of being attacked by racists, Muslims could have kept swords for defensive purposes.
  • Also some individuals could have kept swords to protect themselves from thieves, other intruders and for settling personal disputes.
  • Shotguns are often used for illegal hunting.
  • Underworld gangs also keep their weapons in hidings.
  • Masjids store knives and hatchets for Kurbani (Annual animal sacrifice during Hajj period) purposes. 

Though we have left Islam, we are able to understand the above as we are also from the Muslim community. Considering the present situation of the country, we request that unnecessary media publicity should not be given to findings for above mentioned items which are not related to ISIS related activities, unless it’s clearly mentioned.

-Council of Ex-Muslims of Sri Lanka (CEMSL)