Ramadan wishes to all our followers, Muslim and non Muslim. As we know many of our Muslim supporters choose this time of year to give money to charity, we would like to share the following message.
The holy month of Ramadan has begun, and many Muslim men and women choose this time to give charitably to help those in need. If you are a Muslim, or have any Muslim friends or family, this is your chance to help alleviate the pains of the people of Sri Lanka, by making a donation to our campaign. And we would of course still welcome your donation if you are not Muslim.
The situation in Sri Lanka is dire; Sri Lankans of all ethnicities are suffering under an increasingly brutal government. The long lasting civil war between the government and the LTTE has appeared to cost over 40,000 lives. After the war ended up to 300,000 Tamil civilians were detained inside military camps, and many are still homeless or living in temporary shelter
Moreover, a relatively recent attack on a Muslim Mosque has sparked new fears that there is a growing animosity towards religious freedom within the country. Both the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE had previously victimised Muslim Sri Lankans but the lack of respect for human rights, and the prevailing culture of impunity is causing a significant amount of concern to Sri Lanka’s Muslims. (1)
Throughout Ramadan you can make a vital contribution to our work. We are a non partisan, multi ethnic campaign that aims to draw attention to these problems and demand action from the international community: to bring human rights and the rule of law back to Sri Lanka, and to hold those responsible to account.
Please either make a donation or help us by telling others about the campaign.
Muslims believe Ramadan is here to enlighten us of the more pressing needs in the world, this is your perfect chance to address one of those needs.
1 – Protesters disrupted the Muslim Friday afternoon prayer, despite police presence, by breaking in to the mosque and causing damage to the property, which included damage to copies of the Quran and other religious texts. Subsequently the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka has ordered the removal of the mosque from the area, claiming that the mosque is situated within a Buddhist religious area.