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‘Politicians causing divisions among people’

President Maithripala Sirisena is presented a copy of the simplified Sinhala language translation of the holy Quran, at the launch. Picture by Wasitha Patabendige
President Maithripala Sirisena is presented a copy of the simplified Sinhala language translation of the holy Quran, at the launch. Picture by Wasitha Patabendige

President Maithripala Sirisena said all politicians of this country, irrespective of their party affiliations, should be held responsible for the division among citizens based on their spoken language.

Speaking at the launch of the simplified Sinhala language translation of the holy Quran at the BMICH on Sunday, the President said people should not be divided according to their spoken language.

It is significant that this translation is in simple Sinhala language in order for people to understand the history of Islam, as well as to understand the culture and religious background of the Muslim people, he said. This initiative was taken under the patronage of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU), under the guidance of Islamic scholars.

President Sirisena said the division of society according to the spoken language has been a major hindrance to the programme of building national peace and reconciliation in the country.

This division should be eliminated with understanding and mutual trust between all the communities and religions.

The translation of the holy Quran into simple Sinhala language was a significant milestone in the process of building national unity and reconciliation, the President said.

The classification of schools by language should be brought to an end and it is of utmost importance to expand the trilingual national school project launched in Polonnaruwa on his concept, to other regions of the country, he said. The first copy of the holy Quran translated into Sinhala was presented to President Sirisena by ACJU Chairman Ash-Sheikh M.I.M. Rizwe Mufthi.

Islamic priests, former minister and attorney-at-law Imthiaz Bakeer Markar, President’s Counsel Fais Mustafa, ACJU Secretary M.M.A. Mubarak and ACJU members were also present. 


 

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