Profile - Consists the history of All Ceylon Thareekathul Mufliheen with supporting documents.

Construction of the Minaret is in progress and currently work on the third floor of the Minaret is being carried out smoothly.

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The Meditation Centre and the Head Office were reconstructed and the annual feast was held to commemorate the 82nd Birth Anniversary of the spiritual leader on 25th July, 2006 where over 5,000 people were provided freemeals amidst death threats and intimidation. [See P18 for relevant photographs & handbill]

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An injunction against the construction of the Minaret at the Meditation Centre, Kattankudy was filed by the Urban Council with the Magistrate Court, Batticaloa. When the case was taken up for hearing on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 the Magistrate rejected the injunction and called both parties to make their written submission on the next day of the hearing of the case scheduled to November 16, 2012.
The Meththai Palli Wasal (Mosque) located in Kattankudy after the Jummah prayers on Friday, 21st August, 2009 made an announcement via the public address system that a member of our Religious Society had given a letter to them to the effect that he along with his family had left our Religious Society and reposed their faith on Divine Islam (Punidha Islam). The public was requested that no harm should befall on them. It is clearly evident that a public utterance of this nature was made with a motive to infuse fear and threat in the minds of the displaced members of All Ceylon Thareekathul Mufliheen who are in the process of making necessary arrangements to re-settle in Kattankudy. Hence, a complaint was lodged with the Kattankudy Police by some members of our Religious Society seeking security and protection for re-settlement in their residential areas. Based on this complaint the Officer-in-charge of Kattankudy Police Station filed a Case No. 83811/PC/09 on 30th August, 2009 in the Magistrate Court, Batticaloa to take necessary action to avert a violent situation that may arise. At the hearing both parties undertook to maintain peace. The Courts reprimanded the Respondents not to indulge in such activities and discharged both parties from the proceedings. [Please view P-37 for Case details].
The Library of the University of California Berkeley carries our English book “The Court of Reason” on their shelf under the title “Selected new acquisitions for Religious Studies”. [Please see P-36 for details].

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Four organizations in Kattankudy, that being the Ulama Board of Kattankudy, Federation of Muslims Kattankudy, the Urban Council Kattankudy and the Traders’ Union Kattankudy, jointly lodged a complaint with the Police Station, Kattankudy to prevent the Kandoory being held on the 25th July, 2008. In this context, the Police too filed a Case bearing No. 77174/BC/08 with the Magistrate Court, Batticaloa. The Court ordered the parties concerned to avoid sabotage during the feast. [Please view P35 for Case details].
The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka issued a Court Order on 2nd July, 2008 on the Fundamental Right S.C.F.R Application No. 200/2007 for all the displaced members of All Ceylon Thareekathul Mufliheen to re-settle in Kattankudy and to engage in their day to day activities as before. [See P34 for Case details.]

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The Case filed on 19th June, 2997with the Court of Appeal C.A Writ Application No. 555/2007 was postponed for hearing to 21/01/2013. [See P33 for Case details].
In response to our appeal made on 7th April, 2007 to United Nations, Geneva Ms. Asma Jahangir, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, published our state of affairs in her Report titled “Promotion and Protection of all Human Rights, Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, including the right to Development”. [See P32 for details of Report].
The U.S Department of State under the caption “International Religious Freedom Report 2007” published the injustice meted out to the members of All Ceylon Thareekathul Mufliheen. [See P31 for details].
Two popular English weeklies in the print media, “The Sunday Leader” and “The Lakbima News” prominently published the atrocities committed by the religious extremists in Kathankudy. [See P30:1.1 & 30:1.2 for details].

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Subsequet events in chronological order.

Hold an impartial inquiry into the barbaric and inhuman acts perpetrated in the name of religion by the nefarious religious extremists (Wahabis) and institute appropriate action against them for their misdeeds.

Disarm the group of religious extremists (Wahabis) who disregard the Law and Order of the country.

Restore the Head Office and the Meditation Centre of All Ceylon Thareekathul Mufliheen that was demolished by the Urban Council, Kattankudy to its original state.

Enlighten the All Ceylon Jamiathul Ulama to honour the revocation made by them in the District Court of Colombo and to uphold their honesty and integrity.

Compensate the displaced followers adequately for their material losses.

Create a peaceful atmosphere to facilitate the followers to restore their lost heritage, ruined abodes and business entities.

Peaceful re-settlement with honor.

The All Ceylon Jamiathul Ulama – The Council of Muslim Theologians revoked the “Fatwa” in the year 1996 in the District Court of Colombo after six long years of hearing and it is a pity that there are certain religious extremists (Wahabis) that insist on this “Fatwa” even now, and castigate the members of All Ceylon Thareekathul Mufliheen as “Murthath”, while attempting to induce the archaic and outdated laws in the name of Religion, disregarding the Laws of the country that guarantees the citizens their freedom of right to adhere to the belief of their will and choice as stated in Article 10, 12 (1) and 14 (1) (E) of the constitution of Srilanka. Hence, the attitude of the religious extremists (Wahabis) amount to disregard, dishonor and contempt of court. [See P29 for handbill.]

All Ceylon Thareekathul Mufliheen is a peace-loving and non-violent Religious Society with an unblemished image. The members of this society have shown their patience and tolerance even in times of grave injustice and calamity to them and at all times sought non-violent and legal means for any solution. The words of wisdom of our spiritual leader are to detest armed violence and to strictly resort to peaceful means to evolve a solution in a crisis situation. A striking and noteworthy feature of this religious society is that the members are following this concept to the very letter.

We have accordingly made our submissions to the Court of Justice, the Case being taken up for hearing.

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It is truly disheartening to note that even the Law enforcing officers in the vicinity did not act in a fitting manner and take appropriate action to quell the violence. When loot and arson were rampant not a single culprit was taken into custody by the Police.

A Complaint about the whole episode was lodged with the Police Headquarters Colombo. [See P28 for Police Complaint.]

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The religious extremists (Wahabis) set ablaze 117 houses of our members, their business entities, movable and immovable properties. The loss of damage exceeds 600 million Sri Lankan Rupees. Two of our members were shot and seriously injured while two other members were subjected to cut injuries and one losing his arm. Thereafter, the religious extremists (Wahabis) forcibly chased away over 400 members with their dependents and warned of death if they ever return to Kattankudy. Those victimized lost their belongings and have become destitute today, scattered in different parts of the country, with no proper means of existence, undergoing untold misery and hardship. These religious extremists (Wahabis) have also warned that the members should not resort to any legal recourse against them for the mean and unlawful act perpetrated by them. [See P27 for photographs and relevant press clippings].

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Members of the Urban Council accompanied by the mob entered the precincts of the building in the pretext of demolishing the Minaret, and toppled it over the legally erected building - the Meditation Centre causing tremendous damage, costing several millions of Rupees. The spiritual leader’s body too was exhumed in an inhuman manner and was taken away by them while the Police was witnessing the scene, presumably burnt or buried; the fate of it is unknown yet. [See P26 for relevant photographs.]
The Case in question was heard on 15th December, 2006 through a motion. Here too, it was heard without a notice to us. The judge ordered the Urban Council to take necessary action under the U.C. Ordinance with adequate Police protection. [See P25 for relevant Case documents.]

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A special Judge was flown to Batticaloa from Colombo to hear this case on the orders of the higher authorities. [See P24 for press clipping.]

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Coinciding with this case a separate case was filed by the Urban Council on 13th December 2006 as citing that one of the building (the Minaret) erected by us was an unauthorized structure and be demolished. The Court without a notice for proper hearing ordered the Urban Council to proceed as per U.Cordinance. The demolition was stopped by the Police on guard. Three violent rioters who attempted to overpower the Police were shot and killed. A Police post was attacked and the Chief Inspector’s vehicle and the escort vehicle were attacked with grenades and the Sub Inspector therein sustained injuries while the Headquarters Inspector had a miraculous escape. [See P23 for relevant press clippings.]
The Urban Council, Kattankudy along with two other Islamic bodies namely, Jamiathul Ulama Kattankudy and the Muslim Federation of Mosques and Muslim Organizations filed a case on 11th December, 2006 citing this burial as against Islamic norms and traditions and that permission was not sought from relevant authorities prior to burial. This case was postponed to the 14th December, 2006 to submit relevant documents said to have been in possession with the defendants and thereafter to 19th December, 2006 and was dismissed on 2nd January, 2007. [See P22 for relevant Case documents.]

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The religious extremists (Wahabis) laden with dangerous weapons grouped into violent gangs, moved freely and indulged in unprecedented violence. Here again the Police displayed a lackadaisical attitude.
Life in Kattankudy came to a grinding halt. Banks, Schools, Government and Private Institutions and Business Entities were indefinitely closed. Some Banks and Shops were looted and torched down. [See P21 for photographs and press clippings.]

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In the first week of December, 2006 the spiritual leader fell ill and passed away on 6th December 2006. According to his last wish his body was laid to rest as per Islamic rites at the Meditation Centre located at Head Office in Kattankudy. The Jamiathul Ulama Kattankudy, the Muslim Federation of Mosques and the Urban Council Kattankudy in connivance with religious extremists (Wahabis) instigated the people to oppose the burial by spreading false rumours that the body was placed in a chamber-tomb immersed in honey and violently demanded it to be taken elsewhere to uphold the sanctity of the soil as saying a “Murthath” is not permitted to be buried. [See P20 for press clipping & handbill.]

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To the astonishment of many, an untowardly incident took place on 2nd December, 2006 where a member of our religious society who passed away on 1st December, 2006, buried the same day was exhumed on 2nd December, 2006 by the religious extremists (Wahabis) and was laid out on ground as saying that to uphold the sanctity of Kattankudy soil, dead bodies of our members will not be permitted to bury. [See P19 for relevant press clippings and photographs.]

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This matter was also brought to the notice of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Ms.Asma Jahangir on her visit to Sri Lanka and was reported by them in the LST REVIEW Volume 16 Issue 221 March 2006 under the title CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE QUESTION OF RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE. [See P17 for relevant publication].

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The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka after careful investigations explicitly stated that the fundamental rights as stated in Section 12 (1) 10, 14 (1) A-C-E and 14 (H) of the Constitution of Sri Lanka have been violated and submitted their recommendations to the Inspector General of Police for implementation. Sadly, the Police were inactive in implementing these recommendations on an equitable manner. [See P16 for HRC recommendations.]

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A complaint was lodged with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka on 18th April, 2005 to seek justice and redress for the gross violation of human rights and freedom of religious belief. [See P15 for HRC complaint.]

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On 31st October in the year 2004 at around 12.30 p.m. religious extremists (Wahabis) in connivance with the Police and certain Politicians unleashed violence on an unprecedented scale. They destroyed and set ablaze the Meditation Centre, Head Office, abodes of members and their business entities worth millions of Rupees. A member was shot and killed while another was shot and seriously injured. A Footwear Factory and another business establishment owned by members were torched down. A grenade was thrown at a house and was severely damaged. The Police did not act in a fitting manner, but aiding and abetting the religious extremists (Wahabis). Hence, a complaint was lodged with the Police Headquarters Colombo on 12th November, 2004. [See P13 & P14 for Police complaint & relevant press clippings.]

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The second defamation case was filed by the spiritual leader in 1989 against the Council of Jamiathul Ulama, Maruthamunai for misquoting on a hand bill certain sections of the Tamil book “Imanin Unmayai Nee Arivaya” authored by him. After 14 years of hearing the case the verdict that was given was referred to the Court of appeal, for their judgment. [See P11 & P 12 for relevant documents.]

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The spiritual leader and his followers in Maruthamunai too faced a similar situation and underwent untold hardship. Many of them weresubjected to physical harm, shootings and grenade attacks. [See P10 for relevant documents.]

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The Meditation Centre that was erected first in the year 1996 was set ablaze on 29th May at 1 a.m. the same year by religious extremists (Wahabis). A complaint was lodged with the Police station, Kattankudy. (See P09 for Police Complaint.] Thereafter, a temporary building was put up and religious activities were carried out despite death threats and other obstacles.

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Members of this Religious Society were denied Registration of Marriages and Burial of dead bodies according to Islamic rites and through legal proceedings lost rights were restored. [See P07& P08 for relevant documents.]

All Ceylon Thareekathul Mufliheen is a peace-loving and non-violent Religious Society with an unblemished image. The members of this society have shown their patience and tolerance even in times of grave injustice and calamity to them and at all times sought non-violent and legal means for any solution. The words of wisdom of our spiritual leader are to detest armed violence and to strictly resort to peaceful means to evolve a solution in a crisis situation. A striking and noteworthy feature of this religious society is that the members are following this concept to the very letter.

We have accordingly made our submissions to the Court of Justice, the Case being taken up for hearing.

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In the year 1990 the spiritual leader in his Tamil Book “Thirukkuran Theerpu - Part II” threw a challenge and offered a cash reward of a sum of Rupees One Hundred Thousand to anyone who can disprove his writing on conditions as set out in his book, but none has come forward to take up his challenge as yet. [See P06 for Cash Reward.]

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The above illegal and unwarranted act caused great pain of mind and loss of reputation to the spiritual leader, who filed a defamation case against the All Ceylon Jamiathul Ulama – the Council of Muslim Theologians in the District Court of Colombo in the year 1990. After 6 long years of hearing the Jamiathul Ulama in the year 1996 agreed to a settlement and revoked the “Fatwa” in the District Court of Colombo and stated that the said “Fatwa” be deemed not to have been made. [See P05 for Revocation of Fatwa.]

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In the year 1980 the spiritual leader authored the Tamil Book “Imanin Unmaiyai Nee Arivaya” (Do you know the truth of Iman). The religious body of All Ceylon Jamiathul Ulama - the Council of Muslim Theologians without a clear and perfect understanding of the text and a proper hearing issued a “Fatwa” (Religious Edict) on 10th September, 1989 and made a public declaration in the Tamil newspaper, “The Thinapathy” of 16th September, 1989 and termed the spiritual leader and his followers as those who have renounced Islam “Murthath”. [See P04 for Press Publication.]

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All events from the inception in chronological order.

The major contributing factor for all the evil deeds in this world is the feeling in one that creation is separate from this power and from oneself. The sacred Kalimah is a blessing bestowed on Humanity by Allah (God) to tread the right path to attain peace and tranquility through self-realization or union with God by contemplation, meditation and purification of mind. The Quran says thus, “God is with you closer to you than your jugular vein”, the awareness andrealization of which, is the ultimate goal of the human existence in this phenomenal world.
A striking feature in his publications is that he has not coerced one to embrace his doctrine and he is of the view that one is at liberty to choose his path of faith. In this context, it is appropriate to cite Holy Quran Ayat 2:256, 109:6, 10:99, 88:22, 23, 24 and 18:29 that clearly says that there is no compulsion in religion. [See P03 for relevant Ayat.]

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“Thareeka” is an Arabic word, meaning “a Path”. This spiritual path leads one to attain eternal peace, tranquility and union with God. The word “Thareekathul Mufliheen” is also an Arabic word meaning, “The path of the fearless victorious”. The vision of Thareeka is to expound the true meaning of “Kalimathuth Thayibah” (Fragrant sacred word) “LA ILAHA ILLALLAH”, the basic principle in Islam, meaning “There is nothing (Creation) but Allah (God)”. This word Allah (God) denotes a great power, unbound by time and space, infinite and beyond human imagination. The creation is only the manifestation of this eternal truth, not separate from it. This truth has been clearly established beyond doubts by the spiritual leader based on Holy Quran and Hadith (Prophetic traditions) in his numerous publications and 181 spiritual songs, written and composed by him. Please log on to our Website www.mufliheen.org for more details. [See P02 for List of Publications.]

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All Ceylon Thareekathul Mufliheen, a Sufi order, was founded 35 years ago by the spiritual leader Sheihul Mufliheen M.S.M. Abdullah(Rah), popularly known as “Pailvaan” meaning (Wrestler) in English. He lived in Maruthamunai, a coastal town in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. All Ceylon Thareekathul Mufliheen was registered as a Cultural Society on 1st June, 1989 in the District Secretariat, Batticaloa, the capital city of the Eastern Province, hold legal status to observe the Religion on which the spiritual leader and his followers have reposed their faith. Members of this society follow Islam and hold the belief in “Tawheed” (Omnipresence of God or Oneness of the Being). The Head Office is located in Kattankudy with Branches in other parts of the country. There are over 15,000 members in Sri Lanka and world over, reposed their faith on the doctrine enunciated by this spiritual leader. [See P01 for Registration Certificate.]

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A complete history of All Ceylon Thareekathul Mufliheen. Also, carries all events past, present and future.