Buddhists demand demolition of Mosque and Muslim shrine

From People of Shambhala.

Over 1,000 protesters in the area of Dambulla, Sri Lanka, have rallied against the Masjidul Khaira mosque, which they claim did not obtain the proper planning permission.

The protesters, led by Ven Inamaluwe Shri Sumanagala, included a large number of Buddhist monks, who waved the international Biddhist flag and carried placards.

The issue of planning permission does not seem to be the real objection to the mosque, however. According to the Ceylon Times, Akmeemana Dayarathna Thera, one of the monks on the rally, said, “We asked them to remove the mosque as Dambulla was declared a holy city with a sacred temple.”

According to the International Business Times, the mosque was firebombed the evening before the demonstration. The Army, Police and the Special Task Force (STF) were deployed to protect it, and Muslim worshippers, from attack when a large group of Buddhists surrounded the building during… read more.

5 Replies to “Buddhists demand demolition of Mosque and Muslim shrine”

  1. It takes a lot to get the natuarally placid Budhists backs up. I’d say there is a lot more than meets they public eye here…

  2. Interesting developements…..I wonder what is NOT beong reported RE trigger events that led up to this….

  3. Hi Ross and Greg;

    do you really think there needed to be a trigger event? there were no triggers or events that are unseen. Its quite straightforward really. muslims are not welcome in the holy buddhist town of dambulla because it is sacred for buddha only. we can say so now as proud sinhalese. they may not even use the toilets there. as the learned venerable monk said; “crows can fly, but they may not make a nest” here.

  4. I would hope that they would welcome Christians and others in their backyard. We tend to think of Budhists as nice people. The ones I know certainly are.

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