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Voting: What the Fatwa

How to Understand a Fatwa A 80+minute Lecture (Video) (Islam21C) ABOUT THE SPEAKER DR SALMAN BUTT  Salman studied Biochemistry at Imperial College London followed by a PhD in Chemical Biology, carrying out research into photosynthesis. During his years at university he became involved in Islamic society da’wah and activism, and general Muslim community projects. He … Continue reading

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Real risks of a special presidential commission of inquiry

Sunday Times The presenting of a Cabinet Paper by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa this week, proposing the establishment of a Special Presidential Commission of Inquiry (SPCOI), under the SPCOI Law (1978) to investigate government officials who had conducted ‘witch hunts’ of other public officials during the time of the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe coalition Government as well as … Continue reading

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Are we doomed to repeat the past, in fearful force?

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene (Sunday Times) The wildly popular urban myth of lemmings rushing to the sea in waves of mass suicide has a parallel in Sri Lanka in waves of ‘meru’ insects desperately attracted to the very light that eventually kills them. Quaintly known as ‘Christmas flies’ probably because they are most evident towards that … Continue reading

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New President: What’s in store for minorities?

Daily Mirror Rajapaksas have been anathema to Tamils  Southern leaders should reach out to minorities while bridling extremists among them  Analyses of results of last Saturday’s presidential election seem to run counter to recent history. The main reason for the assumptions of political analysts seems to be the popular but wrong presumption that people always … Continue reading

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