Muslim Religious leaders pay a courtesy call on Hon. Minister of Buddasasana Religious and Cultural Affairs

Press Release

The Muslim Religious leaders representing All Ceylon Jamiyyathula Ulama, Shariya Council, Supreme Council of Sufi Thareeqa and National Zoora Council paid a courtesy call  on Hon. Vidura Wickramanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs   today  at the Ministry.

Hon.  Minister of Buddhasasana Religious and Cultural Affairs welcomed the Religious Leaders and thanked them for paying a courtesy  call on him.  Hon. Minister reiterated  the important role  that could be played  by Muslim Religious Leaders  and the Mosques   to support the Government  in the current  economic  situation  particularly  to overcome  shortage of food.

He further said that such problems could be overcome through  the Mosques  and Daham Pasal  by growing food  crops  wherever  land is available in this  needy period

He further stated that such home gardening programme would be ceremonially launched   in Colombo District   at the Dehiwala Jummah Masjid as arranged by the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs. The Hon.  Minister sought the support of Muslim Religious Leaders in promoting the home gardening at every religious place where it is possible. The following religious leaders   represented the major Muslim Religious Organizations in Sri Lanka at the meeting.

All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

Ash Shaikh M Arkam Nooramith and Ash Shaikh P.L. Salman

2. Shariya Council

Ash Shaikh S. Aroos

3. Supreme Council of Sufi Thareeqa

Ash Shaikh Mufthi Musthafa Raza and Moulavi Ahamed Sha Jamali

4. National Zoora Council

Ash Shaikh Ziyard Ibrahim and Ash Shaikh Mahdoom

The Religious leaders thanked the Hon. Minister for giving them an opportunity to meet the Hon. Minister and informed him that religion of Islam promotes agriculture and home gardening and that it is stated in the Holy Quran and that there have been several sayings of Prophet Mohammed in this regard.

The religious leaders assured the Hon. Minister that they will support the Minister’s initiatives which would be beneficial to all Communities in Sri Lanka. Hon. Minister handed over the letters to the Religious leaders requesting them to promote the Home Gardening under the concept of “A better Tomorrow from Righteous Farming” National Program of Expeditious Food Crop Production – 2022”

The Meeting was attended by Mr. Somaratne Vidanapathirana, Secretary, Ministry of Buddhasasana Religious and Cultural Affairs, Ms Nayana Nathavitharana, Additional Secretary (Religious Affairs) of Ministry of Buddhasasana Religious and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Ibrahim Ansar, Director of the Department of Muslim Cultural Affairs, Mr. Nishantha Pushpa Kumara, Director, Planning of the Ministry of Buddhasasana Religious and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Ala Ahamed, Assistant Director and Mr. M.M.M. Mufthi, of the Religious Affairs Division of the Department of Muslim Religious Affairs.

Media Unit

Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs

Colombo 10.

23.06.2022