“Promotion and Preservation of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs in Sri Lanka”
Objectives and Functions:
The main objective of the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs, which comes under the Ministry of Eastern Development and Muslim Religious Affairs, is to foster and promote Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs and to implement the Mosque and Muslim Charitable Trusts or Wakf Act. No 51 of 1956 as amended by the Mosques and Muslim Charitable Trusts or Wakf (Amendment) Act No. 21 of 1962 and Act No. 33 of 1982. Click here for WAKFS ACT
a) Dealing with all matters pertaining to Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs such as
|1. Arrangements for the Ramadhan
||a. Ensuring the uninterrupted supply of water, electricity, and essential goods during this month.
b. Free distribution of dates among the Muslims receivable from the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
|2. Arrangement for the Hajj
||a. Registration of Hajj Travel Operator
b. Opening of a special passport counter for a period of two weeks at the Department of Immigration and Emigration to help the pilgrims to get their passport without any difficulty.
c. Arrangements to obtain visas for the pilgrims and free movement visas for the travel operators.
d. Arrangements with the airline authorities to get the required numbers of seats at lower rates.
e. Officers are sent to assist the airport authorities during the departure and arrivals of pilgrims at Katunayake International Airport.
f. A team of officers are sent to look after the welfare of the pilgrims and the travel operators in K.S.A.
g. A medical team is sent to K.S.A. to treat the Sri Lankan pilgrims during the Hajj.
|3. Arrangement for the National Meelad
||a. Publishing the History of Muslims of that District, where the Celebration is held
b. Conducting competitions on Reciting Quran, Islamic Articles, and Islamic and general affairs in all three languages. The winners are awarded certificates and cash prizes
c. Rehabilitation and Development of that District, including the religious places
d. Honoring 15 senior Muazins and Katheebs, who served in the Mosques for very long years
e. Conducting Islamic self employment training for the unemployed and unmarried girls selected from that District
f. Conducting training programme for the Teachers of Islamic preschools
|4. Regularizing Arabic Colleges, Quran Madrasa, & Islamic Preschools
b. Issuing guidelines, implementing common syllabus, on curriculum & administration.
c. Encouragement and publishing Muslim Religious and Cultural Books
d. Financial Assistance & guidance to deserving Religious and Cultural Organizations, Mosques, Madrasas and Arabic Colleges.
|5. Documentation of Muslim Data
||a. Collection and preservation of all Muslim related data
b. Maintenance of a Website with all available information
|6. Religious Observances to mark the Islamic important events
||a. Mihraj Day
b. Muharram Day
c. Islamic Festivals
|7. Religious Observances to mark the National important events
||a. Independence Day
|8. Islamic Cultural Development
||a. Recording of Islamic Cultural activities
b. Recording of Muslim identical cultures in Sri Lanka
b) Implementing the Mosques and Muslim Charitable Trusts or Wakf Act and attending to all matters provided for in the Act such as:
|9. Wakf Board Activities
||a. Registration of Mosques and Muslim Shrines
b. Appointment, suspension and removal of trustees of Mosques and Muslim Shrines
c. Scrutinizing of Mosques account and administering the Muslim Charities Fund
d. Attending the problems in Mosques, etc.
e. Attending religious important matters
|10. Wakf Tribunal Activities
||a. Attending Mosque cases referred by the Wakf board for decision
| Random Hadees
| Narrated//Abu Hazim: I asked Sahl bin Sad, "Did Allah's Apostle ever eat white flour?" Sahl said, "Allah's Apostle never saw white flour since Allah sent him as an Apostle till He took him unto Him." I asked, "Did the people have (use) sieves during the lifetime of Allah's Apostle?" Sahl said, "Allah's Apostle never saw (used) a sieve since Allah sent him as an Apostle until He took him unto Him," I said, "How could you eat barley unsifted?" he said, "We used to grind it and then blow off its husk, and after the husk flew away, we used to prepare the dough (bake) and eat it." Sahih Bukhari, Book 65