Dambulla, a beautiful town. Photo by Photosightfaces
Muslims are Sri Lanka’s invisible minority. In Colombo they are one of the biggest communties, as they are in many coastal towns. In Dambulla, however, they are more of a minority minority, and un-Buddhist forces there are protesting and calling for the demolition of a mosque (Ceylon Today).
I say un-Buddhist because the protests, despite being led by monks, display none of the compassion or understanding of Buddhisms. Monks should be meditating, not making territorial claims.
The Masjidul Khaira mosque has been in Dambulla for over 50 years and, truth be told, even if it was built yesterday, Sri Lankan Muslims have a right to worship as much as anybody else. While I am proud that Sri Lanka preserves the Theravada Buddhist faith and practice, this is not the practice, and it is in bad faith. It’s actually a total shame.