Muslim women, traditionally steeped in Islamic religious tenets, can now show their mettle. The United Muslim Party of Ulamas (UMPU) stated yesterday that there was no objection to Muslim women joining the proposed Muslim Unit of the Sri Lanka Army.
President of the United Party of Ulamas, or Muslim theologians Moulavi Mubarak Abdul Majid told The Island yesterday (2) that recruitment of women to the army is not opposed by the Ulamas provided Islamic religious tenets are observed while enlisted.
In a statement issued by the UMPU says that both Sinhala and Tamil people posses armies of their own. As the Muslims do not have an army unit of their own, there is nothing wrong in setting up a Muslim Unit in the SL Army, and deploying them in the East and any other area. Thereby the Muslim youths can serve both their community and the nation, states the release. If a Muslim Unit is set up then it should function in accordance with Islamic religious and cultural aspects, the UMPGU further states...
The UMPU asserts that it is the Muslims who have the right to voice any concern regarding the issue, and not the TNA. The Tamils already posses an independent army of their own, the release discloses. The Muslim unit should not be used against the Tamil people, and refutes claims by the North and East Sinhala Organisations that the formation of a Muslim army unit may result in cropping up of unprecedented problems.
The UMPU questions the causes for the massacre of Muslims while in the Mosque and the reasons for the forced repatriations of Muslims from the North.
On the contrary, the existence of a Muslim only unit will serve to strengthen the understanding between the two nationalities, the release further states.