A study has shown that there are no Islamist jihadist groups in Sri Lanka.
The study was commissioned by the Colombo-based International Centre for Ethnic Studies.
India’s newspaper- The Hindu reported that the study had gone into an accusation, made both from within and outside the Muslim community in recent years, that a “jihadist” movement was being formed in the Eastern province, where Muslims constitute around 37 per cent the population.
Discussion with representatives of Thablighi Jamaat, Thawheed and Sufi groups revealed that while there is talk among discontented youth about supporting jihadi practices, these are idle youth responding to the global trend in Islam, but with no means to make this a reality.
The study said that Local organisations such as mosque federations are also keeping tabs on the community and nipping such ideas in the bud.
Quoting Tamil writer and intellectual M.A. Nuhman, the study refers to two reformist movements — Jamaat-e-Islami and Thabligh-i-Jamaat, both of which arrived in Sri Lanka during the 1950s.