The initial thoughts regarding ISIS entered Sri Lanka after the clash in Aluthgama, says M. I. M. Rizwi (Mufthi), the Cairman of All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU).
In a letter to the former Defence Secretary , Gotabaya Rajapaksa on 4 July 2014 the hate speech spread by National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ) was informed, he said.
Former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando was warned of the activities of the National Thowheed Jama’ath organization this year and a CD with details was handed over to him ,he added.
The ACJU chairman stated this testifying before the Special Parliament Select Committee appointed to probe the terrorist attacks on the 21st of April.
Further testifying, the ACJU chairman stated that he was criticized by the NTJ for expressing his views against the Islamic State.
He emphasized that the Islamic State has not done anything for the sake of the Muslim community and a ‘real Muslim’ person would never prove loyalty to the IS.