(Historical view)

Arafath saifullah (Haqqani)

When Independence Day comes, it is customary to fly the national flag everywhere.

But it is a historical fact that there is a close relationship between Sri Lankan Muslims and this national flag.

Through these historical backgrounds the most important message of how much the Muslims worked for the nation is evident.

When the Mughal rulers conquered the Pandya country of India in 1310 AD, Unani physicians from Persia used to visit Sri Lanka frequently.

Historians have noted that Unani medicine is a remedy based on Muslim-owned Persia.

Some doctors from Persia used to come to Sri Lanka through Kerala. The reason is that on that day Unani medicine became the main medicine not only in Sri Lanka but also in the major government councils of the world.

When some doctors from Persia visited various places in the state of Kerala, they were given a huge welcome by the Samurdhi kings there. They were arrested and imprisoned on charges of entering Sri Lanka illegally upon their arrival in Sri Lanka.

It was during this period that King Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe of the Kingdom of Kandy was taken to the King's Palace after the prison guards informed him that his wife was suffering from an incurable disease. They then researched the healing of the king's wife. Unani physicians from Persia, who answered the king's questions, offered to treat his wife, the empress. Based on this, the Empress was cured by the treatment given.

Historians say that the king was pleased with this and after releasing them all, he gave them important positions and appointed them as doctors of the Kandy State Council.

Historical records attest to the fact that the kings later issued land titles called "Sannas" to them in Kandy and that there was an learned alim in this group.

The doctor who came from Persia learned this religion and the scholar used to go to different parts of the country. The learned alim who had come in this group one day went through the forest and asked for nothing to drink due to thirst. A woman from the village, who knew that someone handsome white man had asked for something to drink, gave the alim a kithul toddy called "kithulra" to drink. Unaware that it would cause intoxication, the alim drank the kithul toddy called "kithulra". He gave the Sinhala woman the proud ring on her finger. A man came to his house and drank a kithul toddy called kithulra and caused a great stir.

The situation worsened and he was taken to the king's court. The king wanted to marry this woman to Alim, a Muslim doctor. But he denied it. He said that he belonged to the royal family of Persia and that he wanted to marry only those who belonged to a higher caste or else he would leave the country and go to his native Persia.

The king immediately married women from the "Kovigama Ratala" family of Kandy.

Scholars have noted that seven physicians, including Aalim, who visited through the Mughal Empire of Persia, were given immense welcome and honor in the court.

In particular, they visited the Kingdom of Kandy, that is, through the Mughal rule in India. Seven people, including the Aalim, visited various places in the Kingdom of Kandy.

They had a flag in their hand. Their flag was seen as the lion flag. In honor of the King of Sri Lanka, the seven Muslim physicians presented the Lion Flag to the King.

From then on, only the king was allowed to use the lion flag in national ceremonies.

The flag was given to the second Bhuvanekabahu king by Muslim physicians in 1464 AD. A. Nicholas was quoted in the February 11, 1951, issue of Time of Ceylon. Historian S. According to A. Nicholas, the national flag of Sri Lanka was introduced by the Muslims and this proof is sufficient.

Muslims who proposed the declaration of the Lion Flag as the National Flag in Parliament

It is against this backdrop that Muslims have come up with the idea of ​​recognizing the Lion Flag in the Sri Lankan Parliament as the national flag of Sri Lanka.
It is a historical fact that the lion flag was introduced as the national flag by a Muslim.

Ahmed Chinna Lebbe, a Member of Parliament, proposed the idea of ​​adopting the national flag of Sri Lanka as the Lion Flag.

When various ideas were put forward that the Lion flag should not be accepted as the national flag, they were all put forward by Batticaloa constituency United National Party MP Ahmed Chinna Lebbe on January 16, 1948.

After the independence of Sri Lanka, a motion was moved on 16 January 1948 by Prime Minister D.S. Senanayake to recognize the Valentine Lion flag associated with Vijayan's history as its national flag. It was boldly proposed by the then Batticaloa MP Ahmed Chinnaleppa. It was approved by A.E. Gunasinghe.

Kankesanthurai MP Selvanayagam and Vaddukottai MP Kanagaratnam strongly objected to the lion flag and sword being accepted.

However, in support of the Valentine's Lion Flag, Chinnaleppa made some very bold remarks that day. In it he said that Muslims also value the sword.

Muslims believe in sovereignty over this sword. He said it would protect minorities. His speech is considered one of the most important in the history of Sri Lanka.

A committee was appointed by the then Prime Minister to examine the proposal and submit a report. In which s. WRD Bandaranaike (Chairman), Sir John Kothalawala, JR Jayawardena, Dr. TP Jaya, Dr. LA Rajapaksa, G.G. Ponnambalam, Senator S. Nadesan, Dr. Senarath Paranavitharana and others were present.

Tamil delegates again protested against the lion and the sword in the committee. Senator Nadesan in particular vehemently opposed and refused to sign the final statement. But Dr. Jaya, the Muslim representative, supported it along with the Sinhalese and contributed to the success of the report.

This is the second time that Muslims have dedicated themselves to protecting the lion on the national flag of Sri Lanka

HM in an article about this by Carol Aloysius in The Sri lankan Lion flag how it came to be. Herath's National Flag and National Anthem of Sri Lanka, Sir Walter Wijayanayakka's Sri Lanka's National Flag, Part of Constitution, etc. Dr. Ashraf, the late Muslim leader, also mentioned this issue during his discussion with Soma Hamaduru as a commitment to the country of Sri Lankan Muslims.

Thus the lion and its sword are the symbol of this nation and Muslims have dedicated themselves to their history and considered the sword as their biological and cultural symbol.

On March 2, 1951, green and orange were introduced in the national flag. These colors represent the major minority species living in Sri Lanka. The motion was moved by the then Member of Parliament for Kelaniya, J.P. It is noteworthy that Ahmed Chinna Lebbe, a former Member of Parliament for the Batticaloa District, is proud to have submitted to the Sri Lankan Parliament the idea that R Jayawardena should be the first to introduce it in Parliament and introduce it as the national flag of Sri Lanka.

As we examine the services of Muslims, the historical fact that Muslims have made a tremendous national contribution even to the introduction of the national flag of Sri Lanka is highlighted.
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