Deva Kumarasiri said that he believes immigrants should take pride in their new culture. This has made local Muslims “very, very angry.” Taking pride in their new culture would require them to accept that a jahili society — a society of unbelief — had any value, despite its not being ruled by Islamic law. No wonder Kumarasiri has them so enraged.
“It is not the function of Islam to compromise with the concepts of Jahiliyya [the society of unbelievers] which are current in the world or to co-exist in the same land together with a jahili system”¦.Islam cannot accept any mixing with Jahiliyyah. Either Islam will remain, or Jahiliyyah; no half-half situation is possible. Command belongs to Allah, or otherwise to Jahiliyyah; Allah’s Shari”ah [law] will prevail, or else people’s desires: “And if they do not respond to you, then know that they only follow their own lusts. And who is more astray than one who follows his own lusts, without guidance from Allah? Verily! Allah guides not the people who are disobedient.”[Qur’an 28:50]”¦The foremost duty of Islam is to depose Jahiliyyah from the leadership of man, with the intention of raising human beings to that high position which Allah has chosen for him.” — Sayyid Qutb
“Dispatched: The post office boss who insisted his customers speak English,” by Tom Harper for the Daily Mail, March 22 (thanks to all who sent this in):
The postmaster who refused to serve customers who could not speak English has been transferred to another branch following complaints from local Muslims.
Sri Lankan-born Deva Kumarasiri introduced a ban on non-English speakers last week after claiming they frustrated other customers and made his job more difficult.
Mr Kumarasiri, who moved to Britain 18 years ago, said he believed that new immigrants should learn the language and take pride in their new culture.
But he turned up to work yesterday to find his managers at the agency which runs the Sneinton Boulevard post office in Carlton, Nottingham, for the Post Office had decided to transfer him to another branch.
Last night, Mr Kumarasiri claimed that Riswan Raja, the 27-year-old owner of the shop in which the post office is situated, threatened to make his life a “˜living hell”.
He said: “˜Mr Raja is a Muslim and he is very, very angry. He told me he wouldn’t let me walk through his shop to access the post office and he and other local Muslims have started a petition to get rid of me.
“˜Because of that, I decided I could no longer work in this area. I told my bosses and they have transferred me to another post office.”
With tensions running high, his bosses have banned the father of two from revealing his new location for fear of reprisals.
But last night Mr Kumarasiri pledged to stick with his controversial ban on non-English speakers at the new branch.
He said: “˜I will continue with my policy and try to do what is best for the people of Nottingham.
“˜I”m not backing down. It’s only a few people who have forced me out. It’s the owner of the shop and some of the Muslim community. It’s not the people out there — they support me. Mr Raja didn’t like my policy and said I lost him a lot of trade, but I only banned five people….
Mr Raja said: “˜I never threatened him or said I would make his life a living hell. I just called the agency and told them I don’t want him working there. I was hugely upset about it. He upset a lot of customers — even English people are upset.
“˜Anyway, post offices are known for being bilingual in order to help people out who can’t speak English.”…