Security personnel patrol outside St Anthony’s Church, one of the sites bombed on Easter Sunday. Photo: EPA

The truth about ‘tawhid’: how a central tenet of Islam became a violent strain linked to the Sri Lanka bombings

  • Groups whose names reference their belief in the concept, which declares absolute monotheism, have come under scrutiny in Sri Lanka for their links to Islamic State
  • Experts say the spread of ‘tawhid’ needs to be monitored as radicals exploiting the concept seek to change how locals have traditionally practised Islam in a multi-religious society
Topic |   Sri Lanka

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Security personnel patrol outside St Anthony’s Church, one of the sites bombed on Easter Sunday. Photo: EPA
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Kumari Fernando, who lost her husband, Dulip Fernando, and two children, Dulakghi and Vimukthi, during the bombing at St Sebastian's Church. Photo: Reuters
Zachary Abuza
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Opinion

Zachary Abuza

Sri Lanka attacks: why the wealthy and successful become suicide bombers

  • The world was shocked to hear that two of the nine suicide bombers that hit Sri Lanka were children of a millionaire spice merchant who grew up in luxury
  • But society should understand it is because they have much to lose that these terrorists are able to influence their constituency and inspire others

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Kumari Fernando, who lost her husband, Dulip Fernando, and two children, Dulakghi and Vimukthi, during the bombing at St Sebastian's Church. Photo: Reuters
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