Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered the rebuilding of a Muslim shrine demolished by a group led by monks.
The decision comes after talks Sri Lanka Muslim Council held with the Defence Secretary today.
The monks who were behind the demolition claimed that the shrine was built on land given to Buddhists 2,000 years ago while the Muslims claim the shrine was more than 150 years old.
Although some Muslims abhor glorifying shrines, many saw it as an affront to the Muslim community and a threat to co-existence in the post-war peace-building period, one Muslim community leader said.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Muslim Council, NM Ameen told BBC that Muslims and Sinhalese Buddhists lived peacefully together, but that "unknown groups" had been trying to create problems between them.
He said the defence secretary gave other directives on behalf of Muslims, including a guarantee that there would be no interference in a Muslim ritual of animal sacrifice due to take place at a forthcoming festival.