DHAKA, Nov 28, 2020 (BSS) – Awami League Joint General Secretary Mahbub-Ul-Alam Hanif today said Islam never allows extremist and people do not support extremism in the country.
“Alem and Olema are respectable, they are representing Islam. They are bearers and carriers of Islam. But there is no place for extremism in Islam,” he said this, while speaking at a discussion and doa mahfil as the chief guest.
Hanif said the sculpture of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will be established in the country. No force has the power to stop it, he said.
Dhaka South City Awami League (AL) unit organised the discussion and doa mahfil marking 14th death anniversary of former city AL president and ex-mayor of Dhaka Mohammad Hanif with its president Abu Ahmed Mannafi in the chair. General Secretary of the unit Humayun Kabir also spoke in the programme.
Hanif said, “You are talking about sculpture. There are many sculptures in other Muslim countries in the world. None talks about sculpture there. The sculpture of Bangabandhu will be established in Bangladesh too, none has the strength and power to stop it.”
“People in Mecca don’t talk about sculpture. You are speaking like the language of militants. As an independent state, the country did not become independent after nine months war to hear Pakistani ghosts or threats of Razakars. It’s an independent country. There is a government and people,” he said.
The AL joint general secretary said the country’s Alem society and Islamic scholars repeatedly cleared that sculptures and idols are not the same but a communal force is creating unwanted debates over the establishing of sculpture of Bangabandhu.
He said the sculpture of Bangabandhu will be set up in the country with the spirit of the Liberation War and the country’s culture.
Hanif said a religious fundamentalist group is trying to spread misinterpretation over the sculpture of Bangabandhu, the architect of independent Bangladesh, to spread hatred among religious people.
The government will not tolerate evil attempts and never allow activities against peace and harmony of common people, he stated.
Hanif said some people in the name of Alem, Olema and Islamic scholars are trying to create an issue centering the sculpture of Bangabandhu with ill motive.
He said in the post-independence period, Bangabandhu had established Islamic Foundation to promote Islamic research and practice.
Following the footsteps of Bangabandhu, his daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, as a devoted follower of Islam, is establishing model mosque complex in every upazila to foster true Islamic practice, he added.
Hanif said those who threaten Shapla Chattar again should be ashamed, adding, “They should have an idea about the power of government, our GDP is at 5, where the GDP is going down in the world during the coronavirus pandemic. This was done due to the present government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”
“Bangladesh is now a role model of development. No development activities of the BNP government were visible. BNP’s politics is full of false allegations. They always lie about the vote. Even there is no issue in the political arena, but they are trying to make issue,” he said.