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In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Ever Merciful
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at, Bangladesh
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The situation in Brahmanbaria
The two days 63rd Annual Convention of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Brahmanbaria, a town about 100 km east of Dhaka has started on Friday, 19th March, 2010 amidst tense and threats from the Khatme Nabwat people and undue interference from local police at Kandipara under the Brahmanbaria Municipality (please see the Daily Star report).
In our previous report in Bangla (pls. see below) sent on Thursday, 18th March, 2010, we mentioned that local fanatic mollahs under the banner of “Tahaffuz-e-Khatme Nabuwat” was trying to ban the local Ahmadiyya Annual Convention and accordingly they were creating pressure on local law enforcing authorities. They sent a representation to the Deputy Commissioner, Superintendent of Police and local Member of Parliament to stop the convention. However, after several negotiations and representations from local Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, the authorities permitted to hold the convention under following 7 (seven) conditions (!) signed by Mr. Mohammad Hamidul Islam, Officer In-Charge, Brahmanbaria Model Thana (Police Station):
This may be mentioned here that:
Therefore, we feel that the above conditions imposed by the local police and local authorities are clear violation of basic human rights and freedom of religion ensured by our constitution.
This may be mentioned here that during the inaugural session that was on Friday, 19th March, 2010, after the Juma prayers, police entered to our Brahmanbaria mosque and asked our local authorities to switch off the internal microphone. Our reply was it was the internal sound system and people had been listening the proceedings sitting at the 1st and ground floors as the main speeches were delivered from the 2nd floor. Therefore, if the microphones were switched off then they would not be able to listen the speeches. Moreover, the sounds of the speeches were not going outside, even it was not been heard from the adjacent room of the mosque where the police officers were sitting. But the Second Officer of the Brahmanbaria Police Station became angry with us and in a commanding voice said, “Don’t argue with me, you have been asked to switch off the sound system and you do so, otherwise face the consequences”.
This may also be noted here that a group of fanatic mollahs under the banner of “Tahaffuz-e-Khatme Nabuwat” was trying to create anarchism and was chanting slogans “দাও লও, কুড়াল লও, কাদিয়ানীর কেল্লা লও” (“take lethal weapons, take axes, and behead the Qadianies (Ahmadies)” even in presence of law enforcing authorities and local Member of Parliament. And NO action was taken against them.
Foundation of Ahmadiyyat in Bangladesh and Brahmanbaria: The Ahmdiyya Muslim Jama’at in Bangladesh was first established in Brahmanbaria in 1912 by Hazrat Maolana Syed Abdul Wahed sahib (Rah.) who was a great saint of that area and was known as “Boro Maolana Sahib”. As he accepted the Ahmadiyya Muslim belief and took biat at the hands of the first Khalifa of the Holy Founder of the Jama’at, whom Ahmadies believes as Imam Mahdi, hundreds of people of that area and surroundings became Ahmadi.
In 1987, the central Ahmadiyya Mosque of Brahmanbria town “Masjid Mubarak” was forcefully captured by the religious fanatics/mullahs under the banner of “Tahaffuz-e-Khatme Nabuwat” and the then police authority helped them to capture that as the police in the name of “safeguarding” asked all Ahmadies who were inside the mosque to vacate and later handed over that to the mollahs. The mollahs renamed the mosque as “Masjid Fatah” or the “Conquered Mosque” and later established a Madrassa adjacent to the mosque. Since then the mosque and other three mosques around the Brahmanbaria area named: Ahmadiyya Mosque in Ghatura, Ahmadiyya Mosque in Bhadugarh and Ahmadiyya Mosque in Kharampur have been illegally occupied by the mollahs. All the mosques were legally owned and built by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at. Our Jama’at appealed various governments during the last 21 (till 2008) years to restore those mosques from illegal occupations and hand over them to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, which has the legitimate rights to own them. But unfortunately no heed was given to the appeal. Now, we further appeal to this democratic government, who led our liberation war and committed to up-hold the spirit of our liberation movement and establish a non-communal, secular Bangladesh to take necessary steps to free our mosques from illegal occupations and hand over them to us.
Ahmadiyya Muslims of Brahmanbaria town were not allowed to hold their Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) since 1987 due to the resistance of Khatme Nauwat people and it was only from 2007 ( during the last care taker govt. and present AL Govt. came to power in 2009) Ahmadies were able to hold their Jalsa inside their mosques. This year it is the 63rd Jalsa Salana.
Background of “Tahaffuz-e-Khatme Nabuwat”: The “Tahaffuz-e-Khatme Nabuwat” is an organization, which’s Headquarters is in Multan of Pakistan and had close attachment with Jamate Islami Pakistan. The then Head of Tahaffuz-e-Khatme Nabuwat, Bangladesh Khatib of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Obaidul Haq (now deceased) visited Pakistan many times and had several meetings with the leaders of Jamate Islami Pakistan, that came in the news papers of Pakistan and Bangladesh in mid 90’s. Various Pakistani mollahs also visited Bangladesh since 1992 and attended, delivered lectures in anti-Ahmadiyya rallies, organized “Khatme Nabuwat Training Courses” etc. at various mosques in Bangladesh. All these news came to our national news papers.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at was repeatedly warning all concerned since early 90’s through Press Conferences/various discussions that all anti-Ahmadiyya movements are basically anti-Bangladesh activities under a “religious” coverage and they are trying to import militancy to our country. Now it is a proven truth.
Our Appeal: So, we hope that the government will not show any sort of softness to any anarchy in the name of religion or “religious feelings” and will handle any such attempt by the fanatics in iron hand. We hope that the government will uphold the constitutional rights of all citizens of the country as given by the constitution. Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at always assures and proved their allegiance to the laws of the land. We pray and work for the peace, prosperity and development of our beloved motherland. Ahmadies all over the world are acknowledged and recognized as a peaceful, law abiding religious community with NO political agenda. We also appeal that the government will take necessary steps to restore all our 4 (four) mosques now illegally occupied as mentioned above and will hand-over them to us.
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