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Home  Worldwide  Bangladesh  March, 2005  Declare them non-Muslims to get electoral support
Declare them non-Muslims to get electoral support

The Daily Star
Vol. 5 Num 281Sat. March 11, 2005

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Declare them non-Muslims to get electoral support
Bigots at Dhaka meet

Staff Correspondent

The party that will declare the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim will get political support of the Muslim ulema (religious scholars) to go to power, said the leaders of International Majlis-e Tahaffuz-e Khatme Nabuwat Bangladesh (IMTKNB).

Muslim Ummah (community) will not abide by any decision of the High Court (about Ahmadiyyas), rather they will fight until the end to establish Islamic laws in the country, they said at the International Khatme Nabuwat Conference ‘05 at Paltan Maidan in the capital yesterday.

Critising the government for not declaring the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim, chief of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) Shaikhul Hadith Azizul Hoque said, “It (government) lacks courage to declare Ahmadiyyas Kafir (non-Muslim). Those who do not consider Kadiyanis as Kafir are themselves Kafir.”

The chief of the IOJ, a component of the ruling four-party alliance, said the government inaction on the issue shows it has no confidence in the people.

The government will face trouble if it does not declare Kadiyanis non-Muslim, said IMTKNB President and Khatib of Baitul Mokarram National Mosque Obaidul Haque.

The people must stand united against Kadiyanis so that they cannot cheat the Muslims in the name of Islam, Oabaidul Haque said. “Kadiyanis should be declared non-Muslim for their own safety. Otherwise conscious Muslims may offend them.”

IMTKNB Publicity Secretary Maulana Mohiuddin Rabbani termed Dr Kamal Hossain a ‘mediator for Kadiyanis’ for filing a case with the High Court against the ban on Ahmadiyya publications.

“We will violate any orders of the High Court about Ahmadiyyas and follow the laws of Allah,” Rabbani said.

Prof Shayekh Assafti, a religious leader from Egypt, urged leaders of the Muslim countries to unitedly fight against the Kadiyanis.

Fazlul Hoque Amini, chief of a faction of the IOJ, party lawmaker Mufti Shahidul Islam, IMTKNB Secretary Maulana Nurul Islam, leaders of Khelafat Andolan, Khelafat Majlish and Jama’atul Ulama Islam and Madina Editor Mohiuddin Khan also reiterated the demand for declaraing Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim.

Other central leaders of the IMTKNB and representatives of its district units also made the same demand.

Maulana Nurullah and Masudul Hassan, two representatives of the organisation from Britain, also spoke at the conference attended by around 5,000 activists.

Non-Muslims, mostly Christians and Jews, are supporting the Kadiyanis all over the world, especially in London, where the headquarters of the community is located, said Nurullah.

The IMTKNB decided to observe ‘agitation day’ on April 8 across the country, and submit a memorandum to the prime minister in the last week of April.

It will also organise six divisional conferences in the next six months and a National Representatives’ Conference in May in Dhaka.

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