Dhaka, Thursday, June 22, 2006
Islamists warn govt of dire consequence for not declaring Ahmadiyya non-Muslim
The International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh plans an attack on the Uttara mosque of Ahmadiyyas on Friday to press its demands that the government should declare them non-Muslims during the ongoing session of Jatiya Sangsad (national parliament).
The anti-Ahmadiyya bigots brought out truck processions on Wednesday, parading streets at Mohakhali, Uttara in the capital and at Tongi in Gazipur.
They also carried out a diatribe campaign from two trucks stationed near the mosque, shouting slogans against Ahmadiyyas and threatening them with eviction if they did not leave their homes voluntarily.
Ahmadiyyas at Uttara claimed that Khatme Nabuwat activists had assembled at five mosques and madrassahs in the locality – Babus Salam Madrassah, Ashkona Bazar Bara Masjid and Madrassah, Dakkhin Khan Bazar Al-Arabia Madrassah, Salan Qoumi Madrassah and Naddapara Muktarbari Qoumi Madrassah – over the past few days.
The activists had been ‘carrying out hate campaigns against us since the beginning of this month’, they alleged.
The Ahmadiyyas ‘cannot move in the locality’ and ‘shopkeepers will not sell anything’ to them, they added.
Noor Hossain Noorani, president of a faction of the movement, said the truck procession was brought out at 9:00am and would continue till 9:00pm.
‘We will mount pressure on the government in such a way that it will find no alternative but to pass a law in the ongoing budget session to brand Ahmadiyyas as non-Muslims,’ he told New Age on Wednesday.
Noorani claimed that that 14 crore Muslims in Bangladesh, including all but 39 ‘murtad (apostate)’ political leaders, had voiced solidarity with their movement.
‘It was nice to see a parliament member, Shahinoor Pasha Chowdhury of Islami Oikya Jote, elected from a Sylhet constituency, raise the issue in the parliament on Wednesday,’ he said. ‘We want official declaration right now that Ahmadiyyas are non-Muslims.’
Meanwhile, different civil society and human rights organisations have asked the government to take necessary steps to stop the Khatme Nabuwat activists from attacking the Ahmadiyya mosque and ensure security for the Ahmadiyyas.
The civil society members have announced that they will stand by the Ahmadiyyas on Friday to resist any attack by the bigots.
Leaders of the Ahmadiyya community have sought security from the government. They also sent letters to the prime minister, the state minister for home affairs, the inspector general of police and other officials in the government on Tuesday seeking security.
‘It’s our duty to maintain peace and protect lives and property of all the citizens of the country,’ SM Mizanur Rahman, commissioner of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said on Wednesday.