Eliminating militancy: Prime Minister Sheikh seeks support of Islamic scholars

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the country’s alem-uleama to cooperate with her government to eradicate religious superstitions, terrorism and militancy so no one can misguide the children by wrong interpretation of Islam.

She said, “I want your cooperation in eradicating superstition, terrorism and militancy. We especially request you to keep watch so our children don’t follow the wrong path.”

The prime minister addressed the award giving ceremony of National hifzul quran competition 2023 held at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC).

Sheikh Hasina urged the parents and guardians to watch where their children go and with whom they associate. And Islamic scholars of the country to protect the dignity of Islam, the religion of peace.

She mentioned, Islam, the religion of peace, is getting a bad name because of the terrorism and militant activities of a few people all over the world. She added, “It is not acceptable to me that these terrorists will be known today by the name of Islam and the saddest thing is that a handful of people use our religion to carry out militant and terrorist activities.”

The prime minister said that she does not know who taught them that if anyone kills people, that person can go to heaven. She further said, “This is not written anywhere in the Qur’an and the Prophet (PBUH) did not say it. In his farewell hajj speech he told Muslims to show tolerance towards all religions. This is the essence of Islam. Allah is the only one who will be the supreme judge on the Judgment day.Allah has not given anyone the responsibility of the final judgment. The Prophet (PBUH) did not tell anyone. So how can you go to heaven by killing innocent people? It is said that if you kill innocent people, you will go to hell.”

Sheikh Hasina said that committing suicide is a great sin in Islam. “It is said that if you commit suicide, you will not go to heaven.”

Sheikh Hasina told everyone to keep young children and teenagers away from terrorism and militancy. They believe they are going to heaven by killing people in suicide attacks. They must be prevented from this path. She strongly condemned terrorism in the name of religion, and terrorists use the cover of all religions. Terrorists are terrorists. They have no religion, they have no country. Terrorism is their religion.”

PHP Group Chairman Sufi Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, Bangladesh Quwami Madrasha Board director general Maulana Ubaidur Rahman Khan Nadvi and Maulana Salahuddin Nanopuri Maulana from Chittagong also spoke at the event.  Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Faridul Haque Khan and Religious Affairs secretary Md A Hamid Zamaddar also spoke at the program.

Earlier, the prime minister distributed five awards among the five nationwide competition winners. Dweeni Seba Foundation chief patron M Abul Kalam Azad gave the vote of thanks.


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