Dhaka: Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina recently called upon Muslim countries to join hands to launch a concerted campaign to eliminate terrorism. “Everybody who believes in peace should be united against terrorism,” she told a mammoth rally of Islamic religious leaders and scholars in the city’s Suhrawardy Udyan. The programme was organised marking the 42nd founding anniversary of Islamic Foundation. The premier said Bangladesh will remain beside Saudi Arabia as the Kingdom took the initiative to fight terrorism and violent extremism in the name of Islam. She reiterated her solidarity with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz initiative. Hasina said weapon producers’ traders were the eventual beneficiaries of the militancy at the cost of Muslims’ blood. “It is very unfortunate that Muslims are being killed by Muslims. So I hope that the initiative of the Saudi King would help make all Muslim countries aware of the fact,” she added.
Vice President of two holy mosques in Makkah and Madina Mohammed bin Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Khuzaim and Imam and Preacher of the Prophet’s (SM) mosque Abdulmehsin bin Mohammad bin Abdul Rahman Al-Qasim attended the rally as special guests. Mohammed Al-Khuzaim thanked the PM for inviting him to Bangladesh and extending warm hospitality. He said the Saudi government was making constant efforts to uphold the dignity of Muslims across the world. In view of this, an institution was established to expand Islamic cultural education and correction of people worldwide. Terming the killing of innocent people, a sin in Islam, he said the religion never allowed a Muslim to kill another one or innocent non-Muslims. According to Islam, it’s the duty of a Muslim to protect the lives and property of non-Muslims in his country, he added. “The killers of innocent people can never belong to Islam,” the vice president of the holy mosques said. He urged Muslims to stand against terrorism and militancy. He praised Bangladesh’s efforts in containing terrorism saying it was one of the countries successfully spearheading the anti-militancy campaign.
The PM said her government would not tolerate any ulterior design to undermine Islam and that it was ready to work together with other countries to eliminate the local and international roots of terrorism and militancy. It’s the duty of every Muslim to propagate the message of peace and work for peace and the Bangladesh government was trying its best to educate people and train up religious leaders towards that end, Hasina told the programme. Welcoming the vice-president of the holy mosques and the Khatib of the Prophet’s (SM) mosque, she said their presence and inspirational speeches at the rally would stimulate the religious spirit of the people of Bangladesh. “It will make our task easy to establish peace in the society,” the premier said.
She thanked the Saudi king for sending the two top religious leaders to Bangladesh. She also conveyed her best wishes to all Imams and Ulemas of the two holy mosques of Mecca and Madina. Hasina said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the pioneer in promoting Islam. The PM urged the Ulema-Mashayeks to reach the real message of Islam to people. She said a vested quarter was out to portray Awami League as an anti-Islam party, particularly after the killing of Bangabandhu in 1975. Spiritual leaders, Imams, students and pious people from far-flung areas of the country joined the rally, with Religious Affairs Minister Matiur Rahman in the chair. (Courtesy:BSS).