Monday, April 20, 2009

Militancy threat to Islam and country's peace

Monday, April 20, 2009

Leaders of Quami Madrasa and Olama Oikya Parishad in Rajshahi yesterday vowed to remain vigilant so that none can use quami madrasas as cover for their terrorist activities.

Terming militancy as a 'threat to Islam as well as to the country's peace', they said they are ready to assist the government in combating militancy.

"Include alems (Islamic scholars) in the law and order committees in districts and hold them responsible if any quami madrasa is found involved with militancy," Maolana Hafez Abdus Samad said at a press conference of the organisation in the city.

"Since Islamic teachings do not support terrorism, a man supporting terrorism cannot be an alem just by posing to be so," said Sheikh M Taiyebur Rahman Nizami, president of Rajshahi chapter of Quami Madrasa and Olama Oikya Parishad.

"With a thousand-year-old history of good activities in this sub-continent, quami madrasas are helping people to achieve good education. They are not associated with any kind of terrorism or criminal activity," he said.

The killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, president Ziaur Rahman and four national leaders and those who are fuelling militancy are not educated in any quami madrasa, he added.

Among others, Maolana Salim Uddin Kashemi, Maolana Mufti Shahadat Ali, Maolana Abdul Gani, Maolana Mufti Abu Taher, Maolana Abdul Quader, Maolana Mufti Mozammel Haque, Maolana Mufti Rezaul Karim and Maolana Mostafizur Rahman Kashemi were present at the press conference.

Criticising the law minister, the telecommunications minister and the director general of Islamic Foundation for making 'unhelpful' remarks about the quami madrasas, speakers at the conference demanded withdrawal of the comments.

They urged all to deal with quami madrasas very honestly for the interest of religion and national unity.

They also called upon the government, people and journalists to remain careful about any foreign conspiracy.

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