Mon, May 13, 2019 9:09

'Eliminating radicalism is a must'


Some educated youths belonging to well off families in Bangladesh as well as in many more countries are nowadays getting involved in radical Islamic groups. 

Some educated youths belonging to well off families in Bangladesh as well as in many more countries are nowadays getting involved in radical Islamic groups. 

These derailed youths are turning into militants and launching attacks on different spots killing innocent people.

The assault on Holey Artisan Café in Dhaka by armed militants in July 2016 led to the murder of two police officers and over twenty civilians including some foreign nationals. 

Over two hundred people mostly including Christians were killed a few weeks ago in Sri Lanka by a radical gang consisting of Muslim terrorists. 

Under these circumstances, the law and order forces of different countries including Bangladesh have been working hard to identify these extremist entities.

In the case of Bangladesh, prominent citizens and security analysts have said that the Islamic Foundation and qawmi madrassas should work in a coordinated way to tackle militancy and radical Islamic groups. 

It should be noted that all the qawmi madrassas across Bangladesh are controlled and dictated by Allama Ahmad Shafi who is also chief of Hefazat-E-Islam. 

The followers of Hefazat-E-Islam do not believe in manmade laws. 

They want shariah laws to be followed by all citizens and organizations of Bangladesh. 

This characteristic of the Hefazat followers contradicts with secular principles. 

Religious minorities faced attacks in several parts of Bangladesh a number of times due to the misinterpretation of Islam by the communal platforms.

Since Hefazat-E-Islam's most demands have been accepted by the government including the recognition of the academic degrees from qawmi madrassas, the Hefazat leaders should cooperate with the state to fight religious fanaticism. 

The top Hefazat leaders should take immediate steps to raise awareness among the pupils of the qawmi madrassas to resist religious bigotry.

At the same time, it is important to introduce science, technology, history, geography and other modern subjects in qawmi madrassas so that the qawmi students do not become religious bigots. 

Allegedly the national anthem and national flag of Bangladesh are not honored in qawmi madrassas. 

This allegation should be scrutinized by the authorities concerned. 

Islamic Foundation should issue directives to the imams of all mosques throughout Bangladesh to speak to people on the hazards caused by religious extremism. 

Imams of all mosques should clarify to Muslims that Islam does not approve violence and communalism. 

There is no room for communal hatred in Islam. 

Muslims should respect people of all religious faiths. 

Islamic scholars should abstain from preaching sermons which can ignite militancy and radicalism.

Parents also need to keep watch on the movement and activities of their children who study in colleges, universities, and madrassas. 

Guardians should follow what kind of people their children are associating with. 

It has been observed that students who suffer from mental agonies with less attention to academic studies often fall prey to militancy. 

Most of the militants use fake identities on social networks. 

Some students become inclined towards fundamentalist books. 

These things need to be checked very cautiously.

Professor Dr. Abul Barkat, President, Bangladesh Economics Association, said, "All patriotic citizens and organizations of Bangladesh should work in a united way to eliminate radicalism and religious blindness. We all should try to instigate a social uprising against militancy and terrorism."

Rana Das Gupta, Secretary General of Hindus-Buddhists-Christians Unity Council told, "People belonging to all religions deserve equal rights. We know that some communal political parties hold an antagonistic attitude towards religious minorities. The law and order forces should keep sharp eyes on these communal outfits."