Dhaka – Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina has urged Muslim nations to join hands to launch a concerted campaign to eliminate terrorism in the name of Islam.
“Everybody who believes in peace should unite against terrorism,” she told a gathering of tens of thousands of Islamic religious leaders and scholars marking 42nd founding anniversary of Bangladesh’s Islamic Foundation in Dhaka.
Islamic leaders from across the country joined the rally at Suhrawardi Udyan where Hasina reiterating her support to Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz’s initiative to eliminate terrorism.
Bangladesh would remain beside Saudi Arabia as the Kingdom took the initiative first to fight against terrorism and violent extremism in the name of Islam, Hasina said adding that she wanted to work together so that none can undermine the “holy” religion.
She said the weapon producers and traders are eventual beneficiaries of the militancy at the cost of Muslim 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,” Hasina was quoted to have said by state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.
Vice President of two holy mosques in Mokkah and Madina Mohammad Bin Nasser Bin Mohammad Al Khuzaim and Imam and Preacher of the Prophet’s Mosque Abdulmehsin bin Mohammad Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Qasim attended the rally as special guests.
The Prime Minister said her government would not tolerate any ulterior design to undermine Islam.
She said it is the duty of every Muslim all over the world to propagate the message of peace and work for peace while in Bangladesh her government was trying its best to educate people and train up the religious leaders towards that end.
Welcoming the vice president of the holy mosque in Mokkah and Madina Dr Khuzaim and Imam and Khatib of the Prophet’s Mosque Rahman Al-Qasim the premier said their presence and inspirational speeches in the rally would stimulate the religious spirit of the people of Bangladesh.
“It will make easy our task to establish peace in the society,” the premier said.
She thanked Saudi King for sending the two top religious figures to Bangladesh saying “Saudi Arabia is a true friend of Bangladesh and the two countries have a very strong relation”.
She also recalled the warm hospitality she was extended by the Saudi King during her recent visit to Saudi Arabia.
For the first time in the country, the Awami League government constituted trust fund to provide financial support to the Imams, Muazzins and other religious leaders for their welfare.
“The government has taken a decision to construct one central mosque and Islamic cultural center in every upazila,” she said.
Vice President of two holy mosques in Mecca and Madina thanked Hasina for inviting him to Bangladesh and extending warm hospitality.
Dr Khuzaim said the Saudi government is making constant effort to uphold the dignity of Muslims across the world. In view of this an institution has already been established to expand Islamic cultural education across the world and correction of the people.
Terming the killing of innocent people a sin Islam Khuzam said Islam never allowed a Muslim to kill another Muslim or innocent people of any other religion.
According to Islam, it’s the duty of a Muslim to protect the lives and property of the people of other religion in his country, he said.