Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the teachers and students of the Qawmi Madraasa, an education system that teaches core theological issues of Islam, not to pay heed to propaganda being spread through social media.
Hasina, also the head of the ruling Awami League party, sought vote from the group for her party in the next election as thousands of Islamists joined a rally in central Dhaka to accord a reception to her as the Prime Minister recently recognized the education system.
A platform of the Qawmi Madraasa platform organized the Shokrana Mahfil or thanks giving rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan as a law was passed in parliament giving recognition to the education system that predominantly follow the Islamic Deobandi mode.
“We have passed the law so that no one can change the system in future,” the Prime Minister said adding that there has been attempt spread propaganda on many issues.
She reminded that her government also enacted a law to stop such propaganda and said that if anyone spreads any false information, legal action will be taken against them instantly.
Hefazat-e Islam leader Shah Ahmed Shafi presided over the reception.
She said the government has been working on protecting and spreading lessons on Islam in Bangladesh, a predominantly Muslim country having more than 90 per cent of its population are followers of the Islamic faith.
Construction of 560 model mosques and an Islamic university in the country are under consideration to promote Islamic education and culture, the prime minister.
The Saudi government has been cordially assisting the government for carrying out the development works, she said.
Thousands of Hefazat activists gathered at the Suhrawardy Udyan as the rally was prescheduled to express gratitude over recognition of the top Qawmi degree.
The government also deferred public exams of Junior School Certificate and Junior Dakhil Certificate to November 9 to facilitate smooth holding of the rally.
Al-Hiyatul Ulya Lil-Zami’atil Qawmiya Bangladesh, a combine of Qawmi education boards led by Shafi Ahmed, organised the event to hail the passage of a bill making the Dawra-e-Hadith degree equivalent to regular master’s degree in Islamic studies and Arabic.
The government circular recognising Dawra degree of Qawmi madrasa as equivalent to Master’s degree was issued on April 13, 2017.