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Yasir Qadhi expresses deep shock over the unjust execution of Shaheed Mir Quasem Ali
Wednesday, 07 September 2016
I was very saddened to hear of the execution of Mir Quasem Ali by the Bangladeshi authorities yesterday.  
It is patently obvious even to an outsider like myself that the current administration is using the false flag of 'Islamic radicalism' and the emotionally charged issue of 'war crimes' to target politicians that are a threat to the current Prime Minister and her party. Even the UN and many other international bodies have protested regarding the sham trials that took place - trials that lacked basic judicial procedures and contravened the accepted norms of international law.  
I understand that sentiment in the Bengali community are high, and that anything involving the incidents of 1971 are traumatic. Please note: I AM NOT DISCUSSING MUCH LESS DEFENDING THE EVENTS OF THAT YEAR! My point is very simple: Mir Quasem Ali was not proven to have *any* connections to any bloodshed of that year, and his real guilt was 'guilt by association', since he was a member of an Islamic party, and he and his party posed a serious threat to the current administration.  
Sadly, Mir Quasem Ali's execution is only the latest in a long line of such politically motivated executions that have targeting Islamic leaders of that country.  
In the end, their blood will not have been shed in vain, and those who have blood on their hands (whether that was in the riots and killings of 1971, or in the killing of innocents in political purges in 2016) will have to answer to Allah on Judgment Day for their crime.     May Allah accept Mir Quasem Ali, and all of his colleagues who have been targeted unjustly and executed, as martyrs!