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Acting Secretary General denounces proposed education law; terms government’s initiative as a conspiracy to destroy Islamic values
Wednesday, 20th April, 2016

Acting Secretary General of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, Dr. Shafiqur Rahman has issued the following statement on 20th April, 2016 protesting the government’s hurried efforts for enacting ‘Education Law’ by abolishing Islamic and Muslim sentiments from the national curriculum and text books as per the principle of secularism.

“According to the spirit of secularism, the government has taken initiative to enact ‘Education Law-2016’ in order to destroy the religious belief, faith, Islamic education, culture and Islamic values of the majority of the population. By dint of power and force, the government is mulling to establish secularism in the education law in a bid to obliterate the nation entirely. The government is plotting conspiracy to cause damage to the Islamic belief and Muslim sentiments of the soft hearted students.

In the name of secularism, the government is imposing religion less education law and education act upon the nation. The students would get irreligious lesson plan to be an irreligious personnel. In order to abolish the values, customs and religious faiths of the majority people, the government has provided new text books at the Primary and Secondary level scrapping the stories, poems, articles and history of Muslim sentiments. For an example, in class two there was an essay titled ÔmevB wg‡j Kwi KvRÕ which depicts the life sketch of the holy Prophet (Peace be upon Him).  This essay has been excluded in the new books. There were short biographies of Hazrat Abu Bakar (R) in class 3 and Hazrat Omar (R) in class 4. Both of the chapters have been excluded. Adding no more examples it can be said that in the aforesaid way, the government has excluded all the topics and chapters from the text books, which are related to the Islamic spirit and values.

Anti-Islam education are destroying the society right now as different types of malpractices like rape, murder, abduction, robbery, hijacking and extortion are on the rise. Under such circumstances, exclusion of the Islamic topics from the curriculum would be more disastrous. Rather, the demand of the moment is to reshuffle the entire educational system according to the Islamic values.

The government has started conspiracy against the belief, faith and values of the countrymen. The nation will not accept such conspiracy of the government. A united resistance is badly needed against the ongoing conspiracy of the government. I am calling upon the people of all quarters including religious scholars, religious leaders, intellectuals, academicians, journalists, teachers and students to raise voice against the anti-Islamic education policy and education law-2016. 

I am also calling upon the government to be refrained from enacting secular Education Law-2016 which has been proposed to abolish Muslim sentiments and Islamic belief from the national curriculum and the text books.”