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Acting Secretary General expresses concern as government decides to monitor Khutba and lectures of the Juma prayer
Tuesday, 12th July, 2016

Acting Secretary General of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, Dr. Shafiqur Rahman has issued the following statement on 12th July, 2016 expressing deep concern as the cabinet committee decides to monitor the addresses and speeches of the Juma prayer and religious gathering like Waj Mahfil (Where the verses and sermons of the Holy Quran are discussed).

“Along with the entire countrymen we are deeply worried and surprised at the decision of the cabinet committee. By taking the decision of monitoring the addresses and speeches of the Juma prayer and religious gathering like Waj Mahfil, actually the government is hatching plot to subdue the voices of the country’s religious leaders.

The distinguished religious leaders are the spiritual guardian of the Muslim community. They are playing pivotal role to guide the Muslims towards the right path, to make a congenial atmosphere, to provide them ethical and moral lessons, to create mutual love and respect, patriotism and most of all to create responsibilities to the nation. The religious leaders are carrying out these noble deeds by delivering addresses in the Juma prayer and also by speaking in various Waj Mahfil.

Though Islam is recognized as the state religion in the constitution of Bangladesh, but the government took decision to monitor the speeches of the Islamic personnel. It indicates naked and direct interference upon the religious rights of the people which is totally unacceptable and objectionable.

The government must step back from such decision. The religious leaders and the Islam loving people of the country will never accept such unwanted interference. When the nation is facing deep crisis, the government should rather inspired the religious leaders to strengthen their roles. Besides, the authority must ensure such a favorable environment so that the religious personnel can discharge their duties and responsibilities properly.”