Islamic scholars of Narayanganj protested social activist Rafiur Rabbi’s ‘derogatory’ remarks about Bismillah and demanded his arrest for hurting religious sentiment of majority Muslim.
They made the demand at a rally held in DIT area of Narayanganj city after Zuma prayer on Friday in protest against the remarks.
At a cultural function at Narayanganj on April 7, Rabbi said the 3 million freedom fighters, who embraced martyrdom during the Liberation War, would not have joined the war had they known that the country’s constitution would begin with Arabic phrase ‘Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim’ and country would turn into a communal one.
The protestors demanded arrest of Rabbi, the district unit convenor of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports.
Lawmaker Shamim Osman for Narayanganj-4 expressed his solidarity with the protesters while leaders of the ruling Awami League, BNP and Jatiya Party were present at the rally.
Speaking at the protest rally, Maulana Abdul Awal, chief of Narayanganj district Hefazat-e-Islam and Imam of DIT mosque, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina honoured Islamic scholars including Hefazat chief Shah Ahmad Shafi after inviting him at her residence “but the atheists cannot tolerate it.”
He said it is the duty of Muslims to protest any anti-Islamic comments, which also go against the state.
“A case has already been filed and more will be lodges if needed,” he said.
“There is no chance to roam freely on the soil of Narayanganj after making derogatory comments against Islam. Islamic scholars will not spare those commenting against Islam.”
Expressing his solidarity with the protesters, Shamim Osman said, “I’m not here to protest against any specific person. I’m here to take in protest as a Muslim. I’ll definitely protest against those make derogatory comments against Islam. I will not comprise in this regard.”
He further said a section is trying to create rowdiness by making derogatory comments against Islam. “There is no problem to be an atheist, but it is a problem when someone delivers insulting comments against any religion.”
“Being a Muslim, it is my duty to honour all religions. There is no scope to dishonour mosque, temple or church. I’ll protest whenever anyone dishonours any religion,” he said.
Hefazat-e Islam Narayanganj unit convener Ferdousor Rahman, Zabir Hossain Kashemi, Bashirullah, Kamaluddin Dayemi, Toiyab Al-Hosaini, Anis Ansary, Abdul Matin, former freedom fighter commander Samiullah Milon, deputy commander Nurul Huda, Jatiya Party leader Abu Zaher and BNP leader Abul Kalam Azad, among others, spoke at the rally.