Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said a communal force is sparking unwanted debates over the establishment of sculptures of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“Imaginary explanations for Bangabandhu’s sculptures are a challenge to the Liberation War spirit and the country’s culture,” he told a press conference at his official residence on the parliament premises in the capital.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said a religious fundamentalist group is making misinterpretation about the sculptures of Bangabandhu, the architect of independent Bangladesh, to spread hatred among religious people.
“Don’t take the government’s liberalism as a weakness. Any comments about the spirit of the country’s Liberation War and the constitution will not be tolerated. Any evil attempt to destroy the people’s peace and comfort will be resisted,” he said.
The minister urged the people believing in the country’s independence and the Liberation War spirit to build up united resistance against all evil efforts.
Quader said the head of the government said earlier that there will be no law that will be conflicting with the Quran and the Sunnah.
So, those who are making ill attempts to create an issue centering the religion to destroy the country’s religious tolerance will be dealt with an iron hand, he said.
Quader said in the post-independence period, Bangabandhu had established the Islamic Foundation to promote Islamic research and practice.He said Bangabandhu reformed the Madrasah Board for flourishing religious education and gave land to Tabligh Jamaat for spreading Islam.
Following the footsteps of Bangabandhu, his daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, as a devoted follower of Islam, is establishing a model mosque complex in every upazila to foster true Islamic practice, he added.
Quader said there is no scope to believe that any anti-Islamic work will take place in the country when a religious Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is running the government.
The minister said those who are spreading misleading information by calling ‘sculpture’ as ‘idol’ are remaining in illusion as the country’s Alem society and Islamic scholars have already repeatedly cleared it that sculptures and idols are not the same.
“Islam is our religion. As per the rules and regulations of the religion, there is no scope to make exaggeration on any religious issue. Creating debates on religious issue has been discouraged in Islam,” he said.
About some religious leaders’ comments on dragging down the sculpture of Bangabandhu, he said such arrogant and indecent comments raise questions in the people’s mind about their religious practice and knowledge.
He called upon the people to practice true Islam and refrain from doing excess of religion and creating any political issue over religion.