Vol. 5 Num 568 Sat. December 31, 2005  
Letters to Editor

Uniting forces?

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in a huge public rally in the city's Paltan Maidan urged the nationalist forces and those who believe in Islamic values to get united to build a happy and prosperous Bangladesh. (The Daily Star December 22, 2005)

Is this ambivalent basis right for unification? Nationalism and Islam is two different things. There is no nationalism in Islam itself. If somebody believes in Islam they will be united on the basis of Islam. Unification of the nationalist or secularist is not exactly Islamic.

Sometimes the leader of the opposition or other secular leaders urge to unify the favoured force of Liberation War. Such calls are not Islamic because Muslim must be unified on the basis of Islam. Muslims may also be united on the basis of secularism, nationalism or the others but these will be contradictory to their fundamental belief.

Prime Minister and the leader of the opposition both are secular but as most of the people in Bangladesh are Muslim, they use Islamic sentiment to go to the power. This is nothing but using Islam in politics. We see the prime minister starts her election campaign from the shrine of Hazrat Shah Jalal and so does the opposition leader. She also started election campaign after performing Umara (informal Hajj) and wearing a headscarf to attain the support of Muslims.

Both of the leaders are hypocrite as they use Islam in their self-interest to go to power. On the other hand Jamaat-e-Islami is also using Islam to go to the power. They want to make a nationalist Islamic state that is also not Islamic. So everybody is using Islam as they like. But we, the Muslims in Bangladesh who know Islam as an ideology should raise voice against these opportunists and should reject the politics of BNP, AL and Jamaat.