Published: Saturday, April 6, 2013

Hefajat demands

The Hefajat-e Islam, a Chittagong-based Islamist group holding a “so-called” long march today, has 12 other demands apart from the arrest of “atheist bloggers”.

People in general are taken aback by the strangeness of such demands.

The 13 points are:

  • Reinstate the phrase “Absolute trust and faith in the Almighty Allah” in the constitution as one of the fundamental principles of state policy.
  • Pass a law keeping a provision of capital punishment for maligning Allah, Islam and Prophet Muhammad and smear campaigns against Muslims.
  • Punish the “atheist” leaders of Shahbagh, bloggers and anti-Islamists who make “derogatory comments” about Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
  • Stop killing, attacking and shooting Islamic scholars and madrasa students.
  • Free all the arrested Islamic scholars and madrasa students.
  • Lift restrictions on mosques and remove obstacles to holding religious programmes.
  • Declare Qadianis (Ahmadiyyas) non-Muslim and stop their publicity and conspiracies.
  • Ban all foreign culture including free mixing of men and women and candlelit vigil.
  • Stop setting up sculptures at intersections, colleges and universities across the country.
  • Make Islamic education mandatory from primary to higher secondary levels after scrapping women policy and education policy.
  • Stop threatening teachers and students of Qawmi madrasas, Islamic scholars, imams and khatibs.
  • Stop creating hatred against Muslims among young generation by misrepresentation of Islamic culture in the media.
  • Stop anti-Islam activities by NGOs, evil attempts by Qadianis and conversion by Christian missionaries at Chittagong Hill Tracts and elsewhere in the country.

  • Anon Khan

    It can be summarised in 1 or 2 sentences.

    “Turn Bangladesh into Pakistan” or
    “Implement sharia law”

    What’s the point of 13 demands…it’s just eyewash.

  • Faisal

    These Hefazat Islam (HI) guys are all hyprocrites.

  • Feda Al Haque

    This is hilarious. I love these guys.

  • Arman Khandaker

    Welcome to Banglasthan! :D

  • Anonymous

    We’re a secular nation and if there is a blasphemy law for Islam there MUST be a blasphemy law for all other religions.

    • Salman Hossain

      Honestly, we should respect people of all faith and have fair representation in our judicial system.

  • Biswas Steve

    We need to think about Madrasa Education. Education Board is one of the Biggest Board in Asia, and National University is one of the Biggest University in the world. They are able to do more. We need proper monitoring for the Madrasa Education.