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HC ‘ashamed’ over Tabligh Jamaat split

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

The High Court (HC) yesterday said it felt ashamed over the division of Tabligh Jamaat into two factions for establishing control over the Ijtema Maidan on the bank of the Turag river in Tongi of Gazipur. The HC bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Khairul Alam came up with the observations during the hearing on a writ petition filed by a faction of Tablig Jamaat seeking its directive to observe Tablig jamaat. “How you will convey the message of Islam if you get grouped into the two factions? You will involve in internal feud for establishing supremacy and come before the court over the matter! It's  really shameful,” said the HC.

It also advised the two factions of Tablig Jamaat to create an amicable  situation. Only then would it hear the writ petition, the HC bench said. During the hearing, advocate Shah Md Nurul Amin, counsel for the petitioner, told the court that they were tried to end the existing conflict. If the conflict cannot be resolved, the two factions of Tablig Jamaat would observe the Ijtema separately in line with government’s directive, he said.

Deputy attorney general Motahar Hossain Saju told the court that the home ministry would call an emergency meeting

on January 23 (today) over the  issue. A specific decision may come out of the meeting over the issue. Hence, the hearing should be adjourned for some days, he argued.

After that, the HC bench fixed January 27 for next hearing on the petition.

On January 21, Supreme Court (SC) lawyer Advocate Eunus Mollah had filed a writ petition with the HC seeking its directive to observe Ijtema on the bank of the Turag river in Tongi of Gazipur.

The government, on September 18, issued five directives to resolve Tabligh Jamaat’s internal disputes and ensure it carries out its activities in an organised manner. At present, Al Kandhalvi’s followers are not allowed into the Tabligh Jamaat Bangladesh chapter’s “markaz” (headquarters) at the Kakrail Mosque in the capital city of Dhaka.

The government decided to postpone Bishwa Ijtema due to the ongoing dispute between the factions before the 11th parliamentary election, which was held December 30.

Ijtema is held every winter in Bangladesh. It was supposed to be held the second or third week of January.

Earlier, on November 30 last year, at least one person was killed and over 200 people were injured in a series of clashes between two factions of Tabligh Jamaat for establishing control over the Ijtema Maidan on the bank of the Turag river in Tongi of Gazipur.

 

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