Finding difficulties to fight against the rising militancy and terrorism by police alone, the law enforcing agencies now have laid high emphasis on the participation of Islamic scholars and leaders to play anti-militancy role.
Top officials of the police also have urged the Islamic scholars and leaders for delivering anti-militancy speeches through their sermons at the mosques and madrasas to check Islam's misinterpretation, which provokes innocent people toward militancy.
With a view to engaging Islamic scholars and leaders in the fight against militancy, top officials of the police last week held two separate meetings at the Police headquarters with the top Islamic scholars and leaders.
At the latest meeting held on Thursday noon, they held a views-exchange meeting on 'Role of Islam in Eradicating Militancy: Bangladesh Perspective'. At the discussion, top level Islamic scholars and leaders opined that Islam does not permit extremism, militancy and also the killing of people in the name of religion. Chaired by Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque. the discussion was addressed by over 14 noted Islamic scholars and leaders. The Islamic scholars said that they decided to issue a common 'Fatwa' (Islamic religious edict) against militancy with signatures of the country's 1 lakh Alem-Ulema while the Chairman of Bangladesh Jamiatul Ulema Parishad, Maulana Fariduddin Masud, also the Imam of Solakia Eidgah in Kishorganj, will form a committee in this regard.
Addressing the programme, the IGP said, "Militancy in our country is at the budding stage now?we want to eradicate it right now with the cooperation of all."
Calling for a social movement against the militancy, Shahidul Hoque said police have been collecting intelligence information on whether militants and anti-liberation forces exist in the committees of different mosques and madrasas. Besides, public awareness programmes against the militancy will be launched at the school, college and other educational institutions.
Maulana Fariduddin said those who have been carrying out militant activities are the enemies of the country and the people. He urged all to abstain from spreading militancy at Waj Mahfils (gathering to hear Islamic sermon) through wrong interpretation of Islam.