Preparations afoot to hold janaza, bury Allama Shafi in Hathazari
The namaj-e-janaza of Allama Shah Ahmad Shafi, former Director General of Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Muinul Islam Hathazari Baro Madrasa and Hefazat-e Islam ameer will be held at the premises of his beloved educational institution after Zohr prayer today (Saturday).
Hundreds of alems, madrasa students and common people have thronged the madrasa premises after Fajr prayers. A large number of teachers, students and alems are coming from the Qaumi madrasas in Cumilla, Laxmipur, Brahmanbaria and Noakahli to attend the namaj-e-janaza.
The ambulance carrying the dead body of Allama Shafi left Faridabad Madrasa premises in Dhaka early Saturday morning. The ambulance reached madrasa compound at 9:30am. Earlier, the convoy of the ambulances left Dhaka early in the morning.
A grave has already been dug at the graveyard adjacent to the mosque inside the madrasa complex. After the namaj-e-janaza, his body will be buried there.
Hathazari Madrasa's assistant director Moulana Sheikh Ahmad told Daily Observer that the madrasa's senior teachers took the decision for burial after holding a meeting at night.
The madrasa ground has filled up with the arriving of people on Saturday morning. The janaza is scheduled to be held at 2:00pm.
Movement of all modes of motor vehicles from Hathazari bus stand was suspended with the gradual increase of crowd. People are coming to the madrasa premises walking from there.
On the other hand, those who are coming through Nazirhat highway, they can reach up to Hathazari Upazila Health Complex gate. From there, they are coming to the madrasa on foot. Plying of vehicles remain suspended from one kilometer off the madrasa.
In order to avoid any untoward incident over the namaj-e-janaza of Hefazat-e Islam ameer Shah Ahmad Shafi, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel have been deployed at four upazilas including Hathazari upazila. Seven magistrate are supervising the law enforcers. Four magistrates are working at Hathazari upazila, while the rest three remain deployed at three upazilas.
Deputy Director of the Local Government Division Yasmin Parveen Tibriji, who is also in charge of the Chattogram deputy commissioner, sent a letter to the senior secretary of the Public Safety Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday night seeking the deployment of BGB personnel at Hathazari, Patia, Rangunia and Fatikchhari upazilas.
In her letter, she sought four platoons of BGB personnel for Hathazari upazila, and two platoons for each of the rest three upazilas.