The death toll from riots that have enraged the streets of Dhaka for over a month has risen to 61. Fresh set of protests were sparked when Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a politician and religious leader, was sentenced to death last week.  Police and protestors have clashed violently leading to these deaths; hundreds more have been injured. The police have been accused of firing openly on protesters according to witnesses on the ground.

Protests erupted over a month ago when the Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal sentenced Abdul Qader Molla to life imprisonment. He is a senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami; the nation's largest Islamic political party and the current opposition. Government officials, members of the ruling Awami League party, and segments of the public reacted with outrage that Mollah was not sentenced to death. Large crowds assembled in the Shahbag area of Dhaka demanding the death penalty for Molla.

Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), a domestic court, was set up in 2010 to try people suspected of crimes under international law, including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed during the country's 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. The brutal civil war led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands; estimates vary between 300,000 and 3 million. Murder, rape and bloodshed were rampant during this period. Some estimates suggest over 200,000 women were raped by militias.

The Jamaat-e-Islami party, part of the current opposition, is widely viewed in the country as a supporter of Pakistan during the war and their leaders are accused of perpetrating war crimes. However, the party contends that while some of its leaders did not want a new state, it did not commit any such atrocities.

The war crimes tribunal has been criticized as being politically motivated and out of step with international standards. All of the 10 people indicted for war crimes by the tribunal are opposition politicians, eight of them from the Jamaat-e-Islami.

Human Rights Watch has found trials conducted thus far to be replete with irregularities. The defense has alleged intimidation and harassment of their witnesses, including the November 2012 abduction of a witness from the gates of the courthouse. In December 2012 The Economist published a series of intercepted communications between the senior judge and an external adviser, suggesting close and prohibited collaboration between the judge, prosecutors, and the government.

In response to the mass protests calling for the execution of Molla, originally sentenced to life imprisonment, Bangladesh's parliament amended a law allowing the state to appeal any verdict in war-crimes trials it deemed inadequate and not in sync with public opinion. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was reported by media as saying she would talk to the judges to convince them to take the sentiments of the protesters into account in formulating their decisions.

While recognizing the need to serve justice for war crimes of 1971, human rights organizations have strongly criticized Bangladesh's government for making these legal amendments to please protestors. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) stated that that the tribunal does not adhere to international standards of a fair trial and due process. It urged the government to serve justice, instead of perpetrating vengeance.

Amnesty International has also condemned the move. Human Rights Watch stated that these amendments violate the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The ICCPR states that “no one shall be liable to be tried or punished again for an offense for which he has already been finally convicted or acquitted in accordance with the law and penal procedure of each country.”

This episode has sharply widened the secular and religious divide in the country. Some view it as a movement for righting a historical wrong, while other considers it to be a veiled, government-sponsored attempt to curb the influence of Islam. Pro-execution supporters have been accused of blasphemy and insulting Islam using their platforms.

Protests and strikes have intensified since Delwar Hussian Sayedee was sentenced to death on March 2nd; he is vice-president of the Jamaat and a vocal Muslim orator.  Supporters of Sayedee attacked police and government offices, uprooted railroad tracks, and set fire to trains and houses belonging to government supporters. Police responded with bullets and tear gas. Violence continues in Dhaka and protestor from both sides continue rally support to advance their objectives.

Compiled from Al-Jazeera, Human Rights Watch, The Guardian and BBC.

 

19 Responses

  1. Siraaj

    Great summary, had no idea this was all happening, you wouldn’t know from US mainstream media sources at all, jzk for compiling this.

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    • Waleed Ahmed

      waiyyak. Yeah, its surprising how little coverage this has gotten. I myself didn’t know about it until Hena brought it up. Had to look quite hard to find news stories about this.

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  2. Abu Moosaa

    Assalaamu’alaikum, this is for you to be aware of the plight of our
    brothers and sisters in Bangladesh. Please remember them in your Dua
    and all of the Muslim Ummah, that Allah rectifies our affairs.

    The oppressive, unjust secular, Awami League Government of Bangladesh
    has been oppressing anyone who is practicing the religion and calling
    to it and more particularly anyone who is a member of the Islamic
    political party, Jamati Islami. Accusing the leaders of this party to
    be collaborators in the 1971 war against Pakistan, then East Pakistan
    and West Pakistan (now known as Bangladesh) in criminal acts of
    killing, rape etc during the war. Where Bangladeshies fought for
    liberation to protect their language. There is no specific evidence
    that individual leaders of Jamati Islami are guilty of criminal acts.
    The real criminals if found guilty of these acts, no doubt are to be
    punished. Aim of the Awami League is however to suppress and demonise
    any opposition party, especially Jamati Islami, in their mids they
    have non-Believers, Hindus, atheist assisting them.

    As Muslims who wish to follow the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of
    al-Rasool sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam upon the methodology and
    understanding of our Salaf as-Salih, from the Companions and all those
    who follow them. We, who are traversing their path are well aware that
    Islam, Khilafah, Shareah, Islamic State will not come or return
    through present western system of democratic secular politics. Rather
    Khilafah will only return if we Muslims in general and as a large
    portion of the Ummah, return to the correct and original Islam and
    learn and practice it. And ultimately Allah will decree an Islamic
    society/Khilafah when the time is right and when He wishes. We are not
    to get involve in kufr politics, but rather learn, act and give Dawah,
    educate the people and advice the government, rulers, kings,
    presidents etc, with knowledge, sincerity, wisdom and fair preaching,
    in person, in writing and by any other means.. If they accept, we
    thank Allah, if they dont, we have done our part. Through this way
    Khilafah will come. Insha’Allah. As this is the prophetic way.

    Politics is part of Islam and has its own principles, rules and
    regulations, time and place. Just like any other aspects of Islam,
    such as Jihad, enjoyning the good and forbidding the evil etc. Jamati
    Islami have participated in the present western system of politics to
    bring about an Islamic country with no success. Compromising the
    issues of the deen. Even forming a coalition with the second biggest
    political party in Bangladesh a few years ago, Bangladesh National
    Party (BNP) yet again with no success to bring about a peaceful just
    society, let alone a Khilafah state. We still find the country is
    corrupted, people are generally ignorant in the deen, shirk, bidah,
    superstition, magic is widespread, people having no concern for the
    deen, . Thus the country is in turmoil and poverty stricken. Only a
    minority following the methodology of the early Muslims can be found
    in certain parts of the country.

    Having said that, these are our brothers and we should be concerned
    and help them whatever way we can.

    Inside story – Bangladesh …most important to listen from 7:30
    minutes to 10:15minutes

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  3. Abu Moosaa

    Bangladesh and Di-Islamisation
    http://www.islam21c.com/politics/8847-bangladesh-and-di-islamisation?utm_source=Islam21c+2012&utm_campaign=3d7285473b-rabi&utm_medium=email

    You may know that Bangladesh is now going through the worst crisis in its
    history. This third largest Muslim country of over 160 million people was
    once one of the two parts of Pakistan which was created to give space to
    aspiring Muslims for a separate homeland.

    However, the leaders of Pakistan had failed to realise the founding
    principles of the country leading to a war of secession and eventual break
    up in 1971; and the birth of Bangladesh as an independent state.

    During that era, the nation became divided into two, those who supported
    the break up of Pakistan and those who did not. All the Islamic parties and
    Ulema of the country wanted to maintain the unity of Pakistan in order to
    be secured from Indian hegemony. On the other hand, the liberation war was
    led by the left-leaning secularists under the close supervision of Indian
    military and intelligence.

    Since the independence, communists and ultra-secularists are working
    closely to uproot Islam from the fabric of the society and its moderate
    reference to the constitution and other spheres of life.

    Although the previous efforts for de-islamisation were harmful, no doubt,
    but the present government, with the blessings of the powerful neighbour,
    for the first time in the history of Bangladesh, was formed as a direct
    result of communist-secularist coalition with an agenda to defame and
    degrade Islam. A large number of the cabinet ministers of the present
    government are atheist and was heavily involved in communist movements.
    They not only hate Islam but also want to wipe out the Islamic symbol and
    practices forever.

    Needless to mention that almost 89% of population are Muslim; however, the
    situation today has become so dire that Islam, is treated in Bangladesh as
    if it is something alien or foreign . Young men are discriminated in the
    work place and on the street because of their practice of Islam and
    sporting of beard.

    There are times when the teachers forced the Muslim pupils to take their
    headscarf off in front of other students or at times headscarf were torn
    apart on the street in broad daylight. This amounts to almost a ban on
    young women with hijab entering the school/college/university/work place.
    Many had to stop education or work to save their belief. Prayer facilities
    within the educational premises had been shut on health and safety pretext.
    For the first time Islamic Studies has been withdrawn from the curriculum
    during this government.

    Police had been raiding mosques and other places of worships, mainly to
    harass Islamic dawah activists belonging to opposition parties and
    arresting over 20,000, many thousands were tortured and hundreds went
    missing or shot dead by the state intelligence and police. Alongside the
    government, a large section of journalists, intellectuals, writers and
    media outlets have been working day and night to fulfil their anti-Islamic
    agenda.

    The process of de-Islamisation has reached its climax when recently the
    Muslims of Bangladesh were stunned by discovering most abhorrent blogs and
    facebook writings degrading Allah, the Prophet and everything Muslims hold
    dear. No one in the 1400 years history of Islam ever dared to vilify Islam
    to this extent A group of atheist writers and bloggers are promoted and
    protected by state to defame Islam and Islamic. Despite the order from the
    highest court and call from the Imams and Khatibs around to shut down
    those Islam-bashing websites, the government not only turned a blind eye
    rather used encouraged such bloggers in Shahabagh protest to chant vile
    slogans such as; ‘Hang Islamic leaders and scholars’, ‘ban the Qur’an’ and
    ‘Ban islamic organisations’.

    When on Friday the February 22nd the faithful came out en mass to protest
    against such vulgar attack on Islam, the police attacked the peaceful
    procession and shot over a dozen to death. A number of Imams and Khatibs
    were harassed and beaten inside the mosques by the ruling party thugs and
    police and hundreds arrested. However, on Thursday the 28th February an
    unprecedented mass-killing of Muslim protesters took place all around the
    country and 74 people were mercilessly shot dead while protesting against
    the unjust sentence of death verdict imposed upon the most popular Islamic
    scholar, Mawlana Delwar Hossain Saydee.

    Since last three years, the government had set up a highly controversial
    tribunal to prosecute the pro-Islamic opposition leaders under the pretext
    of crimes against humanity committed during the liberation war in 1971. The
    controversial tribunal had already sentenced two prominent ulema, Sheikh
    Abul Kalam Azad and Shiekh Dilowar Hussain Sayedee, to death by hanging for
    no other reason but for Islamic dawah.

    The entire international community, international NGOs, Jurists, Human
    Rights organisations including the United Nations had severely criticised
    the trial process and termed it flawed and not in accordance with the
    international standard but the government took no heed as they just want to
    hang the Islamic leaders.

    Presently, a public campaign has been orchestrated by intelligence and
    popular left-wing medias to ban not only the Islamic parties but also the
    businesses, banks and newspapers and media outlets owned by pro-Islamic
    block were attacked, smashed and burned down by the ruling party thugs
    watched by the police.

    The picture above is a small part of the large and alarming reality; if our
    brothers in Ummah do not come forward to save 160 million Muslims and their
    faith from such onslaught and carnage, we will all stand responsible in the
    eyes of Allah Subhanahu Ta’ala.
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    • Gibran

      Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

      “All the Islamic parties and
      Ulema of the country wanted to maintain the unity of Pakistan in order to
      be secured from Indian hegemony. On the other hand, the liberation war was
      led by the left-leaning secularists under the close supervision of Indian
      military and intelligence.”

      You see, Ulema should always stand up to oppression no? Why is it that these Ulema haven’t gone after the war criminals? Or have they?

      And how do you know Saeedi is innocent? Why not create an Islamic state there and then address the charges against them.

      Bangladeshi people want justice. Think about all those thugs in Pakistan that committed these atrocities and haven’t been given any justice…why not all go after them. I’m not saying don’t go after secularists and Islam haters-they are truly evil. But also go after the war criminals.

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    • Gibran

      Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

      Fellow Bangla Muslims…..how about we seek Allah’s aid? Firstly dua, secondly, we need to know that the secularist/atheists are our enemies…

      Secondly, we need to know that we cannot be defending war criminals. SubhanAllah, if charges are brought against a man, the burden of proof is on the claimant and it’s probable that in this trial injustice has occurred so we need to redo the trial…but we cannot just claim Saeedi is innocent! We need to put him in a new proper trial and be just before Allah, even if he is a scholar. If he committed those crimes, inshaa Allah his victims will get all his good deeds…

      We should not let the injustice of the secularists cause us as Muslims to be unjust.

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      • Aboo Moosa

        Wa alaikumussalam wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakatu Gibran. I’m sure you have heard the phrase: Innocent, until proven guilty’ …The trials taking place in Bangladesh against so called war criminals, is it fair, have you read about it, their procedure? etc…why are they not than tried in UN war criminial courts and not in Bdesh? Just cause jahil young supporters of Awami Leaugue want something do we bow to it? It has to be proven that a certain individual is guilty of committing the crime, proof has to be established.

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  4. Jamils

    BANGLADESH is again plunging itself into another phase of political turmoil and violence.

    The decision by the Dhaka-based International Criminal Tribunal (ICT) to award capital punishment to two key leaders of the Bangladeshi Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) on charges of war crimes during the March-December 1971 civil war in the former East Pakistan has triggered large-scale violent protests and clashes with police killing and injuring a large number of people.

    It must be asked why the Awami League (AL) government of Sheikh Hasina decided to establish the ICT and try those whom it accused of “collaborating” with the Pakistan Army in the “genocide” of Bengali people during the military operation.

    On Feb 28, the controversial ICT found JI vice-president and former member of parliament Delwar Hossain Sayedee guilty of murder, religious persecution and rape and sentenced him to death. The verdict triggered widespread protests in different parts of Bangladesh and also invited counter-demonstrations by those who supported the court’s verdict.

    In Dhaka’s Shahbagh square, thousands of protesters demanded “exemplary punishment” for war criminals and a ban on the Jamaat. The tribunal is trying a total of nine JI leaders and two members of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) for their alleged war crimes.

    AL is blamed by its opponents, including the BNP, of transforming Bangladesh into a fascist state by using excessive force against opponents, manipulating the events of 1971 for political consumption and transforming the country’s Islamic identity into a secular one.

    Because of three major reasons, Bangladesh is unable to detach itself from the events of 1971. First, anti-Pakistan rhetoric has become an integral part of Bangladesh’s political discourse. It is one thing which has been used by various regimes since 1971 to remind people of the liberation war and the value of freedom. Dec 16 in Bangladesh is celebrated as Victory Day. In fact, most of the national days celebrated in Bangladesh are based on anti-Pakistan rhetoric.

    Feb 21 is celebrated as Language Day to mark the struggle launched in East Pakistan to oppose the imposition of Urdu as a national language. March 26 is celebrated as Independence Day to mark the launch of the brutal military operation by the West Pakistan-dominated regime to quell the Awami League-led civil disobedience movement.

    Second, some political parties, particularly the Awami League, which fought the liberation war consider it useful to exploit 1971 for political purposes. By diverting people’s attention from ‘real issues’ like corruption, nepotism and bad governance, the AL government is targeting what it calls ‘war criminals’.

    Finally, the sufferings caused to the people of Bangladesh in view of the exploitative and unequal relationship with the West Pakistan-dominated regimes have nurtured anti-Pakistan feelings, which persist even after 41 years of independence from Pakistan. The military operation of 1971 alienated the Bengali population of the former eastern wing, and became the source of Bangladesh’s national identity. It is perceived that no government in Bangladesh can detach itself from the events of 1971 and the liberation struggle because the survival of that country rests predominantly on keeping these memories alive.

    The BNP and other opposition parties in Bangladesh have alleged that the AL, by pursuing a policy of vendetta, wants to eliminate political opponents before the next elections, due in December 2013. By augmenting the level of political polarisation and targeting religious parties, particularly the Jamaat, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has caused her country to plunge into a serious crisis.

    There have been reported attacks on Hindu temples and two Hindu leaders of AL were recently targeted. Islamists in Bangladesh blame India for sponsoring demonstrations supporting the ICT’s verdict against JI leaders. Furthermore, the recent killing of an anti-Islam blogger by five university students and the demand made by Islamic parties to hang other bloggers on charges of blasphemy also indicate a surge of religious extremism in Bangladesh.

    Steps taken by the AL government in the last few years to reverse the process of Islamisation by military dictators, generals Ziaur Rehman and Hossein Mohammad Ershad, during the late 1970s and 1980s have also deepened the conflict between Islamists and secularists.

    Putting the matter in historical perspective, in 1974, as a result of Pakistan’s recognition of Bangladesh and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s visit to Lahore for the Second Islamic Summit Conference in Feb 1974, Dhaka agreed not to press for the trial of 195 Pakistani prisoners of war — detained in Indian PoW camps — on charges of war crimes.

    Pakistan has expressed regret to Bangladesh about the excesses committed during 1971 but has so far refused to tender a full apology. Therefore, one way to keep the issue of 1971 alive was to try the Bengali nationals, termed collaborators, who primarily belonged to the Al Badr and Al Shams wings of Jamaat-i-Islami.

    One plausible way to deal with the 1971 syndrome is to start the process of reconciliation by forming an independent commission to thoroughly investigate excesses committed during the military operation of 1971 by the Pakistan Army as well as the killings of non-Bengalis in East Pakistan by armed Bengalis and the Mukti Bahini.

    The proposed commission, which can be called the Bangladesh-Pakistan Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will help heal the wounds of 1971 in Bangladesh and in Pakistan and will also help improve relations between the two South Asian countries.

    The writer is professor of International Relations, University of Karachi and has authored a study titled Bangladesh and Pakistan: From Conflict to Cooperation.

    http://dawn.com/2013/03/05/bangladesh-1971-syndrome/

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  5. alex

    what a load of right bollocks. supporting rapists is NOT Islamic, this is NOT a war against Islam but holding people accountable for their actions.

    burning trains and uprooting railroads and shooting police is also not Islamic. But who cares, let’s not let facts get in the way of your arguments.

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    • Aboo Moosa

      Yes, no doubt you are correct. Even demonstarting is questioinable, is it isalmic. Never the less. We see that teh Awami Government allows their supporters to peacefully demonstrate, yet not Jamati, BNP or any other opposing party, tehy fire on them. These police are worse than Arab police, as the Arab police stopped after a certain level, but these are hungry for money so they are not stopping. Hear and obey the ruler for them cos of poverty. There are Kuffar amongst them aswell supporting this nationalism, bogottry. Islamic studies have beed taken out of its National Curriculum. Yet 90% are Muslims and it is regarded as a muslim country…well may be not any more. Under the banner of democracy the government protects those who insult Islam….So what does this all say, now its Islam and Muslim issue.

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  6. Aseey/jos

    please are we guilty just because we are muslim. Muslims will we wait until thousand of us have been wiped out? We need to come together as one ummah. forget ancestral glory, nationhood, and any form of tribal baground.
    We need to put the hadith of the prophet(saw) as our daily pledge ‘ you are not a muslim until you love for your brother what you love for yourself ‘.

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  7. WAJiD

    Asalaam Alaikum,

    JazakAllah khairun for a timely article.

    A few points:

    – There is NO evidence that the islamic groups committed war crimes. They were against the break up of Pakistan (just as they were originally against the break up of India) but that does not = war crimes.

    – There is NO evidence that Islamic groups have been vandalising non-Muslim temples. In fact, evidence to the contrary with well documented pictures of them guarding the temples from attacks by secular thugs who would then blame the islamic groups for this.

    – The secularists have been vile in their hatred of Islam including making fun of the Prophet (SAW) , aspects of the faith and one of the bloggers who organised the protest going so far as saying that “if Allah came down, we would hang him too.” Nauzubillah.

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    • Gibran

      wa alaykumusalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

      Yes, it’s not easy to accept that Muslims, the ones who were supporting the implementation of the deen of Truth happened to also slaughter innocent kaffirs and Muslims.

      The revolutionaries aren’t necessarily innocent either. I remember reading that they committed massacres as well.

      If all this is true, it means every group committed atrocities. Just because someone is Muslim does not mean they cannot commit atrocities. We must put them to justice even if they are claiming to support Allah’s deen and even if their opponents are disbelievers.

      Justice, Allah’s justice, is sweet and clean cut. Allah who knows the falling of a leaf can certainly settle every injustice on Yawm ad Din.

      Imam Ahmad recorded that `Abdullah bin Muhammad bin `Aqil heard Jabir bin `Abdullah say, “I was told about a Hadith which a man heard from the Prophet , so I bought a camel and put my saddle on it, then I traveled on it for a month until I came to Ash-Sham, where `Abdullah bin Unays was. I said to the doorkeeper, `Tell him that Jabir is at the door.’ He said, `Jabir bin `Abdullah’ I said, `Yes.’ So he came out, still putting his garment on, and embraced me, and I embraced him, and said: `I heard a Hadith narrated by you, that you heard from the Messenger of Allah about reciprocal punishments. I was afraid that you or I would die before I could hear it.’ He said, `I heard the Messenger of Allah say:

      «يَحْشُرُ اللهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ النَّاسَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ أَوْ قَالَ: الْعِبَادَ عُرَاةً غُرْلًا بُهْمًا»

      (Allah will gather the people — or His servants — on the Day of Resurrection, naked, uncircumcised and Buhman.) I asked, `What is Buhman’ He said,

      لَيْسَ مَعَهُمْ شَيْءٌ، ثُمَّ يُنَادِيهِمْ بِصَوْتٍ يَسْمَعُهُ مَنْ بَعُدَ كَمَا يَسْمَعُهُ مَنْ قَرُبَ: أَنَا الْمَلِكُ، أَنَا الدَّيَّانُ لَا يَنْبَغِي لِأَحَدٍ مِنْ أَهْلِ النَّارِ أَنْ يَدْخُلَ النَّارَ وَلَهُ عِنْدَ أَحَدٍ مِنْ أَهْلِ الْجَنَّةِ حَقٌّ حَتَّى أُقِصَّهُ مِنْهُ، وَلَا يَنْبَغِي لِأَحَدٍ مِنْ أَهْلِ الْجَنَّةِ أَنْ يَدْخُلَ الْجَنَّةَ وَلَهُ عِنْدَ رَجُلٍ مِنْ أَهْلِ النَّارِ حَقٌّ حَتَّى أُقِصَّهُ مِنْهُ حَتَّى اللَّطْمَة»

      (They will have nothing with them. Then a voice will call out to them that will be heard by those far away just as easily as it will be heard by those near: “I am the Sovereign, I am the Judge. None of the people of Hell should enter Hell if he is owed something by one of the people of Paradise, until I have settled the matter, and none of the people of Paradise should enter Paradise if he is owed something by one of the people of Hell, until I settle the matter — even if it is only the case of a slap.”) We said, `How will that be, when we have come before Allah barefooted, naked, uncircumcised and having nothing with us’ He said,

      «بِالْحَسَنَاتِ وَالسَّيِّئَات»

      (By ﴿merit for﴾ good deeds, and ﴿recompense﴾ for evil deeds.) Shu`bah narrated from Al-`Awwam bin Muzahim from Abu `Uthman from `Uthman bin `Affan, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allah said:

      «إِنَّ الْجَمَّاءَ لَتَقْتَصُّ مِنَ الْقَرْنَاءِ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَة»

      (The animal who lost a horn will settle the score with the one that has horns on the Day of Resurrection.) It was recorded by `Abdullah the son of Imam Ahmad, and there are corroborating narrations through other routes.
      http://www.qtafsir.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2723&Itemid=73

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  8. Ismail

    After the sad incident that took place in India a few months back, it seems that rapists are the ones everyone hates now. So what better way than to accuse your political opponents of that particular crime, eh? The timing of the Bangladeshi government is impeccable and calculated. Today, if someone is accused of rape, most do not want to see any evidence. He is a rapist, kill him! Forget the irregularities in the panel of “experts” compiled by the Awami League, there’s a Muslim who’s just been accused of rape. The secularists are frothing at their mouths, rubbing their hands with glee! Oh, joy!

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  9. O H

    The current secular, anti-Islamic political system has to be opposed as much as possible but the problem is Jamaat Islam do not necessarily represent the solution.There is no doubt Awami league is far worse than Jamaat Islam but the latter have to seriously make some reforms if they are to be observed in a more positive light among people. A lot of the negative sentiments regarding Jamaat is due to their own shortcomings & behaviour although Awami league & other secularists have exaggerated & blown out of proportion the negatives of Jamaat Islam. The other problem is large sections of the population are secularist, nationalistic & are against Islam based politics & even though they may want to see the end of oppresive & corrupt governments, many do not want the Islamic Shariah to be established & implemented despite nearly 90% of the population being Muslim. The pictures from the Shahbaq square are really saddening to see as a Muslim. Thousands of people with mass intermingling of sexes, all sorts of un-Islamic behaviour & many may have skipped their obligation of prayer as they scream on top of their lungs for justice.Really sad state of affairs for the Bengali Muslim youth.

    May Allaah replace the current oppresors with people who rule with the Qur’an & Sunnah.

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