Muslim Brotherhood Condemns Execution of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leader Rahman Nizami
The Muslim Brotherhood strongly condemns the heinous crime committed by the Awami League government in Bangladesh, headed by Ms Hasina. The regime unjustly executed Motiur Rahman Nizami, the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leader and former minister and parliamentarian, just after dawn Tuesday, in a jail in the Bengali capital (Dhaka), despite a torrent of domestic and international pleas for the government to stop this crime.
The Muslim Brotherhood extends its sincere condolences to Jamaat-e-Islami group in Bangladesh and the Indian sub-continent and to his family, students and supporters around the world, reaffirming its full condemnation of the Bangladeshi authorities’ continued war on Islam and Muslims, which included:
– A series of executions of the Islamic group’s leaders and other political opponents, like Abdul-Quader Molla, the group’s Secretary-General, in December 2013; Mohamed Kamarulzaman, in April 2015; Ali Ahsan Mohamed, the group’s Secretary-General, in November 2015; and Salahuddin Quader Choudhury, former member of parliament for the Bangladesh National Party. Death sentences have also been issued against Ali Motiur Rahman Nizami, the group’s head (over 91 years old); and Mir Qasim Ali, member of the group’s executive body.
– Relentless hounding, arrest and detention campaigns against leaders and members of the group, like Professor Ghulam Azam, the group’s founder, who died ill in prison (aged 92 years). Those continued campaigns rounded up 6,500 of the group’s members and leaders, in order to make way for the vicious attack on Islam and Muslims, and empowerment of secular thought. The Bengali Secretary of State even explicitly announced that: "Bangladesh is a secular state. It is not a Muslim country".
– The Government of Ms Hasina and the Awami League, in early 2012, forced the country into secularism; with the abolition of the constitutional articles relating to the Islamic nature of the country, or its links to Muslim countries. The Supreme Court in Dhaka further ruled (in the same year) in favor of a return of secular principles in the country’s constitution, the abolition of all Articles and texts expressive for an Islamic state, and the abolition of the constitutional amendments made to the country’s constitution in 1972, having paved the way for that by implementing a systematic ‘drying of sources’ of Islamic education, and the closure of many educational and charitable institutions.
We are certain all these actions, crimes and practices will not weaken members or leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami or other patriotic groups, and will not discourage them from doing their duty in the service of their people, or endeavoring to rid the country of despotic rulers. It will not stop them challenging attempts by the Prime Minister, in collaboration with external forces, to chain up the country with dependency and subservience to foreign powers and to prevent the Muslim people of Bangladesh from fulfilling their quest to build a society and a state based on justice, equality and truth.
The Muslim Brotherhood
Cairo: Tuesday – May 10, 2016