Hasina urges int’l voice against unjust acts
Islamic Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) organised the programme at Osmani Auditorium in the city. Hasina said the greatest Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) throughout his life spread the message of peace and had spoken about waging war against injustice and falsehood.
She underscored the need for strengthening understanding among the Muslim nations and for reviving the glorious traditions of the early Islamic era, when Muslims ruled the whole world through their power of knowledge of science and technology. The Prime Minister said: “Millions of Muslims in the world having diverse culture and traditions stand in one confluence with humanitarian and high moral values and today’s idea of globalisation is implanted in the widespread idea of unity enshrined in Islam.”
She said the message of peace and fraternity as enshrined in Islam were spread in this region by the Sufi saints and dervishes, and the peace-loving people of this soil easily accepted the liberal and humanitarian appeal of Islam in their lives. She added that Islam, the religion of peace, established its humane glory assimilating the unique natural and cultural distinctiveness of Bengal and that is why the people of Bengal are very religious-minded from the time immemorial, but not bigots.
Hasina said the nearly half a millennium-year-old city Dhaka is a unique place of Islamic traditions and culture and the fame of Dhaka as a city of mosques is not unfounded. These mosques are not merely places of worship, but also bear the testimony of cultural symbols. She recalled the ‘glory of the Muslins’ made by the weavers of Dhaka, which once used to add to the aristocracy of the durbars of the kings worldwide.
The prime minister extended her gratitude to the OIC member states through the director general of ISESCO for nominating Dhaka as the Capital of Islamic Culture of Asian region. Referring to the repeated calls of Bangladesh’s national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam in his writings for forging unity in favour of equality and fraternity discarding envy and injustice, she said her government also believes that there is no place for terrorism and destructive activities in Islam and will show zero tolerance to terrorist activities in the name of Islam. Hasina mentioned that soon after the country’s independence, father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman undertook various works for the development of Islam and welfare of the Muslim Ummah. “Due to the visionary decision of Bangabandhu, Bangladesh earned the membership of the OIC,” she said.
The prime minister said Bangabandhu laid the foundation of establishing diplomatic ties with the Muslim countries through attending the OIC Summit in 1974. Bangabandhu also supported the struggle of the Palestinian people for their separate homeland making Jerusalem as its capital, she said, adding that the present government also supports this.
Chaired by Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad, the function was also addressed, among others, by ISESCO Director General Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri as the guest of honour and Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid as special guest.
The ISESCO has embarked upon the programme of celebrating the Capitals of Islamic Culture since 2005, as part of its efforts to spread the Islamic culture, reinvigorate its principles and ideals, entrench its values, and perpetuate the historical, civili sational and cultural glories of member states of the OIC.—UBN