The Shura Committee (The policymaking body) on Saturday took charge of Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Mainul Islam Hathazari following the resignation and death of its director general Allama Shah Ahmed Shafi.
Maulana Salauddin Nanupuri, a member of the Shura Committee, announced it through the loud speakers of Hathazari Mosque at 12:25pm before the namaz-e-janaza (funeral prayer) of Allama Shafi.
Salauddin Nanupuri said Allama Shafi huzur was their mentor (murubbi). “We’ll all pray for Allama Shafi. The Shura Committee will be responsible for resolving the ongoing crisis with the Madrasa. I’ll appoint the director of the madrasa in a short time after the namaz-e-janaza and burial of Allama Shafi Huzur. The Shura Committee will run the madrasa till the time before the appointment of the director,” he said.
Amir (Chief) of Hefazat-e Islam Allama Shah Ahmed Shafi willingly stepped down as the director-general of Hathazari Madrasa a day before his death.
Also read: Allama Shafi resigns from Hathazari Madrasa
On Thursday night, Maulana Noman Foyezi, a member of the Shura Committee of the Hathazari Madrasa, announced his resignation after a meeting with Allama Shafi, saying that he (Shafi) would act as an advisor (muhtamim) of the Madrasa and the decision over removal of Shafi’s son Anas Madani, a teacher of the Madrasa.
Allama Shafi’s resignation came amid student protests as a group of Hathazari Madrasa students demonstrated demanding the removal of Maulana Anas, also the publicity secretary of Hefazat.
Hefazat chief post to be filled soon through convention: Junaid Babunagari
General Secretary of Hefazat-e Islam Junaid Babunagari on Saturday said the post of Amir of Hefazat-e Islam that fell vacant following the death of Allama Shafi will be filled by a convention shortly.
He made this announcement through the loudspeakers of the Hathazari mosque before the namaz-e-janaza of Allama Shafi.
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Describing Allama Shafi as their mentor, Babunagari said, “There is no internal conflict in Hefazat-e Islam. With the death of Allama Shafi Huzur, the post of Amir of Hefazat-e Islam became vacant. We’ll convene a convention of Hifazat-e Islam in a short time after completing the janaza and burial of Huzur (Allama Shafi). At the convention, we’ll unanimously elect the Amir of Hefazat-e Islam.”
The Hefazat-e Islam Bangladesh was formed on 19 January 2010 at the Ulema Conference held at Darul Ulum Hathazari Auditorium. Ahmed Shafi was nominated as its founder Amir.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) on Saturday requested the city dwellers to refrain from publishing photos of stray dog removal from the city street as they are fake and distorted.
The city corporation raised the matter in a press release.
Some photos are floating on social media that show stray dogs being killed and boarded onto vehicles or their bodies are dumped beside the drains, DSCC said.
The dogs are boarded into the vehicles after making them unconscious by temporary vaccination during the stray dog removing programme, the release said.
So there is no chance of dumping a large number of dogs beside any drain after vaccination, it added.
Moreover, some pictures were published in such a way which seemingly suggests that DSCC has killed the stray dogs, DSCC said.
These pictures are completely fake and distorted, DSCC said, and requested the city dwellers not to share them on social media.
A total of two dengue patients are currently taking treatment at different hospitals across the country,
No new Dengue case was reported in the past 24 hours until Saturday morning, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in a media release.
Both patients are from the capital.
Some 442 people have been diagnosed with dengue since the beginning of this year. Among them, 439 have recovered, the DGHS said.
Bangladesh witnessed a massive dengue outbreak last year when 101,354 people were hospitalised and 101,037 recovered fully.
Dengue killed 179 people last year, according to official figures.
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BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said media freedom and democracy in Bangladesh ‘cannot be protected’ without a united movement.
“A message should be given to all that democracy, journalism and the country and its independence and sovereignty can’t be protected without a united movement,” he said.
The BNP leader said, “There’s no way-out other than changing the current situation. The only way to remove this fascist government is a united movement and struggle. We need unity and we’ve been always trying to forge it. We’ve to move forward by creating a national unity.”
He made the remarks at a virtual discussion arranged by a faction of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ).
Fakhrul said the unity of people and political parties is now imperative to 'restore' democracy for which the nation fought against Pakistani occupation forces and liberated the country in 1971.
“The current government has no political values as Awami League doesn’t believe in democracy. Awami League and democracy never go together and there’s no democracy in their chemistry. They think they’re all in all and they’ll run the country and control everything,” he observed.
The BNP leader said the media and journalists are going through the toughest time due to the government’s 'repressive and suppressive' acts. “A situation has been created here, especially creating fear and panic, that no one now dares rise voice and express their views freely.”
He said there have never been so many unemployed journalists in the country. “After the introduction of Bakshal in 1975, all but four newspapers were shut. They now indirectly created the same situation. Those who now speak in favour of them and those who’re on their side will only be able to run their newspapers and channels and media outlets. But they won’t allow others to do so."
Fakhrul said many journalists were killed, made disappeared, sacked, repressed and sent to jail facing the wrath of the government. "Even after that, you’ve to turn around as you’re the foundation of democracy.”
Fakhrul said democracy can never be established without free flow of information or free media as the mass media can play a major role in democratic society in all countries, in all eras and at all times.
DUJ president Kader Gani Chowdhury said the Digital Security Act has become a dangerous obstacle to expressing freedom of speech. “By creating a culture of fear, this law is being used as a weapon to gag the media and suppress the dissent.”
Describing the Digital Security Act as a ‘dogmatic’ law, he said it cannot exist in any civilised society or in any civilised welfare state. “It’s an unconstitutional law. We demand the immediate repeal of this law.”
Allama Shah Ahmed Shafi, Hathazari Madrasah rector and chief of Hefazat-e-Islam, was laid to rest at Hathazari Madrasah graveyard in Chattogram on Saturday afternoon.
The namaz-e-janaza of Allama Shafi was held on the madrasah premises with participation of thousands of people and supporters of Hefazat.
His eldest son Maulana Mohammad Yusuf Madani conducted the namaz-e-janaza around 2pm. Later, he was buried at the madrasah graveyard.
People came from different parts of the country to attend the janaza. Some top Islamic scholars of the country were present at the janaza.
Due to huge crowd inside the madrasah, the coffin carrying the body was taken from the madrasah ground to a local bungalow.
Funeral prayers were conducted from there.
Earlier, his body-carrying vehicle reached the madrasah premises at 10 am on Saturday.
Meanwhile security was tightened in four upazilas of Chattogram to avoid any untoward situation over the burial of Ahmed Shafi.
Allama Shafi breathed his last at a hospital in the capital on Friday evening at the age of 104, within 24 hours of resignation from his post at the Hathazari Madrasah in the face of student protests.
Sources at the Chattogram district administration said additional police and members of Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) and Rapid Action Battalion were deployed in Hathazari, Patiya, Rangunia and Fatikchhari upazilas.
Besides, seven magistrates were deployed to maintain law and order in the upazilas from Saturday morning. Of these, four magistrates will be on duty in Hathazari upazila, said Md Omar Faruk, an assistant commissioner at the Deputy Commissioner's office.
He said additional security measures were taken to prevent any unpleasant situation at Hathazari Madrasah centering the student protests and the closure of the madrasah.
Along with police, 20 platoons BGB and RAB members were on duty, led by seven magistrates, in the four upazilas, the official said, adding that all the security measures have been taken.
Students of the madrasah have been agitating since last Wednesday last.
Anas Madani, son of Allama Ahmad Shafi, director general of the madrasah, was withdrawn on Wednesday night in the face of demands of the students.
The protests turned violent after the Ministry of Education issued a notification on Thursday closing the madrasah for an indefinite period.
Under the circumstances, Shafi announced his resignation from his post around 12am on Thursday.
Also read: Allama Shafi resigns from Hathazari Madrasa
Later, he fell sick and was admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital. When his condition deteriorated, he was taken to Dhaka by an air ambulance on Friday afternoon.
He died there around 7 pm.
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Shah Ahmad Shafi was the rector of Al-Jamiatul Alia Darul Unum Moinul Islam Hathazari, to give the institution its full name, and also the chairman of Bangladesh Qawmi Madrasah Education Board.
He was born in 1916 (1334-35 AH) in Rangunia of Chattogram and was educated at Hathazari Madrasah and Darul Uloom Deoband.
Shafi started his career as a teacher at AL-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Moinul Islam Hathazari Madrasah in Chittagong.