SYDNEY - Voicing solidarity with their Muslim brothers in the Asian country, a host of Muslim scholars and figures have joined hands in Australia to raise voice against secular campaigns against Islam in Bangladesh and brutal government crackdown on protestors.
We condemn the campaign of some ultra-secular and religion-basher people in spreading hatred against Islam in Bangladesh, Dr. Louay AbdulBaki, Director of Hikmah Institute in Sydney, told attendees at a seminar on the situation in Bangladesh, according to a statement obtained by OnIslam.net on Sunday, April 28.
These activities are against universal human rights and completely out of the limits of freedom of speech.
Organized by Olamaa Foundation Australia, the seminar brought together a host of figures, including Sheikh Mohammad Nazrul Islam AlFaroo, Sheikh Ferdous Alam and Atiqur Rahman, the former chief of staff of the Bangladeshi army.
Attendees tackled how Muslims should deal with attacks against Islam by secular bloggers in Bangladesh.
Muslims are ordained to protect the sanctity and honor of their religious symbols, AbdulBaki said.
Moreover, love for Allah and His messenger must exceed love for own family, wealth, business or even one's own life; and this is an indication to God-fearing in one's heart.
He called on the Bangladeshi government to stop harassment and arrest of Muslim scholars in the Asian country.
Bangladesh has been in turmoil over postings by bloggers seen as defaming Islam and Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him).
Tension escalated in the country over the trials of several Islamist leaders on alleged war crimes during the 1971 independence war.
The situation further worsened after security forces launched a deadly crackdown on anti-government protestors, leaving more than 100 people dead.
Anger grew against the government after more than 400 people died in a garment building collapse earlier this week.
At the beginning of the seminar, prayers were held for the victims of the building collapse in Bangladesh.
Olamaa Foundation Australia also organized fundraising activities for helping the affected families and medical treatment for the injured.
Attendees said that Muslims have a responsibility to help their society and those in distress around the world.
Every Muslim has some responsibilities towards their society wherever they live in the world, Sheikh Atiqur Rahman told attendees.
These responsibilities include preaching of Allah's teachings and social reformation when someone is educated with Islamic knowledge.
He said the Olamaa Foundation Australia is striving to spread Islamic knowledge and awareness among Australian Muslims.
Sheikh Nazrul Islam AlFarooq urged Muslims to provide help to people in distress everywhere.
To help oppressed people in Bangladesh with every possible means is therefore a believer's duty wherever they reside or whatever they do, he said.
It would not be an easy way out from the current crisis if the government in Bangladesh continues to ignore justice and does not try to find out solutions.
Sheikh Ferdous Alam criticized what he said government support for ultra-secular people to spread their anti-Islam ideas.
It is not accepted in any civilized society how the Bangladeshi government is killing people of opposition parties, arresting people only because they wear beard, hijab or other Islamic dresses.Bangladesh is the world's third-largest Muslim majority nation with a population of some 148 million.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net