Govt won’t make law against Quran: PM Sheikh Hasina

A certain quarter is trying to misguide people with propaganda on women development policy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government would not enact any law that would go against the holy Quran and Sunnah. “Awami League never enacted any law in the past that goes against the Quran and Sunnah and would not also do so in future,” she told a function organised at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium to mark the 36th founding anniversary of Islamic Foundation.The premier complained a certain quarter is trying to misguide people with propaganda, mentioning the recently approved women development policy contains certain anti-Islamic provision. “I would request them to show us the part of the National Women Development Policy that goes against the Quran and Sunnah.”The group is raising their voice without going through the policy, she claimed. She also stressed on upholding Islamic tradition in the country at any cost. Sheikh Hasina urged the country’s olama-mashayekh (Islamic scholars) and common people to remain alert about such motivated propaganda against AL and the government. On women’s rights, she said Islam is the only religion which protects the rights of women. Those who are plotting to create an issue over the women development policy should know that the person who first accepted Islam was a woman, Hazrat Khadiza (RA), and the person who first sacrificed life for Islam was also a woman, Hazrat Sumaiya (RA), she noted. “Hazrat Ayesha (RA) had accompanied Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) even in the war field.” She requested the Islamic scholars to come up with suggestions to decide on the share in family property of those women who have no brother. Education cannot be complete without religious lessons, observed the premier adding, “We want to give people complete education, that’s why we’ve made religious education compulsory in the new education policy.” According to her, madrasa education has played a significant role in spreading education in Bangladesh. In this regard, she said the government has set up 30 model madrasas and introduced vocational courses in 100 and honours courses in 31 others. The prime minister also reiterated her strong commitment to root out militancy from the country. “There is no place of militancy in Islam. When Islam says committing suicide is a great sin, how can a Muslim launch a suicide bomb attack?”

Chaired by State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Shahjahan Miah, the function was also addressed by Religious Affairs Secretary Kazi Habibul Awal and Islamic Foundation Director General Shamim Mohammad Afzal. Khatib of Baitul Mukarram Mosque Maulana Salahuddin conducted a special munajat at the function seeking divine blessings for the nation and world humanity.