Bangladesh: Islamic leader vows to protect Christians

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During an Interreligious seminar which was intended to promote dialogue between various religious communities. Addressing the audience, Alhaj Nazrul Islam Molla, an Islamic leader asserted: “I invite everyone to consult me at all times, if they hear news of persecution against Christians and Hindus. I will go on the site and will stop it.”

Christian persecution in Bangladesh

This seminar was organized by the Commission for Dialogue and Ecumenism at St. Michael’s Church, Chalna parish of Bangladesh. 65 representatives of Christians, Hindus and Muslims attended this seminar. However, the highlight of the seminar was a pledge made by an Islamic leader Alhaj Nazrul Islam Molla, Chairman of the Ulama League Dakop.

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Alhaj Nazrul Islam Molla promised protection to Christians and Hindus. “Islam is a religion of peace. Our Prophet Muhammad has suffered much in his lifetime to establish peace. We must do the same.” He urged all to report the incidents of violence or discrimination committed against minorities. “If you see that someone is trying to create problems in your groups in the name of Islam, inform me. I will address the problem and help you to solve it,” he stated.

Speaking on this occasion, Bishop, Msgr. James Romen Boiragi, stated: “We want to promote the understanding between members of different religious groups- he said – we all need to know each other in depth. This is because; the lack of mutual understanding brings misunderstanding and conflict between the various faiths.”

He further stated that the “political leaders are working only for their own benefit, and not to build peace. If the religious leaders work together, they could achieve peace in the easiest way through discussions and proposals.”

Father Pietanza Dominico Mimmo, Director of the Center for Interreligious Dialogue of Khulna who was among the organizers of this seminar stated: “These kinds of seminars bring very positive results, with friendly relations between the members of various faiths. Given that we Christians are a minority – he said – we should organize more similar opportunities to reduce religious fanaticism in Bangladesh.”

Madon Mohon Roy, while representing the Hindu community stated that the Hindu religion maintains peace: “The god Krishna came to earth to establish peace. Respect for the religion of others is the only way to create a peaceful world.”