Bangladesh: “Religion in our hearts and Secularism on Our Sleeves”

Source: The Diplomat Blog

By Sanjay Kumar

“Remember Bangladesh is a young country and it is fighting hard to retain the spirit of secularism despite a looming threat from radical elements within the society and outside. So when you are reporting from there you should be sensitive.” This was the first thing a senior Bangladeshi official said when I went to submit my passport for a visa in the Bangladeshi high commission in New Delhi last week.

During the ten minutes of one-sided conversation the senior staff went on to tell me about the Islamic Republic’s struggle to maintain the spirit of freedom since it was born in 1971. He further emphasized how important it is for the country to remain on the path of secularism and Bengali nationalism.

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4 replies

  1. The Prophet said, “A Muslim has to listen to and obey (the order of his ruler) whether he likes it or not, as long as his orders involve not one in disobedience to Allah, but if an act of disobedience (to Allah) is imposed one should not listen to it or obey it. [Bukhari – book of judgements]

    O you who believe! obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority from among you; then if you quarrel about anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you believe in Allah and the last day; this is better and very good in the end. [4:59]

    It is evidentin Islam that muslim countries should base their constitutions in accordance to quran and sunnah. Legislations should not contradict the objectives of islamic Shariah.

    Thus social regulations, judicial laws and ettiquetes of economics should be in consistency with Quran and sunnah

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