Bangladesh hangs Islamist leader Abdul Kader Mullah

Epigraph: O ye who believe! equitable retaliation in the matter of the slain is prescribed for you: the free man for the free man, and the slave for the slave, and the female for the female. But if one is granted any remission by one’s brother, … And whoso transgresses thereafter, for him there shall be a grievous punishment.
And there is life for you in the law of retaliation, O men of understanding, that you may enjoy security. (Al Quran 2:179-180)

Bangladesh High-Court

Source: BBC

Bangladesh has executed the Islamist leader Abdul Kader Mullah, convicted of atrocities in the 1971 war of independence with Pakistan.

He is the first person convicted by Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) to be executed.

The ICT was set up in 2010 to investigate abuses committed during the 1971 conflict, in which some estimate three million people were killed.

Mullah was a senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party.

His trial earlier in the year sparked protests from Jamaat supporters.

Mullah had been scheduled to be hanged on Tuesday, before gaining a reprieve pending a last-minute appeal.

The Bangladeshi Supreme Court dismissed the appeal earlier on Thursday.

The 65-year-old was hanged inside Dhaka central jail at 22:01 local time (16:01 GMT).

Security has been tightened in the capital.

Those being tried by the ICT are accused of collaborating with Pakistani forces who attempted to stop East Pakistan, as Bangladesh was then, from becoming an independent country.

However, human rights groups have claimed that the tribunal falls short of international standards.


18 replies

  1. This jamaat-e-Islami is most pneumatic community who supports terrorists in the name of islam. They call the biggest terrorists of today ” Shaheed” like Osama Bin Laden , killed leaders of Taleban etc. Many of the important terrorist were caught in the houses Jamaat Islami leaders. They are very much involve in internatopnal terrorism. Allah will punish such people who do things the teaching of Islam.

  2. In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious Ever Merciful
    The roll of so called Jama’at-e-Islami and its subsidiary Jamiat has always been notorious and never commendable and I do not Condon the war crimes that must be taken to task, however, if the charge against the Mullah was only to help the forces of Pakistan to stopping East Pakistan to becoming Bangladesh, to my understanding it was not at all war crimes and he should not be executed. It may be that people of East Pakistan had been wronged and subject to unfair treatment still it was mutiny against the Republic of Pakistan and many patriot from East Pakistan did not like to divide their homeland. If the Mullah did not commit any other war crime to my understanding he is then Shaheed.
    Zarif Ahmad

  3. @Zarif Ahmed, Assalamu alaikum. I am very much shocked with the comments left by you on the blog.The Apex court of Bangladesh has awarded death penalty to Mulla against the crimes he commited during the Liberation War in 1971 of Bangladesh.So, there be a no room to be “Shaheed”

  4. If this criteria was applied in Pakistan then many a Mullahs and their off-springs, some are prominent leaders, who opposed the creation of Pakistan and called Qaid e Azam Jinnah Kafir e Azam, should all be hanged and those already dead should be named traitors. But who will “throw the first stone” in today’s Pakistan?
    Here is a food for thought!

  5. @zarif ahmad: you have misunderstood everything. kader mollah is convicted of murdering innocent people and raping of under aged girls. did quran teaches us to do so during war? you haven’t studied about this judgement at all. plz read before commenting on any news.
    Allah has given us knowledge of what is right/wrong. so u r solely responsible for ur activites.

  6. In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious Ever Merciful
    Dear Mr. M. Arif and Ghulam Rabbi
    Assalamo Alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh
    Very sorry for your feelings, I do not mean to injure feelings of my fellow brothers, my comments were very conditional and I apologize if it was other way around. I do not know what other war crimes the Mullah committed if he abducted and raped girls and committed atrocities likewise, he deserved the punishment he was awarded.
    However the Holy Quran teaches us, enmity of a nation may not incite you not to do justice, do justice it is closer to Taqwah. If his crime was only to help the forces of Pakistan, he did what any patriot must do then and only then the word shaheed would be applied to him.
    Zarif Ahmad

  7. i do not have enough understanding of independence of judiciary in Bangladesh. But if it is anything like rest of the third world, then it is very likely that the apex court decision was based on politics instead of justice. I am well aware of short comings of JI, but this execution smells politics instead of justice. Allah knows best.

  8. From Fayyaz Shah:
    But if it is anything like rest of the third world, then it is very likely that the apex court decision was based on politics instead of justice.

    The Jama’at Islami (JI) is a political party or not? So the person had to face political consequences.
    Islam is totally non-political. Enemy forces drag it into Politics. Otherwise Islam is totally non-political.
    Why every Mulla is indulged in politics/ They think they can do more good by way of politics. That is wrong.
    Take the case of attacks on Jama’at Ahmadiyah mosques in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Thousand of persons used to attack the Ahmadi mosque every Friday with weapons (rods, staffs). Did any JI man come forward to stop them or to call them to be peaceful?? Never. That was wrong of them. It means they are not Muslims, not peaceful.
    JI, Being the flag bearer of Islam, they do not understand Islam. They are using Islam as a tool for their politics. They are basically wrong. What use are they? They are making a fool of the poor Muslims and trying to block the progress of Islam (i.e. peace).
    There is no use crying over spilt milk. People need to know and bad leaders have to be stopped in their tracks. Think of the present day killing of Muslims going on. It is a sort of jihaad taught by Maudoodi sahib.

  9. @ Fayyaz Shah, Assalamu Alaikum wa rehmatullahe wa barakatuhu. Victims, eye witness of liberation war of Bangladesh still alive. So, questions should not be arisen against verdict of Apex Court,. Judiciary system in Bangladesh is more transparent than in Pakistan, I think.

  10. Dear Zarif Ahmad Sahib,
    Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullah. Thanks for your comment. But again i disagree with your opinion. By saying Kader Mollah a shahid (martyr) you are justifying their crime during 1971. Here is a website link if you do not believe about genocide in Bangladesh during 1971.

    Again I have to say that Allah has given you the sense of right or wrong. If you can understand that what you are doing (i.e. killing Hindus, innocent people, raping women) wrong then you are on your own.

    In 1971, there were 3 million people killed and less then half a million women were raped.


    • In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious Ever Merciful
      Dear Mr. Golam Rabbi sahib
      Assalamo Alaikum wa rahmatulla wa barakatuh
      The figures you pointed out in 1971 war in Bangladesh are really horrible and condemnable. In Islam killing of just one innocent person is amount to killing of all mankind, I can only sympathized with you and with the people of Bangladesh. But it was due to the dirty and selfish notorious politics of Z.A. Bhutto and Sh.Mujeeb-ur-Rehman and corrupt military leadership and enmity of India. I feel pity and sorry what happened in the past. The roll of JI has always been notorious. Wassalam Zarif Ahmad

  11. Kader Mollah aka butcher of Mirpur (a place in Dhaka. His political team Jamati Islami (BD) was responsible of destroying last Jalsa Salana of Bangladesh in last February. Also when BNP and JI was jointly in power in year 2004 (also JI chief of BD Nizami was a minister of that govt.), they banned the Bangladesh Ahmadiyya all the publications. Then the decision was overruled by high court I think. I do not want to go to the other persecution of JI in BD. The point is you people are educated and excellent human being, please do not support any crime done by leaders of JI. They use religion as a defense and brain wash people.

  12. ASA, Br. Ghulam Server and Br. Mohammad Golam Rabbi, you are absolutely right that JI uses Religion for politics. You are also right that they have been propagating version of Islam that compromises Islamic teaching of tolerance. You are also right that they have not stood for rights of minorities and at times support and drove policies that take their rights away. So needless to say that I am not their fan. They should be brought to justice on above things using the law of the land.

    However, what might have happened in this case, is political revenge vs. justice. If that is the case, it will produce negative results vs positive results. Allah knows best.

  13. Dear Fayyaz Shah Sahib,

    Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullah. Thank you for your comment. There are two major political parties in BD. I do not support any one of them. Reason is they all do destructive politics and when they get chance they try to pass laws against Ahmadies to satisfy certain Islami group.

    Having said that, I do not see anything that can put the court or verdict of the court in a position that you can say it is biased. It may seem a political revenge because govt. is Awamelig and JI is merged with another major party; but it is not.JI has only has 2% of the total vote in BD. So why would govt care about taking any revenge on such party?


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