Bangladesh regulates Friday sermons after attacks

National memorial

National Monument of Bangladesh

Source: Dawn

DHAKA: Bangladesh on Friday moved to regulate weekly sermons in hundreds of thousands of mosques as part of a stepped-up campaign to combat extremism, officials said.The move comes after the deadly attack in an upscale Dhaka cafe in which 20 hostages were brutally shot and hacked to death in the nation’s worst attack by suspected militants.Since then, authorities have shut down Zakir Naik’s Peace TV, and decided to monitor the social media and Friday sermons of local mosques in a bid to prevent radicalisation.As part of the drive, the state-run Islamic Foundation, which works as a watchdog for mosques and religious establishments, has prepared a sermon for the main national mosque which it has asked other mosques to follow.The sermon, which was published by the agency ahead of Friday’s prayers, invokes holy verses and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to rail against murderous extremism.”Whoever kills a person unjustly, it is as though he has killed all mankind,” it said, citing a verse of the Holy Quran.


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  1. Remarkable step in right direction. Bold action to eliminate hijacking by religious clerics. Well done BD keep it up. Might be Pakistan can follow same foot steps.

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