Hefazat-e-Islam chief Shah Ahmed Shafi on Thursday reiterated that they did not make any compromise with the government to get the recognition of Qawmi madrasa’s Dawra-e-Hadith degree as post-graduation.
“The recognition is the long-neglected right of Qawmi madrasas, which was finally given retaining the distinct features of Qawmi madrasa education and basic principles of Darul Uloom Deoband of India,” said Shafi while addressing a mass reception programme in Chittagong.
Thanking Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for announcing the recognition of the degree, he said: “A vested quarter is trying to spread confusion over the April 11 meeting with the premier at Gono Bhaban where some 350 representatives of Qawmi madrasas were present.”
“We did not budge a single inch from our previous stance over the recognition,” said Shafi, also the chairman of Befaqul Madarisil Arabia Bangladesh, a Qawmi madrasa board.
On a separate note, he demanded that the government immediately act upon the PM’s call to shift the sculpture of Lady Justice from in front of the Supreme Court inside the court premises.
Hathazari Olama Parishad, a platform of local Islamic scholars, accorded the reception to Shafi for what it termed his successful leadership to get green signal from the premier to remove the statue and get recognition of the Qawmi madrasa degree.
On Sunday, the radical Islamist group chief said: “We always strive for establishing peace in the society and country. So, there is no scope to spread confusion over the meeting with the government.”
The government on April 13 issued a circular declaring “Dawra-e-Hadith” as equivalent to a Master’s degree in Islamic Studies or Arabic, just two days after the PM decided to acknowledge so in a meeting with Bangladesh Qawmi Madrasa Education Board and Hefazat leaders.
Since then, the decision has been garnering criticism from the civil society and prominent educationists. Even, Islamist group Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat on Saturday urged the government to cancel its decision.
The Qawmi madrasa-based Islamist hardliner pressure group that has been eyeing Shariah Law in Bangladesh are engaged in a number of controversial issues.