Befaq: PM Hasina irritated over recommendations to transform Qawmi madrasa

Top clerics of Qawmi madrasas were outraged following the letter sent by Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury, who placed an eight-point recommendation, to transform Qawmi education

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed her dissatisfaction over the letter containing recommendations for transforming Qawmi madrasas of the country by Hefazat-e-Islam leader Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury.

Befaqul Madarisil Arabia Bangladesh (Befaq) Joint Secretary General Mufti Nurul Amin made the statement citing Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal following a meeting on Saturday.

He said the home minister assured the Befaq delegation that no one could influence the government to bring change to the Qawmi madrasa education system.

Top clerics of Qawmi madrasas were outraged following the letter sent by Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury, who placed an eight-point recommendation, to transform Qawmi education.

Nurul Amin said Hefazat-e- Islam General Secretary Sirajul Islam also criticized the letter sent by his party man.

Sirajul Islam said that the letter reflected only Mizanur Rahman’s point of view, not Hefazat’s, said Nurul Amin.

However, the Befaq joint secretary general said they will take the decision to join Wednesday following a discussion with their party chairman.

The letter by Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury made eight recommendations to ensure Qawmi madrasas’ contribution in playing a more effective role in combating militancy, extremism, drug eradication and social degradation. 

To determine these factors, the meeting will be held in the conference room of the Ministry of Home Affairs at 11am on Wednesday with Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal in the chair.

Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury sent the letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina through Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on June 25.

Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury thinks that if his recommendations are implemented, the Qawmi madrasas will be able to contribute more and play a more effective role in preventing militancy, extremism, drug eradication, and social degradation.

However, the Befaq joint secretary general said: "He (Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury) has no right to issue such a letter while he is not a member of the Al Hayatul Ulaya Lil-Jamiatil Qawmia Bangladesh.

“We will hand over a letter on behalf of our party president Maulana Mahmudul Hasan in this regard,” Nurul Amin said. 

Earlier in the day, Qawmi leaders sat in a meeting to discuss their action plan over the letter at the central office of Al Hayatul Ulaya Lil-Jamiatil Qawmia Bangladesh.

Maulana Mahmudul Hasan, chairman of the organization, chaired the meeting with the members of the standing committee.

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