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HC refuses to accept writ to reschedule Shab-e-Barat

  • Published at 03:24 pm April 17th, 2019
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The Islamic Foundation confirmed that Shab-e-Barat will be on April 21

The High Court has refused to accept the writ petition seeking its directive to instruct the Islamic Foundation to reschedule the date for the Shab-e-Barat.

The High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader refused the writ for a second time on Wednesday.

Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, Majlisu Ruiatul Hilal's—a religious organization's—lawyer Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan said:  "We prayed for permission to file a writ petition seeking the court's directive on Islamic Foundation to set the night of April 20 to observe Shab-e-Barat."

The court responded by saying the Islamic Foundation has already declared that Shab-e-Barat will be observed on the night of April 21. 

"If we interfere in this issue at this stage, confusion will be created," said Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan.

Also Read- Shab-e-Barat on April 21

"The court may interfere if the organization moves any petition to making the moon-sighting committee more active in the future," the bench said.

The Islamic Foundation had come to this decision after holding a meeting with the National Moon Sighting Committee — that Shab-e-Barat will be observed on April 21.

Meanwhile, Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan prayed for permission to file the writ petition.

When he insisted the court give permission to Majlisu Ruiatul Hilal to file the writ petition, Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan said: "Please do not embarrass us."

On April 15, the same High Court bench did not allow the religious organization to file a writ petition regarding this matter. 

Later, the bench asked them to wait until Wednesday; as a committee formed on April 13 had already submitted its report to the Islamic Foundation to resolve the issue and end the confusion over the date of the upcoming holy night.

Following the report, the Islamic Foundation, on April 16, further declared that the Holy Shab-e-Barat will be observed on the night of 

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