Ailing Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh chief Shah Ahmed Shafi was hospitalised in Chittagong on Thursday.
According to his Press Secretary Munir Ahmed, 96-year-old Shafi was admitted to a private hospital in Chittagong city after he fell sick in the evening.
“He is very weak now. Doctors are running some tests on him,” Munir said.
Shafi has been suffering from various old age complications , including high blood pressure and diabetes.
The nonagenarian controversial leader, who is known as Boro Hujur (the eldest scholar) among his followers, is heavily criticised by progressive Bangladeshis for his highly prejudicial views on various local issues and for his platform’s pledge of Islamiscising Bangladesh.
Shafi is the rector of Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Moinul Islam, also known as Hathazari Madrasa.
He is also the chairman of Befaqul Madarisil Arabia Bangladesh, the largest qawmi madrasa board in the country.