Foyzur Rahman Faizul, who stabbed noted author Zafar Iqbal at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), was a madrasa student and had abandoned his studies to sell clothes on the streets.
According to sources, Faizul gave up his studies four years ago, and started selling clothes in 2016. He traded at Kaliyarkapon Bazar under Derai upazila of Sunamganj.
Locals, preferring to be anonymous, revealed that Faizul was ejected from a local mosque for arguing about the teachings of Islam around that time.
Faizul’s father- Hafiz Atiqur Rahman is a teacher at Jameya Makhlisia Madrasa situated in the outskirts of Sylhet. Faizul has four other siblings.
The youth used to live with his family in their own home in Sheikhpara area of Sylhet. He left his home after being ejected from the local mosque.
Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury, a local villager, told the Dhaka Tribune: "Faizul used to visit Kaliyarkapon village quite often and sold clothes around the neighbourhood. However, we have not seen him for the past two years. He was a student at the Dhol Madrasa at the village.
"Faizul’s maternal uncle Zahar Mia was also taken out from a mosque for arguing about Islam. Zahar currently lives in Kuwait. He followed the footsteps of his uncle and tried to establish his interpretation of Islam into the mosque, but faced stiff resistance from the local mosque-goers.”
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Following the attack on Zafar Iqbal, Faizul’s family members locked up their residence and fled the neighbourhood around 9pm on Saturday.
Before leaving their home, the family told their neighbours that they are visiting the hospital.
Law enforcers soon conducted a raid at Faizul's home but are yet to track down the family.
Faizul is currently undergoing treatment at the Sylhet CMH. Meanwhile, a statement released by the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) has confirmed that Prof Muhammed Zafar Iqbal is currently out of danger at the Dhaka CMH.