The minister enquired about his health and sought blessings from him for the Bishwa Ijtema
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has paid a courtesy call on the Islamic hardliner Hefazat-e-Islam chief Shah Ahmed Shafi.
The meeting was held at Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Moinul Islam, also known as Hathazari Madrasa, in Hathazari of Chittagong on Friday after Jumma prayers.
During the meeting, the home minister enquired about his health and sought blessings from him for the successful hosting of the Bishwa Ijtema.
Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj, will be holding its first phase from February 15 to 17.
After emerging from the meeting, the home minister told reporters that he had come to seek blessings from the senior Islamic scholar so that the grand congregation of the Bishwa Ijtema could be hosted properly.
“[Shafi] is very senior figure among the country's Islamic scholars. All respect and obey him. [Shafi] also offered a special prayer and requested us to make full-fledged preparations for hosting the Bishwa Ijtema without any delay or hindrance,” said Kamal.
Awami League lawmaker from Chittagong 15 (Satkani) constituency Abu Reza Md Nezamuddin Nadvi, Chittagong Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Elius Hossain, Deputy Inspector General Rokon Uddin, Chittagong Additional SP Mosiuddowla Reza, Hathazari UNO Ruhul Amin, and Hefazat leaders Moinuddin Ruhi and Anas Madani were among the group that accompanied the home minister during the meeting.
The home minister came to Chittagong to attend an annual program of Obaidia Madrasa in Fatikchhari upazila.
On his way back, the minister went to Hathazari Madrasa and met Shafi.
The nonagenarian spiritual leader – also called Boro Huzur (the eldest scholar) by his followers – Shafi is the rector of Hathazari Madrasa and the chairman of Befaqul Madarisil Arabia Bangladesh, the largest Qawmi Madrasa board in the country.