• Wednesday, Jul 28, 2021
  • Last Update : 03:34 pm

Spreading the light

  • Published at 01:37 am May 16th, 2018
Spreading the light

We have seen what can happen when the teachings of Islam are twisted by militants and extremists to try to justify hated and violence

With the holy month of Ramadan around the corner, now is the perfect time to meditate on the true meaning of Islam, a religion of peace, as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said when laying the foundation stone for the project to build 560 model mosques across the country, in a bold and far-reaching initiative to ensure that the true meaning of Islam is heard all around the country.

It is an unfortunate fact that all too often the true teachings of Islam get twisted by those seeking to advance their own retrogressive agendas. 

Even worse, we have seen what can happen when the teachings of Islam are twisted by militants and extremists to try to justify hated and violence.

The need of the hour is to dispel these misconceptions, and stand up against extremists who would try to hijack the true Islamic message of peace.

That is why the government’s initiative to build model mosques across the country to teach Islam accurately and correctly is an important and commendable undertaking.

It is worth noting that even though it was Saudi Arabia who had initially pledged to fund the project, the Bangladesh government is now going ahead on its own without any need for the Saudi money.

This is good. With money, as we know, comes influence. This way the government will be able to ensure that the mosques that are built will not turn into platforms for extreme and retrograde interpretations of Islam, which have gained far too much currency in recent years due in large part to the unchecked flow of funding from outside Bangladesh.

These model mosques, since they will operate under government supervision, have an opportunity to bring about a spiritual revival, and stand against the narrow-minded, intolerant, and non-inclusive preaching of messages that are sometimes heard from misguided clerics.

We are a Muslim-majority country, and there is no doubt that the opinions of religious authorities matter a great deal. 

The model mosques can therefore be a serious force for good in society. 

Let us hope that they live up to their promise.

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail