The spokesperson of Hefazat-e-Islam amir Shah Ahmed Shafi and executive editor of monthly Muinul Islam, Munir Ahmed, was relieved of his duties on Monday evening following rift with Shafi’s son Anas Madani.
Munir was also asked verbally to handover all the documents to the authorities of Shah Ahmed Shafi-led Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Uloom Muinul Islam Hathazari madrassah in Chittagong.
Hefazat secretary general Junaid Babunagari, also a teacher at the madrassah, described the development as ‘an internal issue’.
According to the madrassah officials, a rift had developed between Munir and Anas over exerting their influences on the Islamist platform.
The rift was said to have resolved on July 15 when the madrassha’s shura members met.
But, tensions resurfaced when a section of teachers of the madrassah criticised Anas for hiring 70 microbuses to welcome his father upon his return from India on August 5 following his treatment and series of meetings in the neighbouring country.
Anas, who instituted Allama Shafi Foundation recently, could not be reached after several attempts over phone.
When asked about his rift with Anas, Munir said that he had been working with the madrassah for over 23 years and was appointed as executive editor of monthly Muinul Islam in 2000. ‘I had never imagined I would be relieved of my duties this way, only for maulana Anas Madani personally feeling threatened,’ Munir said.
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