A government delegation will go to Darul Uloom Deoband in India on January 15 for settling the ongoing row between two factions of Bangladesh Tabligh Jamaat over Maulana Muhammad Saad Al Kandhalvi’s leadership.
The eight-member delegation, led by state minister for religious affairs Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah, will talk to top clerics of the famous seat of traditional Islamic learning in Uttar Pradesh on Maulana Saad.
The move was taken to hold Bishwa Ijtema in Dhaka peacefully, religious affairs ministry’s information officer Mohammad Anwar Hossain told New Age on Saturday.
Government policy makers have told New Age that on their return from India, the Tabligh leadership in Bangladesh would decide whether they would work jointly or remain in factions as they were now.
‘Not only Ijtema, we are also trying to make them united again. We are with neither of the Tabligh factions…We do not want to interfere into their affairs,’ said home minister Asadduzzaman Khan.
To this end, Tabligh leaders have told New Age, the delegation will comprise two factions of Tabligh, government officials and two ‘independent Islamic clerics’ including Farid Uddin Masud.
Although a faction supporting Maulana Saad wanted to visit Tabligh headquarters in Nizamuddin Markaz Masjid in South Delhi during the visit, the Bangladesh religious ministry officials confirmed Saturday evening that they had no schedule to visit Nizamuddin.
The decision of visiting Darul Uloom Deoband came in separate meetings among the factions of Tabligh, home minister, top officials of law enforcement agencies and religious affair ministry at the secretariat on January 6.
‘Until they return from India, all preparations over holding Bishwa Ijtema will remain suspended. We will finalise the date of the event as well as decide whether the factions will organise the Ijtema jointly or separately,’ said a senior government official.
In December 2016, Darul Uloom Deoband issued a fatwa over some comments of Maulana Saad. Maulana Saad is reported to have admitted to the ‘mistake’ while he was confined to Kakrail Mosque in Dhaka in 2018.
Saad’s supporter, a Tabgligh shura member, Syed Wasiful Islam said they were now hoping positive outcome from the visit.
On December 1, a man was killed and hundreds were injured in a series of clashes between the two factions allegedly over establishing dominance at Bishwa Ijtema grounds, on the banks of the River Turag on the city’s outskirts.
The anti-Saad platform claimed that over 900 of their followers were injured in the hours-long attack, and blamed Tabligh leaders Syed Wasiful Islam and Sahabuddin Nasim, among others, for carrying out the attack and demanded their arrest.
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