Published:  12:00 AM, 19 March 2017

No place of extremism in Islam: Gowher Rizvi

Prime Minister's Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi attended a seminar on 'Achieves in Bangladesh-Present and Future' as the chief guest at Begum Sufia Kamal auditorium in Dhaka yesterday. Photo: AA

Prime Minister's Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi said there is no place of extremism in Islam as it is the religion of peace. While addressing a publication ceremony yesterday, he, however, said: "Today Islam is blamed for some extremists globally."

Allama Rumi Society Dhaka organized the event unveiling the publication of the first and second volumes of the compiled literary works of Banglar Rumi Syed Ahmadul Huq at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the city.

Dr Rizvi said Islam was spread in this region by Pir-Aulia (saints) who were the followers of Sufism. "There was no force to spread Islam...everything happened spontaneously... there was no violence." Citing Friday's attack in the capital, he said some people are spreading violence in the name of religion.

"Rumi's ideology is badly needed today for these de-motivated people. And only then peace will prevail in society." Pro -Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University Prof Dr Aktaruzzaman presided over the event. Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Prof Abdul Mannan, former caretaker government adviser Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman and Iranian Ambassador in Dhaka Dr Abbas Vaezi Dehnavi were also present. Vice-Chancellors of different public and private universities, professors, poets, intellectuals, journalists and researchers also attended the program.

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