Controversial preacher and Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh Ameer Shah Ahmad Shafi has sought affirmation from guardians not to send their girls to schools and colleges. And if the girls prefer to study, the parents were asked not to educate their girls up above fourth or fifth grade.
He came up with the call while addressing an annual religious gathering at Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Muinul Islam Madrasa of Hathazari in Chattogram yesterday. Former and current students of the madrasa and locals attended the program. Ahmad Shafi said: "You can educate them (girls) up to fourth or fifth grade so that they can calculate the money and send letters to their husbands."
He then urged the participants to take the vow saying, "If you educate them up to eight, ninth or tenth grade, to MA or BA, they would no more remain yours. Somebody else would take them away. Don't you see incidents like this on newspapers?"
In 2013, the Hefazat chief sparked controversies by comparing women with 'tamarind'. "Tamarind is mouthwatering, and women are so to men," his comment opened the floodgates of criticism. "The philosophy of the prophet is the real path to peace.
People who would follow the trail will be in peace both in this life and hereafter. They will be the beneficiaries in the hereafter," he went on with cherry-picking and self-serving verses from the Quran.
Among other, top Hefazat leaders Allama Junaid Babunagari, Sheikh Ahmad, Maulana Abdul Baset Khan Siraji, Mufti Jasim Uddin, Maulana Ajijul Haque Al Madani, Maulana Khaled Saifullah Aiyubi, AFM Khalid Hossain, Maulana Forkan Ahmad and Maulana Nurul Islam were present.
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