Amini calls 3 'murtad' | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, December 14, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 14, 2011

Amini calls 3 'murtad'

They accuse him of distorting their statements

Islami Ain Bastobayon Committee Ameer Fazlul Haq Amini yesterday declared two state ministers and the director general of Islamic Foundation “murtad” (apostate) for what he said “criticising Islam”.
He demanded removal of the three from their posts by December or else the committee would go for tougher movements like hartals from January.
At a press conference at the committee office in the city's Lalbagh Amini, “quoting” State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam's remark, said the minister claimed that Prophet Muhammad (SM) was a secular person. Reading out a statement, Amini said State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Shahjahan Miah had said Prophet Muhammad (SM) left half of the space of a mosque for Hindus and Jews while Director General of Islamic Foundation Shamim Md Afzal had recommended scrapping the ayats (verses) on jihad from the holy Quran.
The state ministers could not be reached yesterday for their response.
Talking to The Daily Star last night Islamic Foundation Director General Afzal said he uttered no such comments against the prophet. “Amini's allegation is nothing but baseless and a total lie. None of us made such comments,” he said.
He went on to say that Amini made the allegation to gain political leverage and to confuse Islamic scholars. “Now they are not getting undue opportunities from the foundation. That's why Amini and his followers have said such a blatant lie,” he added.
In the statement, Amini also said, "I heard that Hasina [Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina] will divide the country in two like the Dhaka City Corporation and she and her sister Sheikh Rehana will become queens of the parts."
He said, "We have got this information from newspapers and from some persons."
He claimed that he has been under house arrest for the last eight months.

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