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Bangladesh Monitoring Mosque Sermons To Fight Terrorism (AFP)

Sources (both from AFP): http://news.yahoo.com/bangladesh-checks-mosques-push-anti-militant-message-160510084.html



http://khabarsouthasia.com/en_GB/articles/apwi/articles/newsbriefs/2012/08/09/newsbrief-02




DHAKA: Bangladesh has started monitoring the weekly sermons of the country's mosques to ensure clerics follow formal guidelines on highlighting the dangers of Islamic militancy, an official said yesterday.



The government distributed guidelines to more than 200,000 mosques several months ago, Shamim Mohammed Afzal, head of the government's Islamic Foundation, said.



"We have set up an anti-militancy cell at the Islamic Foundation. Every week our officials monitor at least 10 mosques in Dhaka to see whether the clerics speak about militancy in their Friday sermons," he said.



Other government agencies were monitoring the rest of the country, he added.



The government's elite security agencies had a crackdown on militant outfits in 2006-2007, arresting more than 1,000 people. Six prominent leaders of a banned group were hanged in 2007.



Afzal said the guidelines had already had an impact with "fewer processions or meetings" by Islamist outfits in past months.



"We've convinced the clerics and Islamic teachers about the danger of militancy. They now speak against 'Maududi philosophy', which has harmed Islam in the sub-continent," he said.



Abul Ala Maududi, who died in 1979, was an Islamic revivalist leader who founded the Jamaat-e-Islami party, whose Bangladesh offshoot is the country's largest Islamic political grouping.







Why Now?



It is plainly clear why they have decided to implement these directives at this crucial time. Recently, one of the worlds most oppressed ethnic groups: The Rohingya's, a traditionally muslim people have been under increased tyranny (some argue that it is a Genocide) from the Buddhist Government of Burma.



After the news of this, rumours quickly started spreading on Facebook that 500 Mujahideen were waiting for orders to cross over the border to help their brothers. Meanwhile, the 'muslm' armies of Bangladesh and Pakistan would not dare to cross into Burma.



“Burmese security forces failed to protect the Arakan and Rohingya from each other and then unleashed a campaign of violence and mass roundups against the Rohingya,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.



Additionally, the Pakistanni Taliban also made threats against Burma. This has presented a huge 'Champion of the People' recruitment opportunity for Islamic jihad networks inside Pakistan and Bangladesh.



Meanwhile, a religious divide is present in Bangladesh between Sunni Islamic groups and the ruling Sufi 'school' of islam. Sufi'ism, due to it's misinterpretation of islam often embraces western philosophies, aid and diplomatic ties due to the threats the government power structure face from Sunni muslims; who would be more inclined to belong to a single islamic nation (or caliphate).



Currently Bangladesh suffers from poverty (to the extent that prostitution is legal because it is considered a means of livelhood) and corruption whilst the leaders ensure their opponents are dealt with via British trained death-squads(Wikileads). The failure to react to the Burmese attrocities show the weakness of the nations of Pakistan and Bangladesh and present a big recruitment opportunity for Islamic militants.



You can expect interesting news to come from Bangladesh in the coming years.


Added: Aug-19-2012 Occurred On: Aug-8-2012
By: Rayyaan
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  • Fuck em all. Dirty muslim filth should all fuck off.

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  • lol!

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  • I think the words,"Too little to late" works for this.

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  • The joys of religion.

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  • Just get rid of Islam instead. Islam itself is a cesspool of hate and bigotry, it's what it is at its very core. So destroy Islam if you want any chance at having a better country.

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    • @RustyNailer What do you mean of get rid of Islam? What are you the pope from the 7 century.. because everybody else knows you cant force sombebody into changing their beliefs or faith attempting to change their beliefs will only reinforce those believes even more.

      There is a reason they never let those prisoners go free from Guantanamo

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    • @TEXAS HOLDEM123

      : "What do you mean of get rid of Islam?"


      The same way we fought the Ideology of Communism. I don't want any bloodshed or violence, but this ideology is not a religion at all. It needs an enlightenment if it is going to survive.

      Forgive me for not being to cozy to something that calls for my death or subjugation.

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    • @RustyNailer " I don't want any bloodshed or violence, but this ideology is not a religion at all."

      First of all how exactly do you expect to rid the world of Islam without any bloodshed or violence.

      Second "this ideology is not a religion at all" That is merely your opinion based on flawed definitions.

      Both are assuredly in a certain sense “total” systems, concerned at the same time with questions of truth and questions of conduct; but the differences between ideolog More..

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    • @TEXAS HOLDEM123

      : "First of all how exactly do you expect to rid the world of Islam without any bloodshed or violence"


      That's not for me to decide, its ultimately up to Muslims. I tragically misspoke when I said to "get rid of" Islam. It needs an enlightenment in its teachings, I think we can all agree on that one.

      : "Both are assuredly in a certain sense “total” systems, concerned at the same time with questions of truth and questions of conduct; but the differences between ideology More..ies and religions are perhaps more important than the similarities. A re More..


      It is an ideology, as it comprehensively dominates the political and social dynamics of the countries it is under. How can a society grow in these chains?...it can't.

      But thats just my worthless two cents of an outsider looking in. I'm sure Muslims can say plenty about our culture as well and I would agree with some of them too. It is ultimately their choice, not ours.

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  • nice work Bangladesh. Keep it up

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  • How to solve world Terrorism:
    Give ALL muslims their 72 virgins today

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