Bangladesh removes Islamic author`s books from libraries
The Bangladesh government has ordered tens of thousands of mosques and libraries to remove books written by the controversial founder of an Islamic party, an official said on Saturday.
Dhaka: The Bangladesh government has
ordered tens of thousands of mosques and libraries to remove
books written by the controversial founder of an Islamic
party, an official said on Saturday.
The state-run Islamic Foundation took the decision
after Syed Abul Ala Maududi`s books were deemed "anti-Islamic"
and likely to foster militancy in the Indian subcontinent, its
head Shamim Mohammad Afjal said to a news agency.
Maududi is the founder of Jamaat-e-Islami party,
which has a large number of followers in South Asia -- home to
around 450 million Muslims.
The Jamaat is the largest Islamic party in
Bangladesh, with two elected lawmakers in the parliament.
"We have taken the decision to withdraw books
written by Maududi from all of the state-funded 24,000
libraries attached to mosques," Afjal said.
Muslim-majority Bangladesh has 2,70,000 mosques but
only a fraction are directly funded by the government,
according to the Foundation.
"Maududi`s books have given bad name to Islam as
they encourage terrorism and militancy. His philosophy is
against the basic teachings of Quran and the traditions and
saying of Prophet Mohammed," he said.
Although the Bangladeshi and Pakistani branches of
Jamaat-e-Islami party are fully independent, their supporters
avidly follow Maududi`s books and his political and radical
interpretations of Quran.
Born in India, Maududi headed the Jamaat in
Pakistan for decades. He died in 1979.