The Bangladeshi Muslims protest anti-Islam remarks by BJP leaders
Thousands of Muslims from several districts of Bangladesh held demonstrations on Friday, protesting the recent derogatory remarks on the Prophet (PBUH) by two former BJP spokespersons.
Muslims in Dhaka held their protests before Baitul Mukarram mosque and Rahim Metal Jame Masjid after Jumma prayers.
During the protest in the capital’s Tejgaon, Maulana Mahmudul Hasan Mamtaji said: We are ready to give our lives to protect the dignity of the Prophet PBUH. BJP is repeatedly soaring the hearts of millions of Muslims by bringing up Babri Masjid incidents, hijab incidents, and sometimes azan.
He added that they will respond by boycotting Indian products.
Meanwhile, Khilafat Majlis General Secretary Dr. Ahmad Abdul Kader said the BJP leaders have insulted 200 million Muslims worldwide by disrespecting the Prophet PBUH.
India should apologize to every Muslim for this incident, ensuring the civil rights and freedom of Indian Muslims, he added.
In Savar, thousands of Muslims gathered and blocked Dhaka-Aricha Highway in protest of the derogatory remarks on the Prophet PBUH after Jumma prayers.
Hundreds of them were also seen blocking the bypass area of the Nabinagar-Chandra Highway.
At that time, the agitated Muslims demanded the execution of Nupur Sharma who had insulted the Prophet (PBUH), and a boycott of Indian goods.
In Barisal, the Islamic political party Islami Andolan Bangladesh held a protest rally and burnt effigies of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and BJP national spokesperson Nupur Sharma.
In Faridpur, the district level Islami Andolon Bangladesh held a protest rally in front of the Press Club in the city.
Several leaders of the group demanded the execution of Nupur Sharma and former Delhi media cell head Naveen Kumar Jindal for making derogatory remarks about the Prophet (PBUH).
In addition, they demanded that India apologize to the world for the incident.
Meanwhile, Muslims in India’s New Delhi and the neighboring northern state of Uttar Pradesh took to the streets demanding the immediate arrest of the two leaders erstwhile BJP national spokesperson Nupur Sharma and former Delhi media cell head Naveen Kumar Jindal.
The protests erupted in the wake of the insulting remarks on the Prophet (PBUH), which triggered a major diplomatic row between India and many Muslim-majority countries the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, and Qatar to name a few.
India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on June 5 that it had suspended its spokeswoman Nupur Sharma in response to comments she made during a TV debate about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Sharma said on Twitter she had said some things in response to comments made about a Hindu god but she had no intention to hurt anyone’s religious feelings.
If my words have caused discomfort or hurt religious feelings of anyone whatsoever, I hereby unconditionally withdraw my statement, she said.
Another BJP spokesman Naveen Jindal had been expelled from the party over comments he had made about Islam on social media, the BJP office said.
Jindal said on Twitter he had questioned some comments made against Hindu gods. I only questioned them but that does not mean I am against any religion.
The BJP statement also said: The Bharatiya Janata Party is also strongly against any ideology which insults or demeans any sect or religion. The BJP does not promote such people or philosophy.
Sharma’s comments prompted complaints from several Muslim countries, including Qatar and Kuwait.