18 April 2009
To: PS to HPM, Government of Bangladesh.
Cc: To Whom It May Concern
Re: Recruits from Madrasa in Bangladesh military :
Refuting BILIA-Heritage report
Mohtaram, Assalamu Alaykum.
Bangladesh Khelafat Andolon is pleased to endorse the attached Editorial of the Daily Amardesh of 18 April 2009 refuting the hate-campaign by BILIA and Heritage Foundation simultaneously against Bangladesh Military and Madrasa students.
The editorial has correctly pointed out that in Bangladesh till date Qaumi Madrasa graduates can not even apply for government services including the military since their certificate is not recognized by government.
Only Government recognized madrasa pupil (i.e. Alia type madrasa under the Bangladesh Madrasa Board) after graduation are eligible to apply for government services.
So the propaganda regarding Quaumi Madrasa passed recruits in the Bangladesh military till date is not true.
In Bangladesh there are many intellectuals, politicians, journalists, doctors, engineers, military officers, soldiers, civil servants, clerks who in their childhood spent 2-3 years in any Quami Madrasa where they learnt to read the Quran and the basics and practices of Islam. Afterwards they got admitted into government recognized schools or madrasa from where they finally graduated. It is a practice in many western countries also. I know Europeans including diplomats who had their childhood education and grooming in Christian monasteries.
In fact it is an universally agreed right of every community to educate their children in the basics of their religion, morality, ethics, culture, language and scriptures.
Maulana Bhashani (r.a.) said that the existing general educational institutions and curriculum are not serving our national purpose. Rather these are continuing to serve as the major breeding grounds of British mercenaries who are responsible for keeping neo-colonial domination on our nation.
We expect the government to act responsibly and independently to free the nation from the mercenaries of domination seeker Euro-American vested quarters.
Kazi Azizul Huq, International Affairs Secretary