The 13 demands

Print edition : May 17, 2013

The 13 demands raised by the Hefazat-e-Islam are the following:

  • Reinstate the phrase “Absolute trust and faith in the Almighty Allah” in the Constitution as one of the fundamental principles of state policy.
  • Pass a law providing for capital punishment for maligning Allah, Islam and the Prophet Muhammad and for starting smear campaigns against Muslims.
  • Stop all propaganda and “derogatory comments” about the Prophet Muhammad by “atheist leaders” of the Shahbagh movement, atheist bloggers and other anti-Islamists; arrest them and ensure stern punishment to them.
  • Stop attacking, shooting, killing and persecuting the Prophet-loving Islamic scholars, madrassa students and people united by belief in Allah.
  • Release all the arrested Islamic scholars and madrassa students.
  • Lift restrictions on mosques and remove obstacles for the holding of religious programmes.
  • Declare Qadianis (Ahmadiyyas) non-Muslim and stop their publicity and conspiracies.
  • Stop foreign cultural intrusions, including free-mixing of men and women and candle-light vigils, and put an end to adultery, injustice and shamelessness, among other things, committed in the name of freedom of expression and the individual.
  • Stop turning Dhaka, the city of mosques, into a city of idols, and stop installing sculptures at road intersections, colleges and universities.
  • Scrap anti-Islam women policy and education policy and make Islamic education mandatory from primary to higher secondary levels.
  • Stop threatening and intimidating teachers and students of the Qawmi madrassas, Islamic scholars, imams and khatibs.
  • Stop creating hatred among the younger generation against Muslims by misrepresentation of Islamic culture in the media.
  • Stop anti-Islam activities by non-governmental organisations, evil attempts by Qadianis and conversion by Christian missionaries in Chittagong Hill Tracts and elsewhere in the country.

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