Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has called upon the Imams of mosques to become vocal against those 'distorting the teachings of Islam and trying to bring a reign of terror and turmoil in the country by using the name of the holy religion.'
The Prime Minister made the appeal while speaking at the National Imam Conference-2005 at Osmani Memorial Hall in the city Sunday, reports BSS.
"Those who are presenting the distorted picture of Islam are the enemies of Islam as well as the country and the nation. You have to raise voice against them. You have to explain the true teachings of Islam to the people," the Prime Minister requested the attending Imams.
The Prime Minister said vested quarters have taken a stand against the country's development and social tranquillity.
They are engaged in a conspiracy to make Bangladesh friendless in the international arena, the Prime Minister said. She urged the Imams to play their due role as the conspirators cannot misguide the devout citizens by misinterpreting Islam.
Recalling the Saints, Dervishes, Sages and Sufis who preached Islam in this part of the world by following the path of peace, the Prime Minister said the people of this region embraced Islam being inspired by its message of liberality, beauty, magnanimity, tranquillity, equality and amity.
"Today, some derailed people have taken a stand against those noble teachings of Islam. They want to prove through their misdeeds that Islam implies terrorism, bombings and killings. They seek to equate Islam with barbarism," the Prime Minister added.
What kind of Islam do the terrorists want to establish through bombings, terrorism and killings in a country where 90 per cent people are Muslims, Khaleda Zia said posing a question.