Dr. Humayun Azad once said that ‘Bangalee + Muslim’ is a disease. This is an incurable infection. There is no antibiotic to cure it. Religion here is used to personal and political convenience. God is traded here all and sundry. People can be easily blackmailed here in Bangladesh emotionally. If anyone mixes the flavor of religion to a product the product will be selling like hot cakes. Once I read in a marketing book that nothing sells better than sex. That means if anyone mixes sex with any commodity this will have a boom sell. The thing is if you use religion in Bangladesh people will be prejudiced to obey you. And this trade is being operated here without making any sense or adding any value.
Mufti Amini is an entrepreneur of Islamic trading corporation in Bangladesh. He has become a buzz word now a days. Like all other political parties who trade Islam his motto is to say Bismillah before any wrong doing. If you say Bismillah before any misdeeds your action will be purified according neo Islamic Democratic Politian. Even if you rape any girl just say Bismillah before it and this will not be counted as rape rather it would be Islamic love making. However my main story is about the national women policy and the Islamic parties incongruent to it. After the approval of the national women policy on March 7 Mufti Amini called upon a hartal disagreeing with it. His main argument was that this policy is conflicting with Quran. Under Islamic law, women are entitled to only a quarter of what men inherit. If adopted, the new policy would give every offspring the same share of a father’s inheritance. For the adversaries of the new policy, this is a complete violation of the Qur‘an and unfair towards men. But Mufti Amini could not reveal any section of the policy which is conflicting with Quran.
Mufti Amini played a worm up picketing match on the first April before the hartal he has called on fourth of instant. In Chittagong he deployed the students of Madrashah for besiege the city. His followers had a severe clash with the law and order enforcing agency. Mufti Amini never scanned the policy. Among 49 sections of the policy there was not a single word which goes against the Islamic law. The main opposition party BNP has played a fishy role in this hartal. They did not support the hartal publicly but they said any clashing law against Islam should be negated.
If we closely look into the economic scenario of our country we will see that women are playing an enormous role in keeping the wheel of development active. In many families women are the principle wage earners. But when the question of inheritance comes up the discrimination starts. Mufti Amini is afraid of the distribution of wealth among men and women. He clearly knows that women will be more empowered if they get capital and assets. Empowered women will be able to contribute in decision making. Then these types of Islam traders will be powerless.
High time has come to prevent the Islam traders. A nation cannot go further keeping her female citizen economically paralyzed. People like Mufti Amini and his collaborators should be publicly interdicted otherwise they will misguide the illiterate people of the country blowing an Islamic smoke in the society.