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Bangladesh leader’s execution is a political murder

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NEW YORK, NY (December 12, 2013) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) strongly condemns the execution today of Abdul Quader Mollah, the Assistant Secretary General of Bangladesh’s Jamat-e-Islami party by Shaikh Hasina’s government.

ICNA President Naeem Baig said “this is a political murder and a dark day for justice”. Death sentences of political prisoners being handed down through unjust judicial process may plunge Bangladesh into violence, political tyranny, and social anarchy.

World leaders, including US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had personally appealed to the Bangladesh Prime Minister to halt the execution. United Nations, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and several international bodies have condemned the way these courts were established and trials conducted.

The judgment is a result of a trial where the defense teams faced severe obstructions including abduction of their witnesses, disallowing defense evidence or witnesses, and circumventing legal procedures like changing of the law to allow the prosecution to pursue the death penalty after a verdict of life sentence had been reached. These courts are not recognized by any international human rights or legal body as being fair and adhering to international standards.

Allah (swt) reminds us in the Quran (2:154) “And do not say about those who are killed in the way of Allah, “They are dead.” Rather, they are alive, but you perceive [it] not.”

The night before his execution, Mollah had said, as conveyed by his family, “I am absolutely innocent. I am being murdered as I am involved with the Islamic movement.” He further added “My every single (drop of) blood will mobilize the Islamic movement and will bring the doom of the autocrats. I am not worried for myself. I am worried about the fate of this nation and the Islamic movement.”

Take Action:
Ask the President and the Secretary of State to demand the Bangladeshi government to immediately halt these trials and executions.
The Whitehouse: (202) 456-1111
The State Department: (202) 647-4000

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  • May ALLAH accept the sacrifices of Islamic organization and bless Islami with its glory all over the world ameen

  • Safi Islam Rafa Nizam Salman Mahmood Rizwan Mahmood Tahmid Islam

  • Saadman Ahmed Elman

  • He was a prominant Educator, Journalist Leader and opposition party head. After his execution his sons and son in laws have been arrested by law enforcement barring them from saying the janazah prayer of their beloved father.

  • May his sacrifice bring peace and love to Bangladesh

  • should be funeral prayer in usa and canada

  • Inna lillahi wa inna ilahi raje’oun. dreadful

  • They can’t stop us

  • peace and paradis for u

  • Ramin Haque

    It was a sad day for justice!

  • Nilofer K Syed

    Inna lillahi wa inna elaihi rajeoon

  • Mahmoud Yamak

    Thank you for releasing this statement.

  • o Allah give him Jannah and forgive his shortcomings

  • Zaid Alemam

    This is the result of secularism.

  • Abdul Mohin Sajib

    No. Its not……….I am a bangladeshi and I know that its not totally a political murder……..This guys was a war criminal…

  • Sadia Rumman

    May Allah grant him Jannath and his family strength :(

  • Mashuk Kabir

    Inna lillahe wa inna ilaihe rajeuun.

  • Khurram Malick

    What war crime did he committed? Death penalty for an old man shame…

  • Inna nillhe wa inna ilahe razion

  • Omar Shehab

    Since when lying has become a regular practice of ICNA?

  • A Bangladeshi Citizen

    You have number of mis-information in the above article. Please at least correct the absolutely obvious ones. UN Secretary General Banki Moon did not make any request regarding the war-crimes trial in Bangladesh. His call was entirely about the upcoming election in Bangladesh.

  • Syed Alam

    Wow thought ICNA was an independent and non extremist organization but Alas they are writing about someone who is proven as a war criminal who killed more than 300 innocent people and assisted on raping or taped several girls. Since when Allah asked to rape on war against Islam. And Bangladesh’s war for independence was war against Islam? Wow speechless!

  • Talha Syed

    Wow I thought ICNA was non biased Islamic Institution. But now I am mistaken. This guy was punished because he lease Pakistani Armies to 300 innocent civilian who was later killed and assisted on Rape or he personally raped many young women. I wonder when war against Pakistan for the Haq of East Pakistan/now Bangladesh was fought for Islam. It was a Muslim country against another Muslim land who became a country. So, ICNA promotes a rapist and murdered who is proven in the court of law as someone who does as Shahid? Wow speechless!

  • Yoo..talha …don’t be sooo ignorant. … do a bit of research on him…he was a student of dhaka university during 1972-74 when dhaka university was heart of mukthizudda..he elected twice from sahtro union at dhaka university….he was a principle at riffles schools…later on he established his own private uni…before 2010 he doesn’t even have a single accusation nor a single GD at any where in Banladesh….awami league disgustingly protraiting him with other kadee mollah who has been died after 1971….don’t you see gov is politically excuted his murder? You have grown up since I saw you last time. ..have a bit of common sense and search for the truth…!!!

  • Talha Syed

    I do see it is politically executed murder but I did research myself a bit, but based on the live interaction with people who has no political agenda. They described the acts of Kader Mulla or Ali Mujahid. After then, I had to rethink. He was never a student in 1971-75. He was not in DU at all. He came back in 1971. Here is something you may want to read like you shared: Yes, I agree it is a political killing, but he was no Islamic leader that an organization like ICNA would declare so.

  • Bro don’t you see this media is owned by the awami league. …don’t be soo fool….im not going to the debate whether he was a islamic leader or not…none of my business… all im saying they have executed a guy with someone else identity…. Didn’t you read Awami league MP golam maula roni who wrote on his face book status the same thing !!… now if you want to wipe off someone’s 40 years life based on bangladeshi media than Hatts off to you! !!

  • Talha Syed

    Sadi bhai my problem is ICNA referring Bangladesh Liberation War as an Islamic war that it wasn’t. Secondly if whether he is innocent or not is debatable like you and I are debating and I looked at both sides and came to conclusion it is unclear, but he is not Islamic leader. My problem is ICNA where I donate money thinking they are non-Wahabis and reflecting the true value of Islam posting such concluding Pakistani Army and their supporters murder and rapes are justifies by bringing an Ayath. I am very upset that one of my respected brother who I think very knowledgeable going along the line.

  • Talha Syed

    Allah (swt) reminds us in the Quran (2:154) “And do not say about those who are killed in the way of Allah, “They are dead.” Rather, they are alive, but you perceive [it] not.” – Since when Mohammed (SM) permitted MASS RAPE and MASS MURDER of Civilians in the war of Allah?

  • Some of you guys will overlook anything a guy does, so long as he takes Allah’s name in doing it. You guys are deliberately blind, and unjust. You choose to condone parties to rale and mass murder. You are thus the enemies of Islam, and go against what Islam has taught. Islamic you are not.

  • I said you are right on your perspective as I don’t this organisation….so I will leave it to you. … but what fears me this mess divided the whole country. …can you answer me one question? ..Now the war criminals (politically persuaded one) are being excuted…when we gonna execute all the post war criminals who have killed millions and raped over last 40 years? ….