Islamic Foundation Director General Shamim Mohammad Afzal told the Dhaka Tribune that they are expecting imams of Masjid al-Haram and Al-Masjid an-Nabawi to attend the founding anniversary of IFB on March 22 in Dhaka, and address people on eradicating militancy.
Two political parties, however, had failed to successfully invite Dr Sheikh Abdul Rahman Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Sudais, imam of Masjid al-Haram, in July last year.
“Both Dr Sheikh and Ali Bin Abdur Rahman al Huthaify, chief imam of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, are highly respected among Muslims all over the world. We hope that they will accept our invitations and come to Bangladesh to spread awareness among people against militancy,” said Shamim.
Islamic Foundation is planning to arrange a rally on its 42nd founding anniversary at Suhrawardy Udyan, where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is also expected to attend.
Foundation personnel met the prime minister on February 28 to discuss the event.
Following the meeting, a four-member representative team from Bangladesh met authorities of the Royal Embassy of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Dhaka on March 2 to take the preparations forward.
According to the team, the Saudi king would have to allow the invitation as the imam of Grand Mosque is a state post.
Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, secretary of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, said: “The time has not come to confirm their visit yet, but we are trying our best.”
Islamic Foundation has been running anti-militancy campaigns by instructing imams and muezzins in Bangladesh to deliver sermons about the devastating impacts of extremism.
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Abdul Rahman Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Sudais[/caption]
Abdul Rahman Ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Sudais
Imam of Masjid al-Haram
President of General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques.
Awarded “Islamic Personality of the Year” in 2005 by Dubai International Holy Quran Awards. Preaches Islam’s opposition to terrorism and advocates peaceful inter-faith dialogue. Completed his PhD in Islamic Sharia from Umm al-Qura University.
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Ali Bin Abdur Rahman al Huthaify[/caption]
Ali Bin Abdur Rahman al Huthaify
Chief Imam of Al-Masjid an-Nawabi
Former lecturer of Islamic Jurisprudence and Tawheed at Islamic University of Saudi Arabia.
He completed his PhD in Islamic law from Al-Azhar University.
al Huthaify has also studied forensic sciences.
He was the imam of the Quba Mosque. al Huthaify has been the imam of the Prophet’s Mosque since 1979.