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BANGLADESH: ISLAMIC LEADER: FOR POPE FRANCIS A FATWA AGAINST EXTREMISM SIGNED BY 100,000 IMAMS: “We will deliver a letter to Pope Francis containing a fatwa against extremism signed by 100,000 imams” announces,  Allamma Majharul Islam, Grand Khatib (great guardian) of Amber Shah Shahi Jami Mosque, in the Kawran Bazaar area in Dhaka speaking in an exclusive interview with AsiaNews.

We meet him in the mosque of which he is guardian in the evening, while the students of his madrassa (Koranic school) recite Islamic prayers (see photo). Over a cup of tea and a pastries prepared by the wife of an imam who accompanies him, he reflects on interreligious harmony, how to build peace in Bangladesh, Islamic fundamentalism. Above all, he emphasizes: “Islam does not allow any form of terrorism. As a preacher, I teach my students that Islam means peace, and to not offend anyone’s religious feelings.” Below our interview.

Grand Khatib, how will you welcome the Pope and what do you want to say to him?

We welcome Pope Francis with immense joy. He is a world leader. He comes to a small Islamic country. His visit honors us, because he is not only the head of Christians, but a leader of all the faithful. Each religion brings with it a message of peace, and the Holy Father promotes it in an appropriate manner. I will be one of the 500 Islamic religious people who will meet Pope Francis [during the interreligious and ecumenical rally for the peace on December 1st, in the archbishopric garden]. On that occasion we will hand him a letter containing a fatwa against Islamic extremism signed by 100,000 Muslim religious leaders.

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BANGLADESH: ISLAMIC LEADER: FOR POPE FRANCIS A FATWA AGAINST EXTREMISM SIGNED BY 100,000 IMAMS: “We will deliver a letter to Pope Francis containing a fatwa against extremism signed by 100,000 imams” announces,  Allamma Majharul Islam, Grand Khatib (great guardian) of Amber Shah Shahi Jami Mosque, in the Kawran Bazaar area in Dhaka speaking in an exclusive interview with AsiaNews.We meet him in the mosque of which he is guardian in the evening, while the students of his madrassa (Koranic school) recite Islamic prayers (see photo). Over a cup of tea and apastries prepared by the wife of an imam who accompanies him, he reflects on interreligious harmony, how to build peace in Bangladesh, Islamic fundamentalism. Above all, he emphasizes: “Islam does not allow any form of terrorism. As a preacher, I teach my students that Islam means peace, and to not offend anyone’s religious feelings.” Below our interview