Allama Delawar Hussain Saydi (alternative spellings Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, Delowar Hossein Saeedi) is one of the most prominent Islamic Scholars' in Bangladesh. A very prominent Islamic personality and politician, a former Member of Parliament and one of the most prominent leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh.
Allama Saydi has selflessly devoted himself to the work of Islam and remained actively involved in Tafseer of the Qur'an. He has travelled widely teaching and lecturing in various countries in the Middle East, Europe, North America and Asia. Many of his inspirational lectures are recorded and are widely available. His extensive knowledge, command of Arabic, Urdu, Bangla and English language together with his natural ability and eloquence in conveying the teaching of Islam have convinced thousands of Hindu and Buddhist into the fold of Islam and moved the hearts of millions around the world and continue to do so.
Struggle & Persecution
The influence of Allama Saydi is not confined to those associated with the Jamaat-e-Islami. His influence transcends the boundaries of parties and organisations.
His main contribution, however, has been in the fields of the Qur’anic exegesis (Tafseer), ethics, social studies and the problems facing the movement of Islamic revival. His efforts on establishing a truly Islamic state and society in the country, consistent with this objective, he lectured profusely to explain the different aspects of the Islamic way of life, especially the socio-political aspects. This concern for the implementation of the Islamic way of life led Allama Saydi to criticise and oppose the policies pursued by the successive governments of Bangladesh and to blame those in power for failing to transform Bangladesh into a truly Islamic state. The rulers reacted with severe reprisal measures.
On 29th June 2010, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Dhaka (‘CMM’) issued warrants of arrest against three top Jamaat leaders; amongst them was Allama Delawar Hussain Saydi, in connection with a vexatious case. The allegation against them was that they had hurt the religious sentiment of the people (a secular government indicted religious leaders for hurting religious sentiments?).
Following his arrests, so far he was taken to police remand for a period of 28 days, The remand is almost like torture chambers, where people are kept in sub-human conditions and the police interrogate them unnecessarily even in the small hours of the morning. Some of the arrested leaders were physically abused.
Although Bangladesh is poor, it has unexploited natural and mineral resources. Islam has a bright future in this small but populous Muslim country, which is situated in the far end of South Asia and geographically separated from the rest of the Muslim world. The Muslims in this delta are passing through a difficult time. Some foreign governments and agencies have joined hands with the present government in Dhaka to marginalise Islam and the Islamic Movement. Muslims all over the world have a duty to come to the aid of their fellow brothers and sisters in Bangladesh.
"All of our tears fall to a thirsty earth that has seen centuries of oppression of man by the hand of man. We turn to the One true God and pray that He makes their evil intentions 'like dust in the wind'."
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