12/11/2017, 09.35
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Bangladeshi Muslims rage over Jerusalem capital

by Sumon Corraya

Imams opposed to Trump's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. A protest on the streets of Dhaka. Muslim leaders: "Trump destroys world peace".

Dhaka (AsiaNews) - The Muslims of Bangladesh are united with the anger expressed by Palestinians. During the Jumu'ah [Friday prayer, ed], several imams criticised US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing the latter as the capital of Israel in place of Tel Aviv. One of the chief preachers of Baitul Mukarram, the national mosque, said: "All Muslims must protest against the recognition of Jerusalem as capital. We strongly oppose. The Muslims of Palestine, Syria and Myanmar are persecuted because of religion. We are at their side ".

The mosque of Baitul Mukarram is the largest in the country. Here around 40 thousand faithful gather in prayer. At the end of the sermon, the Muslims present staged a protest in the streets of the capital. The event was organized by Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh, an Islamic group made up of teachers and students of madrassas [Koranic schools, ed.]. Ahmad Shafi and Allama Junaid Babunagari, respectively president and general secretary of the organization, say: "The announcement of Donald Trump is wrong. He has laid the foundations for the war against the Islamic world. Muslim leaders and faithful must remain united against his decision ".

According to the two exponents, "Jerusalem is not only a holy land for Palestinian Muslims, but it is the holy land for the whole Islamic world. It is more than a holy land by blood. The land does not just belong to Jews ". Islamic leaders define the US president as "crazy." His controversial speeches are destroying world peace ".

Even Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expresses a clear position. Speaking at a press conference following a state visit to Cambodia, she stated that "Trump's statement on Jerusalem is not acceptable. We want the Muslim countries and the Ummah [community of Islamic faithful, ed] to be united, so that the Palestinians can enjoy their rights".

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