Bangladesh considers to abandon Islam as state religion

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In the wake of extremist attacks in the country, Bangladesh is considering to abandon Islam as its official religion, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments that challenge Islam's status as an official religion. The debate comes after the deadly attacks by Islamist extremists on people belonging to other religions.

Religious leaders of minority communities are leading the battle in court against Islam. Moreover, US had warned that Islamic State group continues to recruit its fighters from Bangladesh.

Majority of Bangladeshis are Muslims and constitute nearly 90% of the country's population, while Hindus account for 8% and rest includes Buddhists and Christians, Deccan Chronicle said.

Bangladesh was declared as a separate country after its split with Pakistan in the year 1971. In 1988, the country declared Islam as a state religion.

  Comments - 18

  • sinhabahu Friday, 04 March 2016 02:27 AM

    This is a good example for the whole world.what is this big hue and cry for a single religion?

    Peter Friday, 04 March 2016 04:10 AM

    This will be a good example. Radical islam is a problem to the whole world

    IVJ Friday, 04 March 2016 04:25 AM

    People of Sri Lanka, take this as a lesson for us too. We get bogged down with this type of principles (i.e. state religion) and create unnecessary hatred among our people.Way to go Bangladesh.

    Hamlet Friday, 04 March 2016 05:53 AM

    Sri Lanka should follow suit and Abandon Buddhism as the State Religion! As it is, What a lot of Crimes are being committed in the Name of Buddhism?

    Cobra Friday, 04 March 2016 06:38 AM

    Brave step indeed!

    malgobba Friday, 04 March 2016 07:08 AM

    Extremists cannot be Muslims as Islam is against any form of extremism. God Almighty tells in the Quraan the if you kill a person at random as if you have killed the whole humanity. IsIs, al qaeda are all not Muslims no way.

    Robert Friday, 04 March 2016 08:54 AM

    Wow! Hope they succeed. We Sri Lankans should cover our heads in shame.

    Ashad Dole Saturday, 05 March 2016 06:59 AM

    A very BOLD step in the right direction. Will the Supreme Court of Bangladesh relent and show the Whole World the way forward into the next Millennium.

    suresh Saturday, 05 March 2016 07:39 AM

    show me one country in the world that is progressive and prosperous and peaceful adopting a particular religion as State religion

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 04 March 2016 09:44 AM

    Bangladesh should have excluded religion from politics in 1971 similar to the decision India made. All countries that played with religion in politics will always remain in turmoil, similar to Sri Lanka. Such countries who want to continue using religion as part of their constitution need to be authoritarian instead of democratic, so that they can arrest, shoot, carry out extra judicial killings similar to many middle eastern nations.

    Das Saturday, 05 March 2016 08:31 AM

    @hany. Why are the majority of terrorists islamic then?

    rohani Saturday, 05 March 2016 09:34 AM


    Labby Saturday, 05 March 2016 10:40 AM

    This is a good eye opener to Maldives

    gOB Friday, 04 March 2016 12:10 PM

    please cover youself

    kumar Friday, 04 March 2016 12:11 PM

    Good job!

    Aruna Friday, 04 March 2016 12:12 PM

    If you are peace minded then please accept what is in place. Changing the world for everyone wish could not be happened.

    Hany Friday, 04 March 2016 12:28 PM

    People are radical nothing to do with Islam

    Ray Sunday, 06 March 2016 09:52 PM

    Just like China, USSR, Khmer Rouge and North Korea.

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