Analysis, South Asia

People in Bangladesh are being Burnt Alive by the ‘Development’ of Sheikh Hasina

Bangladesh topped the list of deaths in major “structure fire” incidents in the world in the last one decade since 2010, according to Wikipedia. A structure fire is a blaze involving the structural components of different types of residential, commercial or industrial buildings. The death toll from five big structure fire incidents rose to 368 in Bangladesh in the last one decade. (The Financial Express, March 30, 2019).


Bangladesh again topped – got the first place the list of deaths in major “structure fire” incidents in the world. What a pathetic achievement under the secular democratic reign! Another medal for the daughter of Sheik Mujibur Rahman – her burning developments remind us the ‘decade of development (1958-68) by Ayub Khan, Hasina’s predecessor. Can anyone disagree that before the birth of Bangladesh, when the term ‘development’ was used, it was only meant for the elite families while most of the people were starving. What is the difference now? From 1971, all types of rulers proved that they are the ‘birds of the same feather’. Ummah’s property, dignity, integrity, even the physical human body are being destroyed and burnt into ashes. That time, Ayub Khan failed to convince the people with his rhetoric of ‘development’ and eventually dethroned in the following year (1969). The current democratic regime is basically an electoral version of the then ‘Janta’ (military) rulers. They are as intoxicated in their power as their predecessors that the cries and shouts of the Ummah are not reaching to their ears.

The development by these agent rulers is merely cosmetic. They give slogans of reaching the sky but cannot reach in time to the 22nd floor of FR tower at Banani. In the last 10 years the regime became an expert of how to torch and kill people but did not bother to learn the effective techniques of extinguishing fire when people need that. The high ranked ‘inquiry shell’ is only set for designing the escape route for the criminals. The officials and rescuers are instructed and pursued more for eliminating different kind of evidences than saving people and property. Indeed, we need the righteous leadership of the Khilafah Rashidah (rightly guided Caliphate) which can lead us from the darkness created by this man-made democratic system to the light of Islam. If the State and administration are run according to the free will of human not Allah, then not only buildings and factories but also the whole country will find itself in fire. We need the just leader who will rule by Islam exclusively and follow the Prophet’s ﷺ orders on ruling and politics as prescribed in the Hukm Shariah. «يَوْمٌ مِنْ إِمَامٍ عَادِلٍ أَفْضَلُ مِنْ عِبَادَةِ سِتِّينَ سَنَةً، وَحَدٌّ يُقَامُ فِي الأَرْضِ أَزْكَى فِيهَا مِنْ قَطْرِ أَرْبَعِينَ يَوْمًا» “A day under a just leader is better than sixty years of worship, while the hadd (proscribed punishment) established on the earth according to its right is better than forty days of rain” (Bayhaqi/ Tabarani).


Kazi Abdullah

Member of the Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir in Wilayah Bangladesh