Memorial Book for Ghulam Azam

Many people came to pay their respects following the death of Professor Ghulam Azam. The family have been overwhelmed by messages from all over the world, from respected community, religious and political leaders as well as those who were inspired by his leadership and values. A memorial book has been created by the family to preserve some of these memories and thoughts.

Please click through the gallery to read some of the messages (mostly in Bengali).

Thousands Attend Ghulam Azam’s Janazah

1st Muharram 1436, 25th October 2014

Hundreds of thousands attended Professor Ghulam Azam’s Janazah which was held after Dhuhr prayers at Baitul Mukarram Mosque in Dhaka. In a fitting tribute to the great leader and Islamic personality, the streets were filled with mourners attending to pay their last respects. The funeral procession and prayers were all conducted peacefully and without incident, despite a heavy police presence. The indignity and hardship of his last years due to the illegal and politically motivated trial conducted by the Awami League government can never be forgotten. The family have found comfort in knowing he was honoured in death with something akin to a state funeral and a dignified burial beside his father in the family graveyard. May Allah accept good deeds and sacrifice in the service of Islam and Bangladesh.

His Janazah was led by his son, former Brigadier General Amaan Azmi. He also gave a powerful speech to the crowd which moved many listeners to tears, speaking of his father’s sincere love for Islam and his hope that many more will continue to be inspired by him. The family are particularly indebted to Amaan for providing constant support to his parents in the face of unrelenting pressure from the government and media.

In addition to the main Janazah prayer, many more thousands attended funerals in absentia which were performed all over Bangladesh and in many other countries around the world on Friday and Saturday. Prayers were led by the eminent scholar, Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi in Doha, Qatar and in the UK, USA, Finland,Turkey, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and India. He was particularly revered in Turkey as a  close friend of the former Turkish premier, Necmettin Erbakan, and his death was reported as front page news by a national newspaper, as well as by many Turkish supporters on Twitter.

We continue to uphold Ghulam Azam’s innocence and to denounce the International Crimes Tribunal which has led to the wrongful arrest and imprisonment of opposition leaders in Bangladesh. We have no doubt that the trial failed in its aim to provide justice for those who suffered in 1971 and has victimised those who politically opposed independence. Our prayers are with those who remain in custody and with the family of Abdul Quader Mollah.

Professor Ghulam Azam has passed away

ghulam azamIt is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Professor Azam who passed away on the day of Jumuah after a lifetime of sacrifice and dedication to his Lord and Islam. Inna lillah wa inna ilayhi rajiun.The date is October 23 2014. He is survived by his wife, 6 sons and his grandchildren and great grandchildren. May Allah, the Lord of the worlds, accept him as Shaheed. May his many good deeds and exceptional sacrifices be accepted. May those who oppressed him face justice. May he enter an enlightened grave and the highest paradise. May his wife and family meet him there. Ameen.

We seek your prayers that the family are able to give Prof Azam a dignified burial and to see him and pay their respects. We fear that those who have oppressed him in life will seek to prevent this from happening.

We request all Professor Azam’s well wishers to observe his passing with fortitude, dignity and patience. Professor Azam was a man of peace and love for his Lord. Please grieve as he is worthy of being grieved. We expect the government to respect people’s democratic right to peacefully grieve and protest the injustice that has been subjected on this righteous leader.

Professor Ghulam Azam taken ill

HEALTH UPDATE – 3: PROF GHULAM AZAM from his son in Bangladesh
As of 12 pm BDT:
A new Medical Board which was formed sat in the morning.
Outcome:
1. Treatment for ‘renal failure’ started yesterday. Since his kidney wasn’t in bad condition before, under standard conditions it is usually reversible. However, due to his age and other ailments it is uncertain.
2. He also has ‘enlarged prostate’.
3. There are problems with his heart too.
Apart from the above findings/ conclusions,
1. He is extremely weak and can’t move his limbs.
2. Tries to talk, but no sound. It sounds like ‘whispering’.
3. Previous other problems still exist.
Prayer of millions around the world will isA help him completely recover soon.

Previous Update:

Prof Azam has been diagnosed with renal failure and acute dehydration this evening. He has been transferred to the Critical Care Unit due to his poor health. Please continue in your prayers for him.


أَذْهِبِ الْبَأْسَ رَبَّ النَّاسِ وَاشْفِ أَنْتَ الشَّافِي لَا شِفَاءَ إِلَّا شِفَاؤُكَ شِفَاءٌ لَا يُغَادِرُ سَقَمَاً
“O Lord of the people, remove this pain and cure it, You are the one who cures and there is no one besides You who can cure, grant such a cure that no illness remains”.
“Ayesha (R.A.) stated that when Prophet Mohammad (SAW.) was ill, he used to recite the four Quls, blow on his hands and pass them over on the back and front. He also recited these surahs, blew on his hands and passed them over his body during his fatal illness”.

(Bukhari, Muslim)

“Ghulam Azam in a critical state” – Wife Mrs Azam

Former Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Professor Ghulam Azam, who is serving a 90-year prison sentence for so called ‘crimes against humanity’, is in a critical condition – said his wife Mrs Afifa Azam in a statement on Sunday.

Mrs Azam said that she went to see Prof Azam at the hospital prison cell of BSMMU on Saturday and found his condition to be “extremely feeble”. She said, “Today we saw him in the worst condition so far. Physically he is so weak that two people had to hold him to get him up from bed. His eyesight has become much weakened and hearing ability considerably lessened than the last time we saw him. It was hard to even hear his voice.”

She continued, “He didn’t even have strength to move his hands, feet, shoulders, head etc. He is hardly able to eat nowadays and his weight is going down day by day looking nothing but a skeleton. He fell down in the bathroom thrice in less than a month.  According to him, the doctors found him to be in a critical condition last Thursday”.

“Despite being in such a critical state, the hospital or jail authorities didn’t even inform the family about his condition” – complained Ghulam Azam’s wife.

She expressed concern that such inhumane behaviour, like indifference and lack of care may lead to catastrophic consequences.

In her statement, Mrs Azam requested the authority to release him to ensure his proper medical care under family supervision.

She also called upon the people to pray for her ailing husband.

মানবতাবিরোধী অপরাধের মামলায় ৯০ বছরের কারাদণ্ডপ্রাপ্ত জামায়াতে ইসলামীর সাবেক আমির অধ্যাপক গোলাম আযমের অবস্থা আশঙ্কাজনক বলে জানিয়েছেন তার স্ত্রী সৈয়দা আফিফা আযম।

রবিবার রাতে গণমাধ্যমে পাঠানো এক বিবৃতিতে তিনি এ কথা জানিয়েছেন।

আফিফা আযম বলেছেন, গতকাল শনিবার বিকেলে তিনি অধ্যাপক গোলাম আযমের সঙ্গে বিএসএমএমইউ’র প্রিজন সেলে সাক্ষাৎ করেছেন।

তিনি বলেন, ‘উনার শারীরিক অবস্থা অত্যন্ত নাজুক। এ যাবৎকালের সবচেয়ে খারাপ অবস্থায় আজ উনাকে দেখা গেল। শারীরিকভাবে এতই দুর্বল হয়ে পড়েছেন যে, বিছানা থেকে দু’জনে ধরে উঠাতে হয়েছে। দৃষ্টিশক্তি অনেক ক্ষীণ হয়ে এসেছে, শ্রবণশক্তি অনেক হ্রাস পেয়েছে এবং গলার আওয়াজ অত্যন্ত ক্ষীণ।’

‘হাত-পা-ঘাড়-মাথা এগুলো নাড়ানোর শক্তিও উনার নেই। দিন দিন ওজন কমছে, শুকিয়ে কঙ্কালসার হয়ে গেছেন। এ পর্যন্ত ছয়বার বাথরুমে পড়ে গেছেন। গত এক মাসের কম সময়ের মধ্যেই তিনবার পড়ে গেছেন। খাওয়া-দাওয়া প্রায় করতেই পারছেন না বলা চলে। উনার ভাষ্য অনুযায়ী, গত বৃহস্পতিবার উনার অবস্থা অত্যন্ত আশঙ্কাজনক হয়ে গিয়েছিল এবং চিকিৎসক উনাকে উনার অবস্থা ‘Critical’ বলে জানিয়েছিলেন।’

গোলাম আযমের স্ত্রী বলেন, ‘তার স্বামীর অবস্থা আশঙ্কাজনক হলেও হাসপাতাল কিংবা জেল কর্তৃপক্ষ কেউই পরিবারকে অবহিত করেনি।’

কর্তৃপক্ষের অবজ্ঞা, অযত্ন, অবহেলা, উপেক্ষা ও অমানবিক আচরণে যে কোনো সময়ে মারাত্মক পরিস্থিতি সৃষ্টি হতে পারে বলেও আশঙ্কা প্রকাশ করেন তিনি।

বিবৃতিতে আফিফা আযম তার স্বামীর সুচিকিৎসা নিশ্চিত করার জন্য মুক্তি দিয়ে পরিবারের সার্বিক তত্ত্বাবধানে রাখার অনুমতি দেয়ার জন্য কর্তৃপক্ষের কাছে অনুরোধ জানান।

তিনি তার স্বামীর জন্য দেশবাসীর দোয়া চেয়েছেন।


“Independent investigation needed” 2nd Witness Scandal exposed

Witness scandal exposed in Bangladesh War Crimes Trial: 

 

 

 

From bdnews24.com:

Quazi Shahreen Haq, bdnews24.com 

British lawyer Toby Cadman, who demanded an investigation after seeing a video of a so-called prosecution witness (PW) in the war crimes case of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Motiur Rahman Nizami, says he is not sure of the identity of the man in the video. 

Speaking to bdnews24.com on Sunday night, he said: “I am not in a position to confirm (or) deny anything at this stage. I will review the various videos and issue a full statement in due course. I stand by my previous statement that this requires a full investigation by an independent authority.” 

In a recently released video footage which went viral on the YouTube and Facebook, a man named ‘Nannu’ claimed he was a prosecution witness and testified in the Jamaat leader Nizami case under government coercion. 

In a report on Sept 20, London-based ‘The Daily Telegraph’ said Cadman had seen the video as he demanded a fully independent and international investigation if the claim made in the video was true. 

The Telegraph report also said Cadman was working as a lobbyist on the case of war crimes convict and Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Molla. 

Prosecution witness in the Nizami case, Shamsul Huq Nannu, at a press conference at the prosecutor’s office of the International Crimes Tribunal on Saturday night protested the Telegraph report and said information was ‘distorted’. 

He also said his family was living in insecurity. 

Nannu said, “I have come to know that my statement was quoted by the defence’s international lobbyist Toby Cadman in a report published in The Daily Telegraph. Not only that, a video which supposedly was my interview was also released. I was told later that the video was also on YouTube.” 

Nannu said the man in the video was only an imposter and definitely not him. 

Then, the ‘real’ Nannu at the press briefing went on to set apart his appearance with that of the man in the video who claimed himself to be Nannu. 

“The man who has been shown on YouTube has no moustache but I have been sporting one for quite some time. I have had long curly hair since childhood, but that man does not have such hair.” 

“Even the voice is not mine. It is a distorted version of my voice,” he said. 

Nannu claimed the remarks made in the video were not his. “I have never been forced to testify. I am a freedom fighter. I willingly gave the testimony to the court against Nizami being driven by my conscience.” 

He said that after the testimony, he and his family were insecure. “We are receiving death threats. Miscreants of Jamaat and Shibir may kill us anytime.” 

Meanwhile, prosecutor Mohammad Ali told bdnews24.com Shamsul Huq Nannu came to their office at around 7:30pm Saturday and told them about the matter. As he sought help from them, they organised the press conference for him at a room in the office. 

However, when contacted about the issue, British lawyer Cadman emailed his response to bdnews24.com. 

He said, “In the Daily Telegraph interview I stated that I found the contents of the original video deeply disturbing. I made the point that if the allegations set out in the video are true it warrants a full inquiry into whether there is a practice of witness tampering. 

“I made no assessment as to the authenticity of the video, only that it required a full investigation by an independent authority acceptable to all parties.” 

bdnews24.com provided Cadman with a video clip of Nannu’s press conference and asked whether he was the same man seen in the video Cadman had watched. 

He responded: “In my view the fact that the witness has denied making the statement is to be expected. He clearly does not want to go up against the Government, as what is stated in the interview is a very serious allegation. I stand by the statement that I made in the Daily Telegraph and repeat the request that there needs to be a full, independent, international inquiry into these matters.” 

However, Cadman ended his email interview saying, “I have absolutely no reason at this stage to doubt that the original video recording of the witness is authentic; however, this should be the subject of an independent investigation.