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No room for extremism in Islam: Gowher Rizvi

DHAKA, March 20, 2017 (BSS) - Prime Minister's International Relation Affairs Adviser Professor Dr. Gowher Rizvi has said Islam is the religion of peace and there is no room for extremism in it.

"Islam was propagated in this region through Pir-Aulias (Islamic spiritual personalities) who were the followers of Sufism. There was no use of force in this regard. Everything happened spontaneously," he told a book publication ceremony in the city on Saturday.

The first and second volumes of compiled literary work of Banglar Rumi Syed Ahmadul Huq were formally published in the function at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Presided over by Dhaka University Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Aktaruzzaman, the function was attended by University Grants Commission Chairman Professor Abdul Mannan, former Caretaker Government Adviser Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman, and Iranian Ambassador Dr. Abbas Vaezi Dehnavi, among others.

Vice-chancellors of different public and private universities, professors, poets, intellectuals, journalists and researchers attended the program and expressed their thoughts in the function, said a press release today.

Citing Friday's suicide attack on a law enforcement agency barrack in the capital, Dr Rizvi said, "Some people are spreading violence in the name of religion. Rumi's ideology is badly needed today to let peace to prevail in society."