By Talukder Shaheb
Mahmudul Hossain, Shibir associate, died a martyr today at a hospital in Dhaka after succumbing to wounds sustained on the 28th of October 2013 when police fired upon crowds of protesters at Chatkhil, Noakhali.
Hospital sources informed that Mahmudul passed away on Wednesday (today) morning while still under intensive care.
It is mentionable that Mahmudul Hossain was injured on the 28th of October when a Jamaat procession was attacked by the trio of police, BGB and the Awami League at Noakhali city. Suffering from a gunshot wound that entered through his chest, punctured his lungs and exited through his back, Mahmudul was initially admitted to a local hospital at Noakhali. On deterioration of his condition however, he was admitted to a hospital in Dhaka, where despite repeated operations and intensive care, he succumbed to his injuries.
Picture: Mahmudul being treated for gunshot wound that punctured his lungs
Mahmudul Hossain was a resident of Chatkhil pouroshobha, Noakhali. The second among three siblings, Mahmudul was an Alim 1st year student of Al Madrasah Al Diniyyah at Maijdi. His father Khurshid Alam is an expatriate living abroad while his mother is a housewife. An associate of Shibir, friends and dear ones said that Mahmudul was exceptionally well behaved and possessed good character. He was active as an associate of Noakhali city zone and is the 181st martyr in the history of Bangladesh Islami Chatra Shibir.
The namaaz e janaza of the shaheed (martyr) shall be held on Thursday at Chatkhil Kamil Madrassah Ground at 8:30 am. May Allah accept this sacrifice. May Allah bring to justice the perpetrators of this heinous crime which resulted in the death of an innocent life.
Below is translated a heart-wrenching letter written on the hospital bed by brother Mahmudul Hossain, the 181st martyr of Bangladesh Islami Chatro Shibir, a few days before he passed away a martyr:
MY THOUGHTS,Whatever good deeds I have done in my life, they are few in number. And the weight of (my) bad deeds is (a lot) heavier. However, I find solace in fact that I have always had deep faith and reliance upon Allah. And I always loved the Islamic movement (with my) heart and soul. So today my wish is that Allah grant me optimum “Hayaat” (life span) such that I can mould myself into a slave (of the Almighty) who is worthy of the Jannah and spend my life in being part of the struggle to establish Allah’s Deen (Islam) on Allah’s Land.The seeds of the establishment of the Deen (Islam) that have been planted in this green (fertile) land will one day grow into a self sustaining tree. Throughout the time required for this transformation, thousands of leaves will fall; each single leaf a single shaheed (martyr). However, these leaves will remain evergreen forever, for martyrs do not die; they never ever die. They remain immortal by the Grace of Allah.Remember me in your Dua’as to the Almighty.Ma’assalam,Mahmudul Hossain,Noakhali