Acting Ameer of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Maqbul Ahmed and Acting Secretary General Dr. Shafiqur Rahman have issued the following joint statement on 24th October, 2014:
“Former Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami, world renowned religious thinker and notable scholar, veteran language movement hero, former general secretary of DUCSU and the founder of the caretaker government concept Professor Ghulam Azam has died last night. Innalillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi rajiun. His death is really painful as he died under the custody of the oppressor government and became totally deprived from due medical treatment and touch of the family members even in the last stage of his life. The people of Bangladesh and the Muslims around the world are in deep mourn at his death.
Professor Ghulam Azam is a high profile figure in the politics of Bangladesh. In the historic language movement of 1952, during the mass upsurge of 1969, in the anti-autocratic movement of 1990 and finally by outlining the concept of caretaker government formula, he has played a pivotal role in the political history of this nation. He was elected General Secretary of Dhaka University Student Association (DUCSU) for consecutive two terms in 1947-1949 sessions. He carried out a significant role in the language movement as the GS of DUCSU and the nation will recall his contribution with great honour. On 27th November of 1948, he placed the memorandum before the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Liakat Ali Khan demanding Bengali as the state language. For his courageous role in that movement, the Pakistani rulers arrested him for two times.
He served the Rangpur Karmichael College as a Professor from 1950 to 1955. He joined Jamaat-e-islami in 1954. After joining the Islamic movement, he discharged the duty as divisional Ameer of Rajshahi, Secretary General and finally as Ameer of the movement. Along with discharging the duty of the party chief, he played a bold role against the anti-tyrannical regime of Pakistan and also in crucial moment of the nation. Professor Azam campaigned for Juktofront in 1954 election. He was the member of the central committee of the Anti-Aiyub alliance Democratic Action Committee (DAC) and the Secretary General of opposition alliance of Pakistan named Pakistan Democratic movement (PDM). Besides, he will be remembered for historic role in leading the world Islamic movement.
He experienced imprisonment for 5 times. He has to face imprisonment in many occasions while conducting the movement for restoring democracy. The incumbent tyrannical regime filed false case against him to put him behind the bar. In this old age, when he is supposed to pass time with his near and dear ones, at that time the suppressor government not only kept him away from his family but also deprived him from getting due medical treatment. His family and Jamaat-e-Islami had called upon the government for several times to release him for ensuring his proper treatment. But regrettably the government did not pay heed to those demands.
The man, who played a historic role in the language movement and the movement for establishing democracy, the man who had outlined the formula of caretaker government concept which helped the nation to witness a free, fair and credible election, has faced unbearable repression and negligence from the government at the last stage of his life. We have no word to condemn the brutal and inhuman approach and activities of the government. The History will try this inhuman and untold torture in just time. The nation will hate this oppressor government. While, former Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami, world renowned religious thinker and notable scholar, veteran language movement hero, former general secretary of DUCSU and the founder of the caretaker government concept Professor Ghulam Azam will stay in the heart of the people forever.
May Almighty Allah accept all his noble deeds to bless him with Jannah. We are extending our deep sympathy and condolence to the family, relatives, well wishers and followers of Professor Ghulam Azam living in home and elsewhere in the world. May Allah bless us with strength to tolerate the shock of this irreparable loss.”