Islamic Foundation Bangladesh

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Islamic Foundation
Islamic Foundation Bangladesh Logo.jpeg
Formation 1975
Type Islamic education, research and activities
Headquarters Baitul Mukarram, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Islamic Foundation Bangladesh, Baitul Mukarram, Dhaka,Bangladesh
Official language
Director General
Syed Ashraf Ali
Website website

Islamic Foundation Bangladesh is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Religious Affairs in Bangladesh working to disseminate values and ideals of Islam and carry out activities related to those values and ideals.[1][2] The Head Office of the Foundation is in Dhaka, which is supported by 6 divisional offices and 64 district offices, as well as 7 Imam Training Academy Centers and 29 Islamic Mission Centers.[2] The Director General is the Chief Executive of the Foundation.[2]


In 1959, two organizations were formed in Dhaka, Bangladesh to propagate the teachings and following of Islam. The Baitul Mukarram Society built the Baitul Mukarram (Arabic: بيت المكرّم‎; the holy house) mosque and Islamic scholars formed a Darul Ulum (Arabic: دار العلوم‎; house of knowledge) to popularize and research on Islamic philosophy, culture and way of life.[1] In 1960, the Darul ulum was renamed as Islamic Academy and was made a branch of Central Institute of Islamic Research based in Karachi.[1]

In 1972, the Islamic Academy was briefly banned for alleged support for the Pakistani Army against the Awami League.[3] The Academy has been blamed for working to Islamize politics in Bangladesh.[3][dead link]

On 20–22 March 1978, the Foundation organized a seminar sponsored by the OIC and attended by representatives of 16 countries including Bangladesh.[1] In 1979-80, development of the Foundation got a new momentum.[1]

Current activities[edit]

Baitul Mukarram Mosque, headquarters of the Islamic Foundation Bangladesh


  1. ^ a b c d e Syed Mohammed Shah Amran and Syed Ashraf Ali, Islamic Foundation Bangladesh, Banglapedia: The National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka; Retrieved: 2007-12-25
  2. ^ a b c Islamic Foundation, Bangladesh Directory; Retrieved: 2007-12-25
  3. ^ a b Raman, B. (2006-08-29). "Mujib and Islam" (PHP). Retrieved 2006-08-29. [dead link]

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