Shah Ahmad Shafi
|Shaikhul Hadith, Allama
Shah Ahmad Shafi
Allama Shah Ahmad Shafi is praying after in seminar.
|Born||Shah Ahmad Shafi
|Notable work(s)||Establishing Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh|
|Alma mater||Darul Uloom Deoband|
Sheikh ul-Islam Allama Shah Ahmad Shafi (Bengali: শাহ আহমদ শফী) is the present chief of Hefajat-e-Islam Bangladesh, present rector of Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Moinul Islam Hathazari and also the chairman of Bangladesh Qawmi Madrasah Education Board. He was born in Rangunia, Chittagong and was educated at Hathazari Madrasah and Darul Uloom Deoband.
He was born in Rangunia, Chittagong. He received his primary education from his family. Then he joined Al-Jamiatul Arabiatul Islamiah, Ziri and spent five or six months there. He was admitted to Hathazari Madrasah in 1930 at the age of 10. In Hathazari Madrasah he studied for 10 years. Then Shafi went to Darul Uloom Deoband for higher studies in the field of Hadith and Tafsir. He studied there for four years before returning to his homeland.
Ahmad Shafi commenced his career as a teacher at Hathazari Madrasah. In 1987, he was elected rector of Hathazari Madrasah. Shafi is also the present chairman of Bangladesh Qawmi Madrasah Education Board.
In 2009, Ahamd Shafi, along with Allama Azizul Haque and other senior Bengali Muslim scholars, in a joint statement to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed, condemned terrorism and militancy committed in the name of Islam.
In 2013, a speech given by Ahmad Shafi at Hathazari, Chittagong was described as highly misogynist. He reportedly said: "Why are you sending your daughters to work in garment factories?... She goes to work after Fajr at 7/8:00am and does not come back even at 8/10/12 at night... You do not know which man she is hanging out with. You do not know how much zina (fornication) she is getting involved in."
The comments caused outrage among woman rights activists who demanded his imprisonment. Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister of Bangladesh termed the statement of Shafi as "disgusting" and "distasteful".
Relationship with Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami
Although the Awami League describes him as a frontman for Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, analysts say this is highly unlikely as Ahmad Shafi belongs to a band of Islamists that unlike Jamaat, did not oppose the independence of Bangladesh, and supported a united India and rejected the creation of Pakistan in 1947.
- Faizul Jaari (Explanation of Bukhari)
- Al-Bayanul Fasil Bainal Haqqi Wal Batil
- Al-Hujajul Qatiah Li-daf-yin Nahjil Khatiah
- Al-Khairul Kasir Fi Usulit Tafseer
- Islam Wa Chhiyachhat
- Ijhare Haqiqat
- Takfire Muslim
- Chand Raoyejna
- Foyujate Ahmadia
- Haq O Batiler Chiranton Dondo
- Islami Ortho Bebostha
- Islam O Rajniti
- Sotter Dikhe Korun Ahoban
- Sunnat O Bid'ater Sothik Porichoy
- Fazlul Hoque Amini - student of Ahmad Shafi
- Mufti Izharul Islam
- Allama Junaid Babunagari
- Allama Nurul Islam Ulipuri
- Maulana Muhiuddin Khan
- "Unknown Islamist group flexes its muscles in Ctg". The Daily Star (Bangladesh). 25 February 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
- "৩০ জন আহত, গ্রেপ্তার ৩৯, আট ঘণ্টা সড়ক অবরোধ চট্টগ্রামে হেফাজতে ইসলামের কর্মীদের সঙ্গে পুলিশের সংঘর্ষ (Hefajat-e-Islam clash with police at Chittagong, 30 injured and 39 arrested, road blocked for 8 hours)". Prothom Alo. 25 February 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
- Khalidi, Toufique Imrose (6 May 2013). "Behind the rise of Bangladesh's Hefazaat". AL Jazeera. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
- "Kawmi madrasa leaders to help govt fight militancy". The Daily Star. UNB. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
- "Women's right activists denounce Shafi's statement". Dhaka Tribune. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
- "Hasina flays Hifazat chief". bdnews24.com. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013.