Bangladesh (MNN) – Earlier this month, religious minorities in Bangladesh came together for the “Black Day” events. They want Islam to no longer receive the status of state religion, which it has held since 1988.
Vincent Michel from IMF says, “In 1971, when Bangladesh gained independence from Pakistan, the government of the day really wanted Bangladesh to be a secular nation with a Muslim majority, but also friendly to the West. But in 1988 the leadership of the country changed and the opposition party took control. They passed an amendment to the Bangladeshi Constitution, which declared Islam the state religion. “
Christians, Hindus and Buddhists nationwide point out that the original constitution still calls Bangladesh a secular state, which contradicts the amendment. Ultimately, they want the amendment removed from the constitution. In the meantime, they want a minority commission established to help protect against injustice.
How to pray
Michael says, “Much of the justice or injustice that can be inflicted rests with individual bureaucrats or government officials. So just pray for them that there will be righteousness in their hearts and not unrighteousness. Pray that they do not take advantage of their position as the majority religion to discriminate against Christians. “
Ask God to give the Christians of Bangladesh grace and wisdom. Pray that they will know when to stand up for their rights and when to live quietly.
Photo credit: The header photo shows the largest Hindu temple in Bangladesh. (Photo courtesy of Kuruman, CC BY 2.0