Secularism has no conflict with Islam in Bangladesh constitution: Hasina

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that secularism in Bangladesh's constitution has no conflict with Islam and it would be better not to say such things in Parliament. Sheikh Hasina responds to Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) MP Hurunur Rashid. She claimed, 'There is no mention of secularism in the Quran. In the concluding speech of the budget session in Parliament on Saturday, Hasina remarked, "The meaning of Lakum Dinukum Valiya Din in the Qur'an is that everyone has the right to follow his faith and religion and will follow his religion." 

 Before the concluding speech of the Prime Minister, Rasheed also said that keeping secularism in the Constitution is antithetical to a Muslim-majority country. In response, Hasina said, 'Honorable Member of Parliament. It is said that there is no mention of secularism in the Quran. I would like to mention here about respecting other religions in the Quran. There is some mention. The Prophet said to be respectful and patient to people of other cultures and religions. This was taught by the Prophet. We are told in the Quran that Islam is a religion of peace. Islam respects all religions.