The 21st Century Phenomenon



In 1989, after the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghamistan, Shawkat  Osman alias Sheikh Farid was reportedly present in a meeting with Osama Bin Laden, Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil and Mufti Abdul Hannan in Peshawar, Pakistan. In the meeting Osama Bin Laden advised them to organize the Muslim youths to transform their countries into Dar-ul-Islam – a part of Islam nation.  The meeting led, eventually, to the formation of what became known later as the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami – HuJI.

Shawkat  Osman alias Sheikh Farid from Chittagong, Bangladesh, was one of the founders, in 1992, of the Bangladeshi branch of Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami – HuJI. With time the Bangladeshi branch became a separate organization – Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami Bangladesh- HUJI-B.

In the leadership of HUJI-B Shawkat  Osman was in a conflict with the military wing leader Mufti Abdul Hannan, who was backed by other leaders. The struggle of power within HUJI-B minimized his influence on the organization.

Only after the arrest of Mufti Abdul Hannan in Dhaka on 10/01/2005 Shawkat  Osman – Sheikh Farid gained full control on HUJI-B.

Today (06/2008) HUJI-B activity in Bangladesh sharply declined and its influence on the Bangladeshi politic and society is almost unnoticed. Shawkat  Osman is still at large, probably due to some sort of understanding with the Bangladeshi regime.


 / Rafiqul  Islam Gazi alias Shafiq Sabuj was a senior activist in the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami Bangladesh- HUJI-B.

Rafiqul  Islam Gazi was arrested on 06/01/2008. He confessed on 06/06/2008 to his involvement in the grenade attack on the Awami League rally in the capital Dhaka on 08/21/2004. Rafiqul  Islam Gazi became one of 14 defendants in the case.

On 06/18/2008 Rafiqul  Islam Gazi was sentenced, along with other 4 HUJI-B leaders, for 20 years in jail under the Explosives Act. 



 * Imtiaz Abdul Quddus was the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami in Bangladesh – HUJI-B general secretary. In the late 80s’ Imtiaz  Quddus run in Pakistan a training camp for Bangladeshi young Mujahidins, who volunteered to fight against the Russians in Afghanistan. 

In 1999 Imtiaz  Quddus attended a meeting with Maulana Abdul Qader Mollah, Chairman of the Muslim Liberation Front of Myanmar, in order to coordinate and collaborate the activities of the two movements. 

Today (06/2008) the exact deeds or whereabouts of Imtiaz  Quddus are not perfectly known.


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