A JI representative in Bangladesh, Abu Torab Muhammad Azharul Islam
, denounced the removal of Maududi’s works as a measure against Islam
. On the other side, the Tariqat Council, representing the spiritual Sufis who are widely influential in Bangladesh, have accused JI of endangering Islam.
The Bangladesh authorities appear to side with the Sufis, since at the end of June, the government detained 65 JI leaders and activists on grounds that their activities are seditious and harmful to Islam.