Islami Oikya Jote

The Islami Oikya Jote (Bengali: ইসলামী ঐক্য জোট, Islami Oikko Joţ, "Islamic Unity Front") is a political party in Bangladesh and is allied with the Four Party Alliance.[2][3][4][5]

Islami Oikya Jote
ইসলামী ঐক্য জোট
Islamic Unity Alliance
PresidentMaulana Abdul Latif Nezami
Secretary-GeneralMufti Faizullah
HeadquartersLalbagh,[1] Dhaka


During the legislative elections of 1 October 2001, the party won 2 out of 300 elected members in an alliance with the Bangladesh Nationalist Party. It was led by Mufti Fazlul Huq Amini and Azizul Haq.[6]

In 2013, the party called upon its community to «severe ties» with atheists and the enemies of Islam, and to take it out in the streets to «foil conspiracies against Islam», and specifically asked the media not to associate this announcement with any other Islamic party whatsoever.[7]

A 2015 article in the journal Prothom Alo stated that the party had been inactive «in recent years». The spokesperson of the party said most of the party's activity happens over the phone.[8]

In January 2016 Islami Oikya Jote Chairman Abdul Latif Nezami announced to quit BNP-led 20-party alliance at a press conference. The OIJ chieh also stated that it is for their organization's interest. But after a few hours of the announcement of Islami Oikya Jote's quitting the BNP-led 20-party alliance, a faction of the Islamist party declared that it would remain with the coalition.[9] In April 2016, the Islami Oikya Jote congratulated the prime minister's decision to lash out the «atheist bloggers» behind the Ganajagaran Mancha's movement for highest punishment for 1971 war criminals.[10] In July 2016, a faction of the party accused the Jamaat-e-Islami to be behind the recent terrorist attacks in Bangladesh.[11]

In March 2017, the Islami Oikya Jote expressed its desire to see all Islamic parties run independently for the 2019 elections in Bangladesh.[12] In 2017, the party repeatedly warned that all non-Islamic idols must be banned from public places, including the Lady Justice statue in front of the Supreme Court.[13][14] In July 2017, Islami Oika Jote formed a new alliance of Islamic parties to weigh against the Jamaat-e-Islami.[15]

Student wingEdit

The student wing of Islami Oikya Jote is the Islami Chhatra Khelafat. They took part in the 2013 Shapla Square protests in support of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh.[16]


Mufti Fazlul Huq Amini[6] and Azizul Haq were the two most influential leaders of the party.


  1. ^ "Islami Oikya Jote (ইসলামী ঐক্য জোট)". Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  2. ^ "IOJ chief says he has list of Awami League leaders doing business with Jamaat-e-Islami men". Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  3. ^ Destradi, Sandra (2012-02-27). Indian Foreign and Security Policy in South Asia: Regional Power Strategies. ISBN 9781136520037.
  4. ^ "Islami Oikya Jote faction welcomes Hasina's 'firm stance' on religion". Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  5. ^ "Islami Oikya Jote leaves BNP-led 20-Party alliance". Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  6. ^ a b Tom Lansford (2012). Political Handbook of the World 2012. SAGE. p. 113. ISBN 9781608719952.
  7. ^ "Sever ties with atheists, enemies of Islam: Mufti Faizullah". 1 April 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  8. ^ Selim Zahid (27 August 2015). "Religion-based parties squeeze". Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Islami Oikya Jote quits 20-party alliance". 7 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Islami Oikya Jote faction welcomes Hasina's 'firm stance' on religion". 18 April 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Jamaat behind terror attacks: Islami Oikya Jote". Daily Sun. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  12. ^ Manik Miazee (11 March 2017). "IOJ to take part in next polls independently". Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  13. ^ Manik Miazee (22 May 2017). "IOJ: Idols in public place will not be accepted". Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Islami Oikya Jote demands ministers supporting SC statue step down". 12 June 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  15. ^ Salman Tareque Sakil, Chowdhury Akbor Hossain (7 July 2017). "Tariqat Federation to float new Islamic alliance". Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Hefazat supporters take en masse oath to sacrifice their own lives". Dhaka Tribune. 2013-05-03. Retrieved 2021-04-24.

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