Ministry of Religious Affairs (Bangladesh)
The Ministry of Religious Affairs (Bengali: ধর্ম বিষয়ক মন্ত্রণালয়) (abbreviated as MoRA) is the ministry responsible for religious events, buildings, and Hajj in Bangladesh.
|ধর্ম বিষয়ক মন্ত্রণালয়|
|Jurisdiction||Government of Bangladesh|
|Headquarters||Ministry of Religious Affairs|
|Annual budget||500 crore taka 59 million dollars|
The ministry is responsible for the management of Hajj and Umrah in Bangladesh.Biswa Ijtema is also managed by the ministry. The ministry gained some attention after using Arabic script to discourage public urination; since few Bangladeshis understand Arabic, anything written in Arabic is presumed to be sacred and not to be urinated on.
- Waqf Administration
- Christian Religious Welfare Trust
- Bangladesh Hajj Office
- Buddhist Religious Welfare Trust
- Islamic Foundation Bangladesh (Bengali: ইসলামিক ফাউন্ডেশন বাংলাদেশ) is a government organization established in 1975 under the ministry working to disseminate values and ideals of Islam and carry out activities related to those values and ideals. The Head Office of the Foundation is in Dhaka, which is supported by 6 divisional offices and 64 district offices, as well as 7 Imam Training Academy Centers and 29 Islamic Mission Centers. The Director General is the Chief Executive of the Foundation.
- Hindu Religious Welfare Trust is a statutory body under the ministry which is responsible for the welfare of the Hindu community and the maintenance of Hindu temples.
The ministry has faced allegation of corruption in Hajj management.
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- "Welcome". hindutrust.gov.bd. Hindu Trust. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- "Secretary points finger at religion minister over Tk 60 million Hajj rent fraud". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2 February 2016.