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.

People's Republic of Bangladesh
Ministry of Religious Affairs
ধর্ম বিষয়ক মন্ত্রণালয়
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Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of Bangladesh
HeadquartersMinistry of Religious Affairs
Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh.
Annual budget500 crore taka 59 million dollars
Agency executives
  • Vacant, Minister of State for Religious Affairs
  • Md Nurul Islam PhD, Secretary of Ministry of Religious Affairs


The ministry is responsible for the management of Hajj and Umrah in Bangladesh.[1][2]Biswa Ijtema is also managed by the ministry.[3] 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.[4]



The ministry has faced allegation of corruption in Hajj management.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Saudi lifts ban on Umrah visa for Bangladesh". Dhaka Tribune. UNB. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Tk 3.05 lakh to be minimum cost". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  3. ^ "'Four-phase Ijtema will not create confusion'". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  4. ^ Anam, Tahmima. "Bangladesh's Very Public Toilet Crisis". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  5. ^ Amran, Syed Mohammed Shah; Ali, Syed Ashraf (2012). "Islamic Foundation Bangladesh". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  6. ^ a b c Islamic Foundation, Bangladesh Directory; Retrieved: 25 December 2007
  7. ^ "Welcome". Hindu Trust. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Secretary points finger at religion minister over Tk 60 million Hajj rent fraud". Retrieved 2 February 2016.