First Certified Scientology Volunteer Minister of Bangladesh
In a country that ranks in the bottom 25th percentile internationally for the freedoms and opportunities most of us take for granted, a dedicated young man is bringing hope and help to the people of his city.
Asaduzzaman Sajib, a 26-year-old Muslim entrepreneur and humanitarian, is quietly making a difference in the lives of the people of Dhaka, his country’s capital, one person at a time.
As the first person in Bangladesh to complete all 19 Volunteer Minister courses, he is helping resolve personal and social issues in a country where help is greatly needed:
- The United Nations Human Development Index ranks Bangladesh 142nd out of 188 countries.
- Poverty in Bangladesh is extreme, with the UN Development Program reporting more than 43 percent of the population living on less than $1.25 per day.
- According to UNICEF, 13 percent of the estimated 6 million children of the country are child laborers, often denied an education and vulnerable to violence and abuse.
- And Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of child-marriage in the world, with some 66 per cent of women married before they turn 18.
With training to help boost literacy, organizational and communication skills and to improve self-esteem and morality and resolve family problems, Sajib now has tools to address these issues at a grassroots level.
Sajib was born in the rural Kurigram District and lives today in Dhaka. He began his study of Scientology in 2012, when he started his first of 19 Volunteer Minister courses online. And with each course, Sajib applied what he learned, accomplishing near miracles.
One result about which he is particularly proud was what he accomplished with the “Answers to Drugs” course. He saved the life of a neighbor who was addicted to heroin. In addition to the life-threatening factors that affect the lives of heroin addicts everywhere, in Bangladesh, possessing more than 25 grams (2 tablespoons) of the drug is a capital crime.
Using the technology in the course, Sajib helped his neighbor withdraw from heroin without having to resort to another substitute drug and, through the use of Scientology assists—techniques developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard that address the spiritual and emotional factors in stress and trauma—the man was able to do this in relative comfort.
With each new course, Sajib not only understood the information, he also used it to help another.
As a certified Volunteer Minister, Sajib is now expert in the use of a body of effective tools that directly address: relationships, drug abuse, study problems, communication skills, marriage troubles, behavior, life decisions, illnesses and injuries, stress, worry, raising children, achieving goals, workplace productivity, data analysis, organization, public relations, conflict resolution, honesty and integrity and ethics for success.
“I have helped people in every sector with what I have learned from Scientology”
“I have helped so many people already by giving them knowledge,” Sajib says. “I helped a person recover from illness, I helped someone find the right spouse, I helped another get to the bottom of his problems in life—I have helped people in every sector with what I have learned from Scientology.”
Sajib views this accomplishment as only the start, as he now has knowledge and skills to help people with virtually anything that is ruining their lives in a country where the need for his skills and care is great.
“Scientology is the answer to solve the problems of human life,” says Sajib. “There are people I have helped who thank me whenever they meet me and explain how they are changed since I solved their problems by teaching them these tools. I feel I am providing something exceptional in a society where it is desperately needed, and I am making a huge impact every day.”
Whether serving in their communities or on the other side of the world, the motto of the Scientology Volunteer Minister is “Something can be done about it.” The program, created in the mid-1970s by L. Ron Hubbard, is sponsored by the Church of Scientology International as a religious social service.
“A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence,” wrote Mr. Hubbard. “Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well.
“How does a Volunteer Minister accomplish these miracles? He uses the technology of Scientology to change conditions for the better—for himself, his family, his groups, friends, associates and for mankind.”
The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has expanded to more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.
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