A convenient excuse for some to vilify Muslims: Omar Abdullah tweets on Tablighi Jamaat
Srinagar/IBNS: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said as several people, who attended a Tablighi Jamaat event at a mosque in Delhi, tested positive for COVID-19, some people were given an oppurtunity to 'vilify Muslims'.
"Now the #TablighiJamat will become a convenient excuse for some to vilify Muslims everywhere as if we created & spread #COVID around the world," Omar tweeted.
He said people who are commenting on Twitter with hashtags like 'Tablighi virus' are more dangerous than the virus itself.
At first glance it would appear the #TablighiJamat were nothing if not irresponsible in the way they went about things but that’s not unique to them. The majority of Muslims in India have heeded government guidelines & advice the same as anyone else.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 31, 2020
"People tweeting stuff with hash tags like Tablighi virus are more dangerous than any virus nature could ever conjure up because their minds are sick while their bodies may very well be healthy," he said.
People tweeting stuff with hash tags like Tablighi virus are more dangerous than any virus nature could ever conjure up because their minds are sick while their bodies may very well be healthy.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 31, 2020
Delhi's Nizamuddin area has emerged as one of the biggest hotspot of novel coronavirus transmission in India with at least 24 persons testing positive and over 200 people showing symptoms of Covid-19.
Officials in the Delhi administration said that besides locals and 281 foreigners from 16 countries, including Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, as many as 1,558 Indians from 19 states and UTs had attended the religious event at Nizamudding mosque.
"Of the total 281 foreigners, 72 came from Indonesia, 19 were from Nepal, 20 from Malaysia, 33 from Myanmar, 28 from Kyrgystan, 34 from Sri Lanka, 19 from Bangladesh, seven from Thailand, three from England, four from Fiji, and one each from Afghanistan, Algeria, Djibouti, Singapore, France and Kuwait," the official said.
"We have tracked that of the 1,558 Indians who attended Nizamuddin congregation, 510 came from Tamil Nadu, 281 were from Assam, 156 from Uttar Pradesh, 109 from Maharashtra, 107 from Madhya Pradesh, 86 from Bihar, 73 from West Bengal, 55 from Telangana, 46 from Jharkhand, 45 from Karnataka, 34 from Uttarakhand, 22 from Haryana, 21 from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, 19 from Rajasthan, nine from Punjab, five from Meghalaya, and 15 each from Himachal Pradesh, Kerala and Odisha," he added.
'Delhi Police have already registered an FIR against Tablighi Jamaat leader Maulana Saad and other organizers for hosting the event without local administration's permission and violating precautions as well as restrictions against the spread of coronavirus.