Tablighi Jamaat committed Talibani crime: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
New Delhi/IBNS: Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the Tablighi Jamaat committed a "Talibani crime" with its religious gathering in New Delhi recently that has now been linked to 128 coronavirus positive cases across the country.
He said the 'sin' committed by the group cannot be pardoned.
"'Talibani Crime' by Tablighi Jamaat'.. This is not a negligence, it’s a 'serious criminal act'. When the entire country is fighting united against Corona, such a 'sin' is unpardonable. #IndiaFightsCorona," he tweeted.
“Talibani Crime” by Tablighi Jamaat”.. This is not a negligence, it’s a “serious criminal act”. When the entire country is fighting united against Corona, such a “sin” is unpardonable. #IndiaFightsCorona— Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (@naqvimukhtar) March 31, 2020
Right under the nose of the Delhi Police which falls under the Narendra Modi government, Tablighi Jamaat, the Islamic missionary movement, turned a busy, crowded Nizamuddin in the national capital into the hotspot of the spread of COVID-19 keeping 1.3 billion people of the massive country on toes.
At a time the idea of social distancing was embraced both by the Centre and the state governments, Tablighi Jamaat, an "orthodox" missionary, congregated around 3,000 people at Alami Markaz Banglewali Masjid in Nizamuddin here flouting all norms of self-isolation.
Reports suggest around 2000-3000 preachers had congregated at the event of Tablighi Jamaat preachers in mid-March, just days after the Delhi government had banned the gatherings of 200 people at any place in the wake of the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus.
As the Tablighi Jamaat is defending themselves saying the Delhi government had ordered a ban on a gathering of 50 people at any place only on Mar 16 after the event was hosted, a Mojo TV report highlighted a Mar 13 letter from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government ordering a ban on 200 people.
According to a Hindustan Times report, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had on Mar 28-29 midnight sent National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval to Nizamuddin Markaz, Maulana Saad, to convince him to get the occupants of the mosque to get tested for COVID-19.
But all that happened only after the Delhi police had failed to convince Markaz.
Seven of the total number of deceased (over 50) so far in the country were incidentally the attendees of the event creating panic among the people across the country.
Six of those seven attendees had died in Telangana after they had fled to the southern state of India.
"Six people from Telangana who attended a religious congregation at Markaz in Nizamuddin area of New Delhi from 13-15 March succumbed after they contracted #Coronavirus. Two died in Gandhi Hospital while one each died in Apollo Hospital, Global Hospital, Nizamabad and Gadwal," a tweet posted by Telangana CMO on Mar 30 read.
About Tablighi Jamaat
Tablighi Jamaat, which operates from South Asia, is a missionary movement which mostly focuses on urging Muslims to return to practicing their religion as it was practiced during the lifetime of Islamic prophet Muhammad.
The organisation, which has an estimated 150 to 250 million adherents, was founded by Muhammad Ilyas al-Kandhlawi in 1927.
Originally beginning as a local movement, Tablighi Jamaat was an offshoot of Deobandi movement which is a deviated movement from the mainstream Sunnis.