Tablighi Jamaat Markaz and Maulana Saad Kandhalvi


In the amid of COVID-19 lockdown, suddenly a new concept/group of Tablighi Jamaat Markaz came to know to the people of India via news channels. This group got overnight popularity at least in India. If you ask anyone about coronavirus then he/she will link coronavirus with this group.

This group became like china in India. Globally everyone blaming china for coronavirus and in India everyone blaming Tablighi Jamaat.

Who is Tablighi Jamaat?

Tablighi Jamaat literally the Outreach Society is an Islamic missionary movement that focuses on urging Muslims to return to practising their religion as it was practised during the lifetime of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, and particularly in matters of ritual, dress and personal behaviour.  It has been deemed as one of the most influential religious movements in 20th century Islam.

Established in 1927 by Muhammad Ilyas al-Kandhlawi in Mewat region of India, it began as an offshoot of the Deobandi movement, and as a response to perceived deterioration moral values and supposed neglect of the aspects of Islam. The movement aims for the spiritual reformation of Islam by working at the grassroots level.

The teachings of Tabligh Jamaat are expressed in “Six Principles” (Kalimah (Declaration of faith)Salah (Prayer)Ilm-o-zikr (Knowledge)Ikraam-e-Muslim (Respect of Muslim)Ikhlas-e-Niyyat (Sincerity of intention)Dawat-o-Tableegh (Proselytizaton)).

Who is Maulana Saad Kandhalvi?

He is an Indian Muslim scholar and preacher. He is a great-grandson of the Tablighi Jamat founder Muhammad Ilyas Kandhlawi. He heads one faction of the Tablighi Jamat.

Maulana Saad Kandhalvi
Maulana Saad Kandhalvi

Why Both are in news?

Tablighi Jamaat attracted significant public and media attention during the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. A Tablighi Jamaat religious congregation that took place in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz Mosque in early March has emerged as a coronavirus super-spreader event, The Tablighi Jamaat gathering has been linked to more than 400 COVID-19 cases, making it the largest-known centre of transmission of the virus in India.

After the incident of Nizamuddin Markaz Mosque, Delhi government ordered an FIR against Muhammad Saad Kandhlawi, the head of Nizamuddin faction of the Tablighi Jamat. One audio clip of Kandhlawi is circulating in news media, in which he misguiding the people for coronavirus. Every media channel and general public criticising him for this.
His one video also circulation in media channels, in which he is advice all his jamaat people to report local coronavirus centre if they have any symptoms of coronavirus

In Storywalla’s point of view, Dharma/religion and any disease both has their own space, They should not merge. If WHO declares any disease pandemic then it is our responsibility to follow country law/guideline to decrease the impact of the disease.

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