New Delhi: Tablighi Jamaat has caught the attention of the world after a program of it held at the Nizamuddin Markaz that resulted in a drastic increase of coronavirus positive patients in India. It all started with March 13 when around 3,500 people gathered at the Markaz as a part of religious gathering. On March 16, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal banned any kind of such gathering till March 31. Since then everything went wrong and chief of Tablighi Jamaat Maulana Muhammad Saad Kandhalvi went missing, and a search for him is still on.
Tablighi Jamaat: Things are going on with their pace and political and social statements are making headlines amid the 21-day lockdown in the country. But in between, perhaps only a few have tried to know about the Tablighi Jamaat. Here we are going to tell you something about the Jamaat that you might have not watched, listened or read before.
First of all, we need to know what is Tablighi Jamaat?
Tablighi Jamaat: It is an Islamic missionary movement that emphasizes on bringing back the Muslims to return to their religious practices as practised by Prophet Hazrat Muhammad. This is particular about dressing and personal behaviour.
Tablighi Jamaat: Even after a number of Muslim countries across the world, the maximum followers of Jamaat are in South Asia – between 200 to 250 million.
Tablighi Jamaat is one of the most influential religious movements in the world. Moreover, in the times of worldwide political cacophony, the Jamaat denies of being affiliated with any political party, organisation or movement. Hence, it is a core religious practice.
But according to some media reports, it has served as a fertile ground for Islamic militancy in various countries.
Why Nizamuddin is important?
Tablighi Jamaat was established by Muhammad Ilyas in 1927 at Nizamuddin though he was originally from Kandhal in 1927 he relocated to Delhi.
Ilyas also put forward the slogan, “O Muslims, become Muslims!”.
The most shocking fact about the Tablighi Jamaat is, there are no women members in it. Yes, you read it right… it’s a purely men’s brigade.
Moreover, as it doesn’t keep a record of internal meetings, means high security.
Its entire members are Sunni and no one is compelled to join or leave it.
They are free to come and go, and no one gets and financial benefit.