New Delhi: With Nizamuddin in Delhi becoming one of the hotspots for coronavirus infection after the Tablighi Jamaat event took place despite the closure, Chief Maulana Saad Kandhalvi came under the radar of the police.
Delhi police booked the cleric on Tuesday for violating lockout orders and holding a large religious gathering in Nizamuddin West earlier this month. Saad has been “impossible to trace” since March 28 after Delhi police notified even when Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukthar Abbas Naqvi described the actions of the Islamic missionary movement as a “Taliban crime” .
Who Is Maulana Saad?
Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, 56, is the director of Tablighi Jamaat who organized a religious meeting now linked to at least 11 COVID-19 deaths and more than 150 cases.
Born May 10, 1965, he is the grandson of Maulana Muhammad Ilyas, founder of Tablighi Jamaat. He heads the Nizamuddin Markaz faction of the Jamaigh Tablighi, which has more than several followers in 214 countries.
Tablighi Jamaat is an Islamic missionary movement that teaches Muslims to practice their religion as it was practiced during the lifetime of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
Saad has been a member of Tablighi Jamaat’s ‘Shura’ (central advisory council) for 20 years (1995-2015) before becoming chief of Tablighi Jamaat on November 16, 2015.
The chief or Amir is selected by the Tablighi Jamaat Central Advisory Council (Shura) and the Jamaat elders and is appointed for life. However, in Saad’s case, he declared himself as the head of Tablighi Jamat, as he disagreed with a new 13-member shura, including Muhammad Abdul Wahhab, which was formed on November 16, 2015. .
He studied Maulviyat from the Kashif-ul-Uloom madrasa located in a part of Markaz.
Saad, who lives in Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti in Delhi, has three sons and daughters. He also has a house in Zakir Nagar in Delhi and Kandhla in Uttar Pradesh.
Tablighi Jamaat is considered one of the largest Muslim movements in the world with the majority of followers living in South Asia. There is no formal process for Jamaigh Tablighi membership, but many well-known personalities, including the former President of India, Zakir Husain, have been associated with this Jamaat.
According to media reports, Maulana Tariq Jameel, a prominent member of Tablighi Jamaat who oversees the Jamaat’s work in Pakistan, recently met with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Case against Saad
Delhi police filed an FIR on Tuesday against Maulana Saad and six others accused of defying government orders on COVID-19 to organize a religious gathering and allow visitors to continue on campus.
According to the FIR, Maulana Saad and officials Dr. Zeeshan, Mufti Shehzad, M Saifi, Younus, Mohd Salman and Mohd Ashraf were named as defendants. Police sources said they had not yet located Maulana Saad, who has been missing since March 28, the day they sent her a notice.