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    Spread of COVID-19 and the role of Tableeghi Jamaat

    Raiwind City in Punjab locked down completely and has been declared a quarantine facility. More than 2200 people are present inside. The govt took the decision after several cases of #Covid_19 were tested positive in the participants of religious gathering


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    Sindh Inspector General Mushtaq Ahmed Mahar in a notification issued on Tuesday instructed all police officers to ensure that Tableeghi Jamaat members across the province remain in the Jamaat marakiz (centres) and to consider all such marakiz as quarantine centres.

    The development comes after 36 people tested positive for the coronavirus in Hyderabad's Noor Mosque, where some 200 Jamaat members were initially quarantined.

    They had returned from the Tableeghi Jamaat congregation in Raiwind — comprising tens of thousands of people — held from March 11 to 15 near Lahore.

    Also on Monday, two people died in Karachi after having contracted the virus at the Raiwand Ijtima, according to the Sindh health department.

    According to the notification, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com, the number of cases was increasing and there was concern that there might be a further increase if adequate preparations to control Covid-19's spread were not made.

    The notification also directed police officers to ensure that no person entered or left the premises of the centres. It also directed the superintendents (SPs) of each district to cooperate with the district commissioners (DCs) and health officers and provide rations and necessary items to the centres.

    It further directed the police officers to make lists of all the Tableeghi Jamaat marakiz in their areas and the people inside and trace all the members outside, and to send their data to the operations room of the Inspector General of Police.

    A total of 830 persons belonging to the Tableeghi Jamaat are currently in the Hyderabad range. "Of these 830, 234 belong to Hyderabad’s Noor Mosque," said Hyderabad range DIG Naeem Shaikh.

    Noor Mosque is the second largest centre of the Jamaat in Sindh after the one in Karachi. It was sealed on Friday after a 19-year-old Chinese-origin Tableeghi Jamaat member tested positive for Covid-19.

    Meanwhile, some 27 members of Tableeghi Jamaat out of 35 screened at the Tableeghi Markaz in Raiwind tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday while another member was put under quarantine in Layyah. Lahore Deputy Commissioner Daanish Afzaal said that the markaz had been sealed.

    The Islamabad administration last week placed the capital's union council of Kot Hathial under quarantine after six members of the Tableeghi Jamaat residing in the area tested positive for coronavirus.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1545268/ig...antine-centres


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    The 1,000-odd foreign nationals who are in the country to participate in Tablighi Jamaat activities could be barred from returning to India over violation of their visa conditions, a government official said on Tuesday The official said most of them had entered the country on tourist visas but appeared to be involved in activities that require a missionary visa.

    The visa status of the foreign Tablighi Jamaat workers came into focus after 24 people living in the headquarters of the religious sect in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area tested positive on Monday. Authorities rushed to evacuate the five-storey building and test the hundreds of inmates who were still around for the highly contagious Sars-Cov-2 virus. More than 300 others have symptoms of Covid-19, the Union home ministry statement issued on Tuesday evening said.

    The home ministry said 1,203 Jamaat workers at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz had been medically screened, an exercise that started on March 26. Those who had symptoms have been sent to hospitals; others to state-run quarantine centres at Narela, Bakkarwala and Sultanpuri. By the evening, the government said, every Jamaat worker would be moved out of Nizamuddin Markaz.

    The home ministry also cited several messages that had been sent to the states alerting them to the need to locate, identify and screen the foreign and Indian workers of the sect. One of the earliest messages was on March 21 after a case of one of the Jamaat volunteers was detected.

    The last one was on March 29 from the Intelligence Bureau director, telling state police chiefs to track down these workers and their contacts for the Sars-Cov-2 pathogen.

    Simultaneously, the home ministry has also asked state police officials to report back if their activities were consistent with their visa. A senior government official suggested that all of them appeared to have violated their visa conditions since they entered the country on a tourist visa, not a missionary visa.

    Of the 1,746 persons staying in Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz on March 21, the home ministry said 216 were foreigners and 1,530 were Indians. Apart from them, there were 824 foreign Tablighi Jamaat workers in different parts of the country for missionary work.

    The security establishment carries out rigorous checks for requests for a missionary visa as compared to tourist visa applications.

    “Usually, all the foreign nationals visiting India as a part of the Tabligh team come on the strength of a tourist visa. MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) had already issued guidelines that they should not indulge in missionary work on tourist visa. State Police would be examining categories of visas of all these foreign TJ workers and take further action in case of violation of visa conditions,” the home ministry statement confirmed.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/india...3s7JniwVO.html


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    It's the international nature of the Tableeghi Jamaat that has caused the virus to spread among them.

    People will criticize them for holding large gatherings despite the virus. Yes, we all know many religious people are naive, dumb and closed-minded, now is not the right time to highlight their flaws extensively. Besides I'd say the biggest blame lies on the government for not strictly enforcing the ban on large gatherings and being too late with the air travel ban. Especially in Pakistan's case I am not sure if there was even a proper ban on religious gatherings.

    The cases with symptoms appearing right now were most likely infected 5-14 days ago. Until 13 March PSL matches were being held with large crowds. The public awareness was not there and efforts to raise it was almost non-existent.

    Many in South Asia weren't taking the virus seriously just recently. There were and still are sentiments like the virus not being able to spread in warmer climate of South Asia, South Asian's have stronger immune system and other conspiracy theories. South Asian aren't known to have high self discipline and any sense of self-responsibility. This is a collective problem of the whole society and not just one group. Singling out any group now would be counterproductive. We need cooperation from all segments of the society.

    Good! that they have been found out. I hope it's still early times. These religious folks are most likely to be attracted by conspiracy theories. It is possible they might see it as a pre-planned attack on their religious ways and the whole situation becomes a us vs them thing. The virus and the pandemic is a new challenge for everyone. Instead of marginalizing them and singling them out we need their trust. Only then can we do effective contact tracing and identify further people who might have the virus.

    At the same time it raises concerns that those who entered Pakistan before the air travel ban might be carrying the virus with a higher probability than assumed. They need to be identified more extensively and there should be a public appeal for such individuals to remain at home and report to authorities immediately if they have the typical covid-19 symptoms. All known large gatherings of past week be they of religious nature or otherwise needs to be seen with suspect.

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    India tracks attendees after Muslim event linked to virus cases

    India has launched a massive search to track down those who attended an event organised by a Muslim missionary movement after dozens of people test positive for coronavirus and at least seven reportedly die.

    Authorities in the Indian capital on Tuesday sealed off the premises of Tablighi Jamaat, accusing it of organising a religious gathering from March 13-15 and ignoring the threat of the COVID-19 outbreak.

    The Delhi government also asked the police to file a criminal case against the group, one of the country's oldest Islamic organisations, for flouting guidelines and not maintaining physical distancing.

    Authorities said around 2,000 people were found to be staying at Markaz Nizamuddin, the New Delhi headquarters of the group, founded in 1926.

    Delhi's Health Minister Satyender Jain told reporters at least 24 people staying there had tested positive for the coronavirus, while seven people who attended the congregation have reportedly died.

    Delhi police on Tuesday said they have filed cases, including criminal conspiracy, against the organisers.

    Jamaat denies allegations

    Tablighi Jamaat denied accusations it had broken social distancing laws, saying it was forced to accommodate visitors stranded by the lockdown announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24, with just four hours' notice.

    In a press statement, the group said: "A rumour started gaining ground across social media that allegedly people affected with COVID-19 are present in Markaz. It is also being circulated that certain deaths have occurred due to the same.

    "Under such compelling circumstances there was no option for Markaz Nizamuddin but to accommodate the stranded visitors with prescribed medical precautions till such time that situation becomes conducive for their movement or arrangements are made by the authorities," the statement said

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...095417048.html

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    These Tableeghis have really hit us bad, and same in India.


    I read a report that it spread amongst the Tableeghis from a 19 year old Chinese Muslim who was visiting here on an "educational tour".... maaf kardo bhai China!!!


    Dunya mein pehla pehla ke nahi thak rahay yeh chinkay


    Mein inko rolaonga

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    Tableeghi jamat should be disbanded, their methodology only produces docile muslims.

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    Tableeghi Jamat needs to be sensible.

    Many mosques worldwide have suspended gatherings/prayers. Tableeghi people shouldn't put people at risk.


    Bangladeshi Fan

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    They need to show more responsibility and be more careful rather than being stubborn and continuing as they have been over the years.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Musakhel View Post
    Tableeghi jamat should be disbanded, their methodology only produces docile muslims.
    Describe a docile muslim?

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    Quote Originally Posted by troodon View Post
    Describe a docile muslim?
    Apolitical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musakhel View Post
    Apolitical.
    You don't know tabligh jamat if that's your thought

    As for the castigating of tjs in spreading COV the same pattern has been copied from Malaysia and Indonesia which is where they have also been accused

    TJs are like borne again evangelical Muslims and they do a alot for Muslims who have trodden the wrong path especially in places like Hyderabad

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    We need similar analysis to track movements of Tableeghi Jamaat's to see their impact.


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    Inzamam-ul-Haq and Saeed Anwar - defend yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varun View Post
    Inzamam-ul-Haq and Saeed Anwar - defend yourself.
    You to inzi
    Break yourself fool 🔫

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    Quote Originally Posted by chacha kashmiri View Post
    You don't know tabligh jamat if that's your thought

    As for the castigating of tjs in spreading COV the same pattern has been copied from Malaysia and Indonesia which is where they have also been accused

    TJs are like borne again evangelical Muslims and they do a alot for Muslims who have trodden the wrong path especially in places like Hyderabad
    I know them very well, the Whole deobandi movement in itself was born out of failure and defeat, Tableeghi jamat as a revivalist movement is A failure

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    Dehli’s Nizamuddin Tableeghi markaz guys should ve been aware of the situation and should ve called of the ijtema but they ve a point that Modi shut down the city with only 4 hrs notice.

    If true, thats not enough notice for people to make their way home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight_Rider View Post
    Dehli’s Nizamuddin Tableeghi markaz guys should ve been aware of the situation and should ve called of the ijtema but they ve a point that Modi shut down the city with only 4 hrs notice.

    If true, thats not enough notice for people to make their way home.
    When the whole world is taking precautions to avoid COVID, what is the urgent need to have a conference? It is always others' fault, right?

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    I heard Tableeghis convince Muslims who don't pray to become practicing muslims. They don't try to convert non-muslims. Is it true?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight_Rider View Post
    Dehli’s Nizamuddin Tableeghi markaz guys should ve been aware of the situation and should ve called of the ijtema but they ve a point that Modi shut down the city with only 4 hrs notice.

    If true, thats not enough notice for people to make their way home.
    Not true Delhi government made rule regarding religious gathering around 12 march and later updated it around 15 or 16 march not to have more than 50 person, so they knew about it, later Delhi went into lockdown before national lockdown, they literally slept for 7 to 10 days before national lockdown, there was enough time for them before national lockdown to inform authority and arrange evacuation.

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    This is a positive story about what Islam is doing for Covid

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    Outside grocery stores in Karachi, a remarkable scene has been unfolding over the past two weeks. Instead of rushing home after shopping to avoid being exposed to coronavirus, many Pakistanis are pausing outside to offer food, money or other charity to the many people on the street with no “place” to shelter-in-place. These generous offers are often accompanied with a request to the recipient: “Pray that [the coronavirus] ends soon.”

    While travelling is on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak, BBC Travel will continue to inform and inspire our readers who want to learn about the world as much as they want to travel there, offering stories that celebrate the people, places and cultures that make this world so wonderfully diverse and amazing.

    Like many nations, Pakistan has imposed strict containment measures in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, including closing schools, banning public gatherings and shuttering all businesses that don’t sell groceries or medicine. But unlike some other countries that have ordered similar measures, the effects of a prolonged lockdown here could have much more dire economic – and potentially fatal – consequences.

    In a recent coronavirus-related address to the nation, Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, stated that “25% of Pakistanis cannot afford to eat two times a day.” As the country issues more stringent lockdown measures and forces people to stay home, many daily wage earners here – from street-food vendors to shoe-shiners – now haven’t earned a rupee in weeks, and they’re going hungry.

    In the same televised address, Khan summed up Pakistan’s grave reality: "If we shut down the cities… we save them from corona[virus] at one end, but they will die from hunger on the other side … Pakistan does not have the conditions that are in the United States or Europe. Our country has grave poverty."

    But it also has hope.

    Amid the pandemic, Pakistanis are bonding together to assist the less fortunate in a unique and inspiring way. Specifically, many are offering zakat, the traditional Muslim charity tax, for daily wage earners who have no paid leave, health insurance or financial safety net.

    In Arabic, “zakat” translates to “that which purifies”, and, according to the Five Pillars of Islam, it is one of the most important religious duties for Muslims. This mandatory alms-giving is calculated at 2.5% of a person’s annual excess wealth. Strict parameters exist outlining the nisab,or threshold, beyond which a Muslim’s assets become liable for zakat, as well as who is eligible to receive it. Stemming from the belief that this world is transient and all is bestowed from the benevolence of the Creator, zakat upholds the idea that those less fortunate have a share in everything the community temporarily owns.

    I am answerable if any of my neighbours go to bed hungry. How can I have an overstocked pantry while one of my neighbours is in need?

    While many around the world are focused on physical cleanliness during the coronavirus outbreak, Dr Imtiaz Ahmed Khan, a molecular biologist at Hamdard University in Karachi, likens zakat to a spiritual cleansing, quoting the popular Pakistani expression, “Paisa haath ki meil hai” (Money is like the dirt on one’s hands).

    “Zakat removes impurities from wealth,” Dr Khan added. “I am answerable if any of my neighbours go to bed hungry. How can I have an overstocked pantry while one of my neighbours is in need?”

    The spirit of generosity is firmly hardwired into Pakistan’s DNA. In fact, throughout the world’s 47 Muslim-majority nations, zakat contributions are typically voluntary, but Pakistan is one of only six countries in which it is mandated and collected by the government. Furthermore, according to Rizwan Hussain, author of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, “Pakistan is the only country to have been established in the name of Islam,” and this devout spirituality is reflected in its laws.

    As a nation, we might not have a lot, but we have big hearts

    According to a report by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Pakistan contributes more than 1% of its GDP to charity, placing it among “far wealthier countries like the United Kingdom (1.3%) and Canada (1.2%) and around twice what India gives relative to GDP.” And a nationwide study found that 98% of Pakistanis give to charity or volunteer their time – a figure that far exceeds the number of people who are legally obligated to offer zakat.

    “As a nation, we might not have a lot, but we have big hearts,” said M Sohail Khan, a Pakistani living in Loughborough, UK. “Just visit any village and they will open their homes to you; putting others first is our culture. We’ve seen suffering. We have empathy and compassion. We might even have too much of it, as widespread education will be required to convince the masses that social distancing is not the same as abandoning your neighbour.”

    As the coronavirus spreads, many Pakistanis have been giving far more than the required 2.5% of zakat, while others who don’t earn enough to qualify for zakat are offering as much charity as they can – and so far, these donations are being mobilised swiftly.

    Many donations go towards creating monthly raashan (ration) packets that provide daily wage earners and the less fortunate basic grocery items, such as lentils, ghee, flour, oil, sugar and tea. While they are typically distributed during Ramadan, they are now being doled out to daily wage workers affected by the economic repercussions of the pandemic. These days, they also include anti-bacterial soap.

    Faisal Bukhari has been delivering raashan packets in impoverished areas where daily wage earners need immediate relief. “There has been a massive outpouring of donations this week,” he said. “I’m getting around 20 to 25 queries or orders a day. Sometimes, I get even more.”

    Others are organising similar efforts. “In the past few days alone, we have seen many support groups mushrooming specifically for the daily wage workers and raashan packets,” said Ahmad Sajjad, who teaches at Karachi’s Institute of Business Administration. “It reminds me of the 2005 earthquake when Pakistanis came together to offer charity. This time, during lockdown, instead of relief camps on the roads, the population is leveraging social media platforms to raise funds and provide relief.”

    Sabiha Akhlaq, who runs the SSARA Foundation, an international charity organisation, underlined the gravity of Pakistan’s current situation: “It is bad out there. A man started crying [when we went to deliver raashan] because his family of four had been without food for 29 hours.”

    Echoing others, Akhlaq said that the SSARA has been receiving an influx of donations because of the Covid-19 lockdown.

    “We are delivering 200 freshly cooked meals a day, and raashan grocery packets as well. On 25 March, we delivered 125 raashan packets to members of the transgender community,” Akhlaq said. “They are the most vulnerable and at-risk segment of society. It was so heartbreaking to see their profound gratitude and sheer surprise that somebody had thought of them. They, too, have lost their means of earning.”

    Across Pakistan, appeals for donations are widely circulating on WhatsApp and social media. Women are playing a significant role by offering their houses as collection points for staple ingredients, such as flour, oil and lentils. Many have started circulating their personal phone numbers to mobilise more donations – a rare practice in Pakistan before the pandemic.

    Volunteer organisations such as the Robin Hood Army have been busy distributing surplus food from restaurants and raashan packets to those in need. And groups like Edhi Foundation and Saylani Welfare Trust have helplines and WhatsApp numbers that people can message to inform them of families in need of food.

    Anecdotally, these early efforts seem to be working. Saubia Shahid, a teacher in Karachi, said she recently tried to donate food and was told by the Robin Hood Army to try again in several weeks. “Given the overwhelming generosity of Karachiites, they asked me to reach out to them again in April or May. Until then, they said they were sorted.”

    According to a recent government survey, Pakistani banks collected Rs 7,377,678,000 (£36.8m) in zakat from the population in 2018-2019. But because a lot of zakat is given by Pakistanis directly to those in need and therefore not documented, the real figure is likely much higher.

    Pakistan, being one of the most philanthropic nations, has a somewhat diluted concept of individualism and capitalism

    This is the case currently, as many households are still paying the salaries of domestic help, despite not calling them in to work to reduce the potential for spreading the virus. Some institutions that have had unanticipated savings in overhead costs during the closure have passed the money on to locals in need. This could be the corn seller that previously sat outside of schools trying to feed his children, the vegetable vendor visiting apartment complexes with a megaphone, or the ice-block salesman that has suddenly found himself in hot water.

    “Pakistan, being one of the most philanthropic nations, has a somewhat diluted concept of individualism and capitalism,” explained Imran Baloch, a corporate banker from Pakistan. “People who are fortunate enough to belong to the ‘haves’ consciously make the effort to ease the burden of the ‘have-nots’ because they consider it their duty – a concept that rings especially true in crisis conditions, such as Covid-19.”

    It is customary for Muslims to offer zakat largely during Ramadan (which starts this year on 23 April), as spiritual blessings are said to be multiplied in this holy month. During a recent national broadcast in Pakistan about the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr Qibla Ayaz, chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology, endorsed the “early” offering of zakat to alleviate the plight of coronavirus as a noble initiative.

    In a way, the timing for the pandemic to infiltrate Pakistan couldn’t have been better. In the two months preceding Ramadan, in non-Covid conditions, it is customary for the impoverished to knock on doors and request zakat. Many underprivileged families schedule weddings or important events around this time, in the hope of financial assistance. They are hopeful now as well, and Pakistanis are not failing to deliver.

    Sundus Rasheed, a host at a Karachi radio station, said of the city’s response to the pandemic, “Karachi walas (Karachiites) do a lot of personal giving, far beyond zakat. I personally don’t have savings, which is part of the zakat threshold, but before corona got a little worse, we [distributed] hygiene packs. I live near the port where there are lots of daily wage earners. We distributed 400 packs, just through people we knew. Now, it’s coming to a point where it’s not just a pre-emptive hygiene measure, but a matter of sustenance.”

    In a sense, Pakistanis view the power of zakat and religious charity to be cosmic forces. And in the face of a pandemic, these powers are being ramped up in the hope that the crisis will end.

    We Pakistanis believe that one good deed begets another, and perhaps our generosity will spread faster than the virus. Armed with the unwavering belief that humanity at large will benefit, we are trying our best to provide a cushion to those who need assistance – and hope to those who need hope.

    These days, that’s all of us.

    http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/2020...us-in-pakistan


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    Quote Originally Posted by prakash View Post
    When the whole world is taking precautions to avoid COVID, what is the urgent need to have a conference? It is always others' fault, right?
    Watch this
    https://m.facebook.com/watch/?v=1944458322520413&_rdr

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    Quote Originally Posted by prakash View Post
    I heard Tableeghis convince Muslims who don't pray to become practicing muslims. They don't try to convert non-muslims. Is it true?
    Yeah that's their primary focus but converting is the secondary focus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight_Rider View Post
    Dehli’s Nizamuddin Tableeghi markaz guys should ve been aware of the situation and should ve called of the ijtema but they ve a point that Modi shut down the city with only 4 hrs notice.

    If true, thats not enough notice for people to make their way home.
    Delhi govt had announced that no congregation of more than 200 people was allowed. This was 13th March.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    Delhi govt had announced that no congregation of more than 200 people was allowed. This was 13th March.
    Delhi police rescued 250-300 people today from Majnu Ka Tilla Gurudwara. What do you have to say about that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhaag Viru Bhaag View Post
    Delhi police rescued 250-300 people today from Majnu Ka Tilla Gurudwara. What do you have to say about that?
    Source of this news? I am asking bcoz I am unable to find anything about it on the news or internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    These Tableeghis have really hit us bad, and same in India.


    I read a report that it spread amongst the Tableeghis from a 19 year old Chinese Muslim who was visiting here on an "educational tour".... maaf kardo bhai China!!!


    Dunya mein pehla pehla ke nahi thak rahay yeh chinkay
    I said samething yesterday, few people took it in wrong way.
    Whatever religion we cant accept.

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    Allegedly 10% of all of India's Coronavirus positive cases now have direct link to Nizamuddin event, till now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhaag Viru Bhaag View Post
    Delhi police rescued 250-300 people today from Majnu Ka Tilla Gurudwara. What do you have to say about that?
    If this was happen they should punish hardly.
    Idiots

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluevision View Post
    Allegedly 10% of all of India's Coronavirus positive cases now have direct link to Nizamuddin event, till now.
    Oh really. What’s your source?

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    @Syed1 have a problem here.Why People went to iran??? we have been screwed by iran and our shia brothers going there more than tableeghi people.Govt has failed completely here.

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    Tableeghio nay itna Islam nahin pehlaya jitna Coronovirus pahlaya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musakhel View Post
    I know them very well, the Whole deobandi movement in itself was born out of failure and defeat, Tableeghi jamat as a revivalist movement is A failure
    Tj was an offshoot movement off the deobandsand was set up by saifuddin kitchlew
    It was initially set up to counter hindu extremism

    Since zia and sharif it has come to mean all kinds of things including seceterianism


    In the UK it is linkd with very successful dar ul uloom establishments and the very respected and late yusuf motala


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    Whatever the religion, common sense has to prevail. It just seems to me that some are so blinkered they are turning a blind eye to what's going on in the world.



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    LAHORE: The number of confirmed coronavirus patients at the Raiwind Tableeghi Markaz rose to 41 on Wednesday, after 14 more preachers tested positive, whereas 15 positive cases were reported in other parts of the provincial capital during the last 24 hours.

    According to the daily situation report on coronavirus released by the Punjab health authorities, an elderly virus patient died at the Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Rawalpindi. The 83-year-old victim had arrived from England recently.

    So far total 10 patients have succumbed to the virus in Punjab, including four each in Lahore and Rawalpindi and one each in Faisalabad and Rahim Yar Khan.

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    The Tablighi Jamaat have come into the spotlight after an event they held in the Indian capital Delhi has spawned a number of Covid-19 clusters across the country. But exactly who is this group and why did they hold a big gathering in Delhi? BBC Hindi's Zubair Ahmed reports.

    Who are the Tablighi Jamaat?

    The organisation was founded in 1926 in the northern Indian region of Mewat by prominent Islamic scholar Maulana Mohammed Ilyas Kandhlawi.

    Its aim was to inculcate "true" Islam among the "Umma" (Global Islamic community) - many Muslims at the time felt that their political and religious identities were being compromised under the British Raj.

    The organisation flourished in what was then undivided India. This did not change when the country was partitioned after independence in 1947. It has a strong following in both Pakistan and Bangladesh.

    What is its mission?

    The Jamaat's founder, Mohammed Ilyas, once famously said, "Oh Muslims be good Muslims" - and that is in essence, the organisation's main objective - to promote the ideals of Islam among Muslims.

    India event sparks huge hunt for coronavirus cases

    Its members claim that it is a non-political organisation which aims to build an Islamic society based on the teachings of the Koran.

    The Jamaat sends out delegates to different countries for 40 days a year and sometimes for shorter durations. The preachers believe in person-to-person contact, so they knock on the doors of ordinary Muslims to give them the message of Islam.

    What happened in Delhi?

    The Delhi conference, an annual event, was inaugurated on 3 March though there are differing accounts of when it may have ended. What is clear is that once it ended many people - including 250 foreigners - chose to stay on.

    It is thought that some of them were carrying the Covid-19 infection, that has now been transported across the country.

    One of its members, Waseem Ahmed, told BBC Hindi that hundreds of delegates left before the lockdown came into effect on 24 March, but that more than 1,000 followers, including many foreigners, got stranded, as all modes of transport and international flights were cancelled.

    Since then, police have cleared out the hostel where these foreign nationals were staying and quarantined them in another location in Delhi. Efforts are now on in every state to trace and test people who were at the event as the number of Covid-19 cases linked to the event steadily rises. On Thursday morning, local media put that number at 389.

    How large is the group?

    Tablighi Jamaat is now a global religious movement, with followers in more than 80 countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia and the US.

    The Jamaat has its own headquarters in every country it operates in, but its global spiritual centre remains the Markaz (centre) in Delhi.

    This is housed in a multi-storey building in Nizamuddin, a prominently Muslim residential area in Delhi. The Markaz comprises a mosque and dormitories that can accommodate 5,000 people.

    The Jamaat also organises big events in other countries.

    In Bangladesh, it holds an event called the Biswa Ijtema which is believed to be the second-largest gathering of Muslims in the world after the Haj.

    The group also has some famous South Asian personalities as its followers.

    Some of its more famous followers include members of Pakistan's national cricket team, including 90s batting stars Shahid Afridi and Inzamam ul-Haq. South African cricketer Hashim Amla is also a follower.

    Former Pakistani Presidents, Farooq Legari and Mohammed Rafiq Tarar were also believed to be the followers while former Indian president Dr Zakir Hussain was also associated with the movement.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-52131338
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight_Rider View Post
    Oh really. What’s your source?
    It is 20% as per : https://m.timesofindia.com/india/378...w/74939762.cms

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    ‘Listen to doctors, avoid gatherings’: Jamaat chief in message to followers

    Maulana Saad Khandhlawi, the chief of Tablighi Jamaat, has urged the followers to cooperate with the government and follow the prescribed procedures to check the spread of coronavirus disease Covid-19.

    “We should follow the instructions given by the authorities, and listen to the doctors. For example, we should avoid gathering at places and provide support and help to the government in these times,” Khandhlawi said in an audio message posted on the group’s YouTube channel.

    “We should not go against the law, it is against our principles,” he further said in the audio message.

    The message from the Jamaat chief came amid the ongoing raids by the police in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. Khandhlawi is believed to be hiding at an undisclosed location and had earlier released an audio clip in which he had said that he is under self-quarantine.

    One of his lawyers too released a video message in which he said that this Covid-19 crisis should be taken seriously. “This is a serious thing. We should not indulge in any discussion on this, as to who is responsible for this disease. With folded hands, I urge all the countrymen to unite in fight against this disease,” said the lawyer Musharraf Ali Khan.

    Some 9,000 people were exposed to the country’s biggest infection cluster at the gathering organised by the group at its global headquarters in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area last month. The number of Covid-19 positive cases jumped by more than half to 1,965 on Wednesday, fuelled by infections among people who either attended prayers and lectures at the Jamaat’s headquarters or came into contact with them later.

    Khandhlawi claims to have over 100 crore followers in nearly 200 countries. The Nizamuddin markaz serves as the global headquarters of the Jamaat.

    His family comes from Kandhla, a place near Shamli district of western Uttar Pradesh, around 80 kilometres away from Delhi.

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    ISLAMABAD: Pakistani authorities are trying to track down 41,000 people who attended a large religious congregation in Lahore last month, and then scattered across the country.

    Of the thousands who attended the Tablighi Jamaat’s annual five-day congregation in Lahore’s Raiwind area, several later tested positive for coronavirus. Authorities are now on the lookout for the rest of the attendees to screen and test them.

    “41 people at the Tablighi Markaz in Lahore alone have tested positive till now,” a senior official, associated with the National Command and Control Center (NCCC), told Geo.tv on the condition of anonymity. “We fear that nearly 10,000 more people in 60 cities may also have symptoms.”

    To trace the men, 5,200 teams, each consisting of eight members, have been spread out across the country, to comb through mosques.

    Close to 4,500 people who attended the congregation were foreigners, who held the nationality of 26 different countries. Officials reveal that 70% of these people have already returned to their home countries.

    The annual congregation was to be held from March 10 to March 15, despite warnings from the Punjab government to call it off, in the wake of the pandemic. However, attendees gathered at the Raiwind complex for two days before calling off the event, an official explained.

    Sindh

    In Sindh, the test results of 221 Jamaat workers have arrived, of which 94 tested positive, Barrister Murtaza Wahab told Geo.tv. The results of as many as 15 are still pending.

    At least 453 foreigners, who arrived in the Sindh province to attend the congregation in Lahore, are being kept in isolation centers across the province, official data revealed.

    The foreigners from China, Indonesia, Tunis, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Turkey, and other countries are being quarantined in Sukkur and Hyderabad mosques.

    Punjab

    In Punjab, some 296 foreigners have been put in quarantine centers in Lahore, 10 in Sheikhupura, 45 in Gujranwala, 23 in Sargodha, 17 in Faisalabad, 41 in Multan and 21 in DG Khan. Five women from Nigeria are being quarantined in Kasur.

    In total, 8, 000 Jamaat’s followers are being quarantined in Punjab, according to official data.

    “2300 [Jamaat’s followers] are in various wards in Lahore,” said Danish Afzal, Deputy Commissioner Lahore. Meanwhile, Farooq Abbasi, a prominent member of the Tablighi Jamaat in Rawalpindi, said that the top leadership of Jamaat is coordinating with authorities to ensure that all their members are screened.

    Islamabad

    Seventeen positive cases recorded in Islamabad were members of the Jamaat, including six who were from Kyrgyzstan and two Palestine nationals.

    Even after the five-day event in Lahore was cancelled, members of the Jamaat kept holding social gatherings across the country. It was only on Wednesday that the leadership advised their workers to avoid assemblies and practice social distancing.

    “It is not true that our followers are the main reason for the spread of the virus in the country—we support the government’s cause,” said Naeem Butt, a leader of the Jamaat “People must stop criticizing us.”

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    Allah is angry: Tablighi Jamaat Markaz chief blames sins of mankind for coronavirus

    Totally unwanted comment in a charged atmosphere. He s putting the muslims in uncomfortable situation by making such statements at this time.

    https://www.indiatoday.in/india/stor...612-2020-04-02

    Allah is angry: Tablighi Jamaat Markaz chief blames sins of mankind for coronavirus

    • Sins of mankind responsible for coronavirus, Markaz chief has said
    • The absconding Maulana has also taken a u-turn on his earlier statement
    • He has now urged his followers to follow govt rules and observe lockdown



    In a new audio message, the chief of Tablighi Jamaat Markaz, Maulana Saad has blamed the sins of mankind for novel coronavirus which has infected over 9 lakh people around the globe including over 2000 cases in India. Maulana Mohammad Saad, in a new audio message, said, "There is no doubt that sins of human beings are responsible for this problem [novel coronavirus]. Allah is angry."
    Maulana Saad is absconding and different teams of police are tracing him in UP and Delhi. Mohammad Saad has also taken u-turn from his earlier statement where he had asked Jamaat members to ignore lockdown restrictions. In the new audio, he can be heard saying, "People should follow the guidelines and advise of doctors. I myself am in isolation and people should follow the instructions."
    Mohammad Saad has been named as an accused in the case is reportedly not traceable. The earlier audio clip, which is in possession of India Today TV, Mohammad Saad can be heard saying, "If you think you will die if you assemble in a masjid, let me tell you, there is no better place to die."
    Saad further can be heard saying, "This is not the time when you leave your prayers, meeting people just because doctors are saying. When Allah has given this disease, then no doctor or medicine can save us."
    The Delhi government and Delhi Police had instructed the Markaz authorities to vacate the premises. Markaz had informed the police on March 24 that they are following the instructions and guidelines of government as far as Covid-19 is concerned. Mohammad Saad in the audio seems to be saying otherwise.

    In the old video, Saad further tells the gathering, "This is the time when mosques should be populated. I feel pity for those who are saying that this is a time when people who should not go or stay inside mosques. This is the time when we should be not be scattered and leave mosques. If we gather inside mosques then Allah will create peace and comfort in the world."
    The government has identified 824 foreign nationals who visited Markaz and 2,361 people were evacuated on April 1. Hundreds of those who attended gathering have been tested positive for Covid-19 across the country and 606 others have symptoms of coronavirus.
    Maulana Muhammad Saad Kandhlawi, 54, is an Indian Muslim scholar and a preacher. He is a great-grandson of the Tablighi Jamat founder Muhammad Ilyas Kandhlawi.
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    Go Corona Go


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    A lot of religious “leaders” from all faiths have been spouting the same.

    Not exclusive to Muslims.

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    Problem is a lot of old folk are dyeing.

    Misdirected anger.

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    Just read the part where he said “mosques should be populated.”

    What else is there left to say.

    He has blood on his hands but he won’t be held accountable.

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    read the same by some christian the other day, TJ are hypocrytes but most religions use these pandemics as opportunities to cash in on fame.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PetroDollars View Post
    read the same by some christian the other day, TJ are hypocrytes but most religions use these pandemics as opportunities to cash in on fame.
    And to convert poor suffering folks by telling them that there is a higher purpose by giving them some meaningless explanation.

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    Why does there have to be this compulsion to insert an equivalence like oh this religion has done it too? This is a thread about the hypocrisy of this group who do have notoriety for being radical when it comes to religion and no regard for law. I am sure there is an equivalent of that but right now these folk are causing the most ruckus around the world especially subcontinent so will be interesting to know people’s views on them who are more familiar with their activities.

    Also aren’t a lot of Pakistani cricketers who change their look after their careers a part of this group too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Local.Dada View Post
    Why does there have to be this compulsion to insert an equivalence like oh this religion has done it too? This is a thread about the hypocrisy of this group who do have notoriety for being radical when it comes to religion and no regard for law. I am sure there is an equivalent of that but right now these folk are causing the most ruckus around the world especially subcontinent so will be interesting to know people’s views on them who are more familiar with their activities.

    Also aren’t a lot of Pakistani cricketers who change their look after their careers a part of this group too.
    But the thing that people like you don't understand is that this group doesn't make terrorists.
    Some happen to be prior members of this group. It doesn't mean TJ was the reason.

    The group is so big in Asia that there is bound to be some bad apples but that doesn't mean that the group itself is bad or is spreading hate

    Some cricketers are part of this group

    Your own ex president was a part of this group too

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    New Delhi: Some members of the Islamic missionary sect Tablighi Jamaat, which organised a religious gathering in Delhi linked to hundreds of coronavirus cases, face charges under the tough National Security Act (NSA) after allegations of assault on nurses and obscene behavior at a hospital in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. After the hospital's complaint to the police, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered charges under the law that allows detention without charges for up to a year if the accused are seen to threaten public order.

    "They will not follow the law, nor will they accept order. They are the enemies of humanity, what they have done with women healthcare providers is a heinous crime. We are invoking the National Security Act against them, we will not spare them," Yogi Adityanath said.

    The Tablighi members, quarantined at Ghaziabad's MMG Hospital, have also been accused of endangering staff by violating coronavirus precautions. They passed lewd comments, roamed about without clothes in the isolation ward and kept asking for beedis and cigarettes, according to a written complaint to the police by the Chief Medical Officer of the hospital.

    In Ghaziabad, officials have tracked down 136 who attended the religious gathering last month at Markaz Nizamuddin, the Delhi headquarters of Tablighi Jamaat, which is a major coronavirus hotspot linked to nearly 400 cases and at least seven deaths. Six of them had symptoms of coronavirus and were admitted to MMG hospital on March 31. One has tested positive.

    "Our nurses and paramedical staff have complained about obscene behavior by these patients," Ravindra Singh, the chief medical officer of the hospital told NDTV.

    "My staff complained many times, I spoke to the patients but they refused to listen. Finally our staff said they cannot work under such circumstances, we were compelled to send a written complaint to the police," he said.

    An FIR or First Information Report charges the Tablighi members with assault or criminal force on women, obscene acts and "malignant behavior likely to spread infection".

    Yesterday, the government in neighbouring Delhi had asked the police chief to provide forces at hospitals and quarantine facilities where members from the Nizamuddin Markaz have been put up. One member attempted suicide at a hospital and two others escaped from a quarantine facility and were later tracked down, the government said. Medical superintendents of several hospitals had complained about inmates causing a commotion and making it difficult for staff to handle them, it added.

    Several states are tracking down members of the group, who travelled across the country in the middle of the coronavirus crisis, violating all social distancing guidelines and escalating worries of COVID-19.

    There are over 2,300 coronavirus cases in India, including 56 deaths.

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    Early this week when the security establishment and health workers came close to completing the evacuation of 2,300 people from the Tablighi Jamaat headquarters in central Delhi’s, investigations led the police to conclude that there were more foreigners staying in different mosques in the national capital. On 31 March, the Delhi Police sent an urgent message to the Delhi Government. It was to seek help to locate the remaining Jamaat workers out of the city’s mosques. The police communication listed 16 mosques.

    Investigators were prepared to find 187 foreigners and two dozen Indian nationals who had shifted to the mosques after attending congregation meetings at the headquarters of the religious sect in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area.

    It turns out they were horribly wrong.

    In three days, the combined teams of police, health workers and civil servants widened the net to cover a large number of mosques and have located over 600 foreigners linked to the Jamaat in the national capital.

    And they still have some more distance to cover.

    “By the time we finish, we expect to find 200 more,” a senior Delhi government official told Hindustan Times. “At least,” he added quickly.

    The Jamaat workers have been placed in multiple government-run quarantine facilities across the national capital. The ones who were found hiding in mosques are yet to be tested. That process is expected to begin tomorrow.

    “The big fear is that many of them would turn out to be positive cases, and could have already infected many others,” the official said.

    A senior official in the Delhi government’s home department confirmed the development but underlined that he couldn’t put a number on the foreigners found. “We are still in the process of getting final reports from the field,” he told Hindustan Times.

    But there are some ballpark numbers. About 100 foreigners had been found in mosques of north-east district, 200 in south-east district, 170 in south district and 7 in west district, a senior official in the security establishment said.

    Security agencies who poured over the registers for foreigners maintained at the Markaz found 2,100 foreign nationals had touched base after landing in the country between March 1 and 18. Of them, 216 were still at the Jamaat headquarters when the crackdown took place and 824 had already left for chilla, or proselytising activities.

    “We believe that the remaining 900-odd foreigners are mostly hiding in mosques around the city,” he said, adding that they were keeping their fingers crossed.

    Officials recall that by the time they evacuated the followers from the Markaz this week, 24 people had already tested positive and nearly 200 had symptoms. The Delhi government hasn’t received all the test reports. But the Markaz-linked cases already make up for two-thirds of all coronavirus patients in Delhi.

    By this evening, the Delhi government counted 386 confirmed coronavirus cases in the city. Of them, a whopping 259 are Markaz Masjid cases. Reports from different parts of the country have also indicated that quite a few people who had attended the Nizamuddin Markaz congregation had tested positive.

    Three of Delhi’s six deaths are also linked to the Markaz, the biggest hot spot of the Covid-19 infections.

    It was an apprehension that had been expressed on the day the country woke up to over 2,000 Jamaat followers living in close proximity to each other at the seven-storey hostel-like complex at a time the entire country had been in lockdown mode. That they would have created a web of close contacts that threaten to create an explosion of cases in the country.

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    Early this week when the security establishment and health workers came close to completing the evacuation of 2,300 people from the Tablighi Jamaat headquarters in central Delhi, investigations led the police to conclude that there were more foreigners staying in different mosques in the national capital. On 31 March, the Delhi Police sent an urgent message to the Delhi Government. It was to seek help to locate the remaining Jamaat workers out of the city’s mosques. The police communication listed 16 mosques.

    Investigators were prepared to find 187 foreigners and two dozen Indian nationals who had shifted to the mosques after attending congregation meetings at the headquarters of the religious sect in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area.

    It turns out they were horribly wrong.

    In four days, the combined teams of police, health workers and civil servants widened the net to cover a large number of mosques and have located over 800 foreigners linked to the Jamaat in the national capital. And they still have some more distance to cover.

    “The big fear is that many of them would turn out to be positive cases, and could have already infected many others,” the official said.

    The Jamaat workers have been placed in multiple government-run quarantine facilities across the national capital. The ones who were found hiding in mosques are yet to be tested. That process is expected to begin in a day or two.

    A senior official in the Delhi government’s home department confirmed the development but underlined that he couldn’t put a number on the foreigners found. “We are still in the process of getting final reports from the field,” he told Hindustan Times.

    But there are some ballpark numbers from some districts. About 100 foreigners had been found in mosques of north-east district, 200 in south-east district, 170 in south district and 7 in west district, a senior official in the security establishment said.

    Security agencies who poured over the registers for foreigners maintained at the Markaz found 2,100 foreign nationals had touched base after landing in the country between March 1 and 18. Of them, 216 were still at the Jamaat headquarters when the crackdown took place and 824 had already left for chilla, or proselytising activities.

    “We believe that the remaining 900-odd foreigners are mostly hiding in mosques around the city,” he said, adding that they were keeping their fingers crossed.

    Officials recall that by the time they evacuated the followers from the Markaz this week, 24 people had already tested positive and nearly 200 had symptoms. The Delhi government hasn’t received all the test reports. But the Markaz-linked cases already make up for two-thirds of all coronavirus patients in Delhi.

    By this evening, the Delhi government counted 386 confirmed coronavirus cases in the city. Of them, a whopping 259 are Markaz Masjid cases. Reports from different parts of the country have also indicated that quite a few people who had attended the Nizamuddin Markaz congregation had tested positive.

    Three of Delhi’s six deaths are also linked to the Markaz, the biggest hot spot of the Covid-19 infections.

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    Pakistan quarantines 20,000 following Tabligh gathering in Lahore

    Pakistan has quarantined 20,000 people and is still searching for thousands more who attended a Muslim group's gathering in the city of Lahore last month despite the worsening coronavirus pandemic, officials said on Sunday.

    Authorities said they want to test or quarantine those who congregated at the event held by the missionary movement, Tablighi Jamaat, between March 10-12 over fears they are now spreading COVID-19 across Pakistan and overseas.

    More than 100,000 people went to the meeting, organisers said, undeterred by government requests for it to be cancelled as the virus hit the country.

    In northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, authorities have so far quarantined 5,300 tablighis, or Islamic preachers, who attended the meeting.

    "Health officials are conducting tests for coronavirus, and some of them have tested positive," Ajmal Wazir, a spokesman for the region, told AFP news agency on Sunday.

    Wazir said thousands of tablighis from his province were stranded in other regions because of the closure of major highways across the country.

    About 7,000 have been quarantined in the central Punjab city of Lahore, while in southern Sindh province up to 8,000 tablighis have been quarantined, government officials said.

    Dozens more have been forced to self-quarantine in southwestern Balochistan province.

    Tablighi mosques and the movement's other places of worship were shut down or marked as quarantine centres at the end of March.

    At least 154 worshippers who went to last month's Jamaat had tested positive for coronavirus, with two fatalities, authorities told AFP.

    Coronavirus has killed at least 45 people in Pakistan but, with only limited testing available, observers worry the number is far higher.

    Tablighi Jamaat is considered one of the world's largest faith-based movements, with millions of followers, particularly in South Asia, and sends preachers to countries to spread Islam's ideas.

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    New Delhi, India - On any given day, the headquarters of Muslim missionary movement, the Tablighi Jamaat, in the narrow lanes of capital New Delhi's Nizamuddin area, is full of activity, with hundreds of worshippers streaming in and out of the five-storey building.

    But, on March 22, authorities shut its doors - with about 2,500 worshippers still inside - after it emerged that a religious gathering organised by the group on March 13-15 caused the biggest coronavirus spike in India.

    Of about 4,400 COVID-19 positive cases in India, nearly a third are related to the religious gathering at the Markaz, as the Jamaat headquarters is known. The government claimed more than 8,000 people, including foreigners, visited the headquarters in early March.

    While accusing the Jamaat leadership of "carelessness" during a global pandemic, experts and civil society members also blamed the central government for its delayed response and allowing foreigners, particularly those coming from COVID-19 hotspot nations such as Malaysia and Indonesia, into India.

    There was no screening even when there were reports that some people with a history of travel to the Markaz had tested positive.

    Authorities only started screening people staying at the Markaz from March 26, a day after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a nationwide lockdown to control the pandemic.

    On March 22, the gates of the Markaz, which also acts as a dormitory for hundreds of preachers from around the world, were shut after the city-state government in Delhi announced curbs on movement of people.

    "Nobody could go out any longer," said Mohammad Jaynul Abdin, a 64-year-old worshipper who was inside the building. He was among 2,361 people the government evacuated between March 30 and April 1.

    A retired head teacher of an Islamic school in the northeastern state of Assam, Abdin has been moved to an isolation ward in New Delhi's Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital.

    "They keep putting a pipe in my nose. How many times are they going to test?" he said in a telephone call from the hospital, complaining of the diagnostic swab samples being taken.

    Meanwhile, panic gripped a large part of India as state governments launched a massive search to identify all those who had visited the Markaz and people they came into contact with later.

    As of Monday, more than 25,000 Jamaat members and their contacts had been quarantined across nearly 15 Indian states.

    "Our doubling rate is 4.1 days at present. But if additional cases reported due to the Tablighi Jamaat had not happened, then the doubling rate would have been 7.4 days," Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in India's Ministry of Health, told reporters on Sunday.

    It is unfortunate that people are calling it a conspiracy and using terms like Corona Jihad.

    But experts have warned India is not testing enough people, with an average of 93 tests per million people.

    It soon became evident that most of the infected, including more than 1,000 foreigners, had travelled to the Markaz before dispersing to different parts of the country of 1.3 billion people.


    In the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, of the total 610 COVID-19 cases, at least 570 were linked to the Markaz event.

    The state government requested that Tablighi Jamaat members identify themselves, and more than 500 attendees came forward.

    In Telangana, one of the worst-affected states, all 11 deaths were linked to the New Delhi congregation. At least 265 Jamaat members and their contacts tested positive.

    KT Rama Rao, a minister in the Telangana government, told Al Jazeera that the state had the complete list of attendees and almost all of them and their contacts had been tracked.

    In Andhra Pradesh, the state's director general of police, Damodar Gautam Sawang, told Al Jazeera that 100 attendees were infected along with 25 others who had come into contact with them. Out of 260 cases in the state, 243 had links with the Jamaat congregation.

    "We are using social influencers, religious and community elders to convince people who are reluctant to get admitted to quarantine or isolation wards," Sawang said.

    In Assam, authorities initially found it difficult to identify virus cases as families would not admit attendees had returned to the state.

    By Sunday, at least 25 tested positive, with the state's health officials not ruling out chances of community spread. More than 400 people have been quarantined out of the 835 who attended the Markaz event.

    Authorities in the Delhi government have accused the Tablighi Jamaat of ignoring their order, which barred the assembly of more than 50 people.

    In a 28-minute audio clip of a sermon posted on March 19 on Markaz's YouTube channel, Jamaat chief Maulana Saad called coronavirus an "azaab" (God's punishment) and asked his followers to run to the mosques. He also called the assertion that people gathering in the mosque will lead to more infections as "baatil khayal" (falsehood).

    In a later clip, however, he urged his followers to follow the government's guidelines on the pandemic.

    As pressure built, the Delhi Police's crime branch registered a case on March 31 under the British-era Epidemic Diseases Act, charging Maulana Saad and Markaz management with defying government regulations on social distancing. The law stipulates six months of imprisonment or a 1,000-rupee ($14) fine, or both.

    Dismissing rumours of Saad going into hiding, Mujeeb-ur-Rehman, his lawyer and Jamaat spokesman, said he responded to court summons by saying he is in self-quarantine and his whereabouts are known to authorities.

    Meanwhile, the Jamaat in a statement claimed that entry of participants was stopped immediately after restrictions were announced by the authorities on March 22.

    Rehman pointed out that it is unfair to target the Jamaat alone.

    "On March 13, the Health Ministry said it is not a health emergency. The attitude of the people in Gurudwaras (Sikh temples), temples and other religious places was also the same that it is not an emergency. It was the same attitude at the Markaz," he said, adding that a lot of people from within the country were in fact encouraged to travel back to their home states.

    In the absence of screening, many of them carried the virus back home, a fact the government only woke up to towards the end of March. "There was no screening, even when there were reports that some people with a history of travel to the Markaz had tested positive," Rehman said.

    'There was no response'

    After the Janta Curfew (public curfew) on March 22, Rehman said Jamaat officials got in touch with local officials, requesting permission to move. "On March 25, the Markaz officials met the Sub-Divisional Magistrate and demanded passes. There was no response," Rehman said.

    "Tablighi Jamaat has been as careless as the authorities of the country," Rehman told Al Jazeera.

    The government blacklisted 960 foreign nationals on Thursday for violating visa norms.

    As per government data, as many as 2,100 foreigners visited India since March for Tablighi activities. And, as recently as early March, only visitors from a few countries, including China and Italy, were being monitored.

    Several Jamaat members entered India between February 27 and March 1, after attending a massive congregation at Sri Petaling Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which later emerged as the source of several hundred COVID-19 infections in Southeast Asia.

    The Kuala Lumpur gathering was attended by some 16,500 people and kickstarted the epidemic in Malaysia as well as in Brunei, with cases traced to Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.

    Rehman did not rule out the possibility of travellers carrying the infection when they arrived at the Markaz in February and earlier.

    The first incident that should have alerted the government came on March 16, when a group of Indonesian preachers were taken to an isolation ward in Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana. The next day, the first among them tested positive. By March 21, all 10 had tested positive.

    On March 26, a preacher with no travel history died in Indian-administered Kashmir.

    Faizan Mustafa, a constitutional expert, said the Jamaat did not act appropriately and missed the writing on the wall after the Indonesian preachers tested positive in Telangana.

    Jamaat has remained an apolitical organisation since its founding in 1926 and works to encourage Muslims to practise Islam the way it is believed to have been practised at the time of the Prophet Mohammed.

    It was established in northern Haryana's Mewat area by Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Kandhlawi. Maulana Saad, its present chief, is Kandhalawi's great-grandson.

    The group was vilified by the mainstream media for its "carelessness", and the country's 200 million Muslims were blamed for spreading the virus that has killed more than 70,000 people worldwide.

    #CoronaJihad trended on Twitter, with many ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders calling the religious gathering "corona terrorism" - a term many said hinted at the Islamophobia of the governing party.

    A central minister called the Markaz gathering a "Talibani crime".

    According to a report in Time magazine, tweets with #CoronaJihad appeared nearly 300,000 times and were potentially seen by 165 million people since March 28.

    "It is unfortunate that people are calling it a conspiracy and using terms like Corona Jihad. Communalising it is not the right way. The media too has played a mischievous role," Mustafa told Al Jazeera.

    Mustafa, however, put the blame at the government's doorstep. "The governments have to demonstrate greater rationality than religious people," he said.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...052957511.html


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    Maharashtra government didn't give permission to Tableeghi Jamaat to have their congregation in Mumbai.Then how did they hold it in Delhi in March? Amit Shah controls Delhi Police, doesn't he? The Jamaatis were stupid, I won't call their acts evil or deliberate, they were foolish, complacent and selfish. Real blame lies elsewhere but we all know proper journalism would mean asking some uncomfortable questions to BJP.

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    Total number of positive cases in Tamil Nadu is almost 700, 630+ are Tableeghi Jamaat attendees. Good that the media in the state isn't spreading communal vitriol unlike the Hindi and English channels. This way more attendees will turn themselves in for quarantine and check up. They are potential sick people capable of spreading the virus, not criminals. I am ****** off with GOI which first downplayed the severity of this health crisis, delayed screening in airports, allowed international travel till so late and then allowed such a large congregation in the national capital. Inept union government led by two arrogant clowns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swashbuckler View Post
    Total number of positive cases in Tamil Nadu is almost 700, 630+ are Tableeghi Jamaat attendees. Good that the media in the state isn't spreading communal vitriol unlike the Hindi and English channels. This way more attendees will turn themselves in for quarantine and check up. They are potential sick people capable of spreading the virus, not criminals. I am ****** off with GOI which first downplayed the severity of this health crisis, delayed screening in airports, allowed international travel till so late and then allowed such a large congregation in the national capital. Inept union government led by two arrogant clowns.
    You are damn right. Do south indian news channels also sensationalize issues like this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swashbuckler View Post
    Maharashtra government didn't give permission to Tableeghi Jamaat to have their congregation in Mumbai.Then how did they hold it in Delhi in March? Amit Shah controls Delhi Police, doesn't he? The Jamaatis were stupid, I won't call their acts evil or deliberate, they were foolish, complacent and selfish. Real blame lies elsewhere but we all know proper journalism would mean asking some uncomfortable questions to BJP.
    At this point in time, any congregation of people is extremely dangerous and irresponsible, regardless of what faith or ideology the group belongs to. This is going to be the same whether the people gathering are Tableeghis, RSS, Marxists or whatever. In third world countries where social gathering is part of the culture, it is even more important that this message gets across to EVERYONE, and is not used for political point scoring.

    Covid-19 does not discriminate between religions.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhaag Viru Bhaag View Post
    You are damn right. Do south indian news channels also sensationalize issues like this?
    No, far more measured and restrained, logical, no comparison at all with godi media. In fact the state government has ordered that Covid-19 cases traced to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation be called ‘single source’ of infection so as not to target some community. EPS also warned against communal rhetoric, we shouldn't demonize any community, these aren't criminals we are dealing with. They are just scared people who need assurance and encouragement to co-operate. Even Kerala govt and their media houses are being very responsible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cpt. Rishwat View Post
    At this point in time, any congregation of people is extremely dangerous and irresponsible, regardless of what faith or ideology the group belongs to. This is going to be the same whether the people gathering are Tableeghis, RSS, Marxists or whatever. In third world countries where social gathering is part of the culture, it is even more important that this message gets across to EVERYONE, and is not used for political point scoring.

    Covid-19 does not discriminate between religions.
    Completely agree.

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    South Indians need to stop taking a dig at North/Hindi media and need to have a hard look at themselves in the mirror. Propganda and hate politics of South is known to all, especially in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Blaming BJP/Center is the only job for the left/Congress rulling govt there. Well, these rhetorics may sell in Pakpassion but people of India knows the truth very well.

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    The Enforcement Directorate has filed a money laundering case to investigate the entire funding of Tablighi Jamaat Markaz at Nizamuddin, both from within India and abroad, using which it organises religious congregations and travel of foreigners to different states, two officials confirmed to HT.

    The central anti-money laundering probe agency has initiated its probe under Prevention of Money Laundering Act on the basis of a Delhi Police Crime Branch FIR registered against Tablighi Jamaat chief Maulana Muhammad Saad and five others under the Epidemic Disease Act of 1897 and Indian Penal Code after it was found that the Jamaat members flouted the nationwide lockdown.

    A separate case for culpable homicide was also registered by the Delhi Police against Saad. He has been named accused by the ED as well under the PMLA.

    According to the government, Tablighi Jamaat members were the reason for almost 35% Covid-19 positive cases in India till April 7 and close to 26,000 contacts of Tablighis were in quarantine across the country.

    Around 1800 foreign Tablighi workers have also been blacklisted by the ministry of home affairs for violating their visa conditions.

    One of the officials cited above said that ED will focus on whether donations received by Markaz were part of money laundering and if it was moved through hawala or non-banking channels.

    “For this, we will examine all their financial transactions, travel details, usage of money in different events and identify the handlers of money. Saad and his associates will also be summoned soon,” said the officer.

    Saad has claimed so far that he is in self-quarantine and hasn’t joined Delhi Police investigation.

    Earlier this month, Jamaat had issued a statement in which it denied allegations against the organisation.

    A senior government official said that Income Tax department may also soon start looking into possible non-declaration of income, tax evasion by the trustees of Tablighi Jamaat and channeling of funds for personal gains.

    The Delhi government and Delhi Police have maintained that Tablighi Jamaat members were asked much in advance to vacate the Markaz at Nizamuddin, but they violated the directions risking many lives.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/india...TcqpjPnoN.html


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    429 Tableeghi Jamaat members in Sindh have tested positive so far, result of 91 awaited

    At least 429 Tableeghi Jamaat members in Sindh have tested positive for Covid-19 so far, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has confirmed, adding that the test results of 91 more members were awaited.

    The chief minister revealed that 132 of the 209 new cases reported today were from Tableeghi Jamaat members. Shah added that members who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 were being kept in isolation to control the spread of the virus.

    The chief minister further said that there were some 4692 Tableeghi Jamaat members in the province and tests of 4653 had been conducted so far.


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    The chief the Tablighi Jamaat, Maulana Saad, tells Hindustan Times in an interview through his lawyer that he is willing to cooperate with the police, and that no illegal activity took place at the Markaz building, which is the biggest Covid-19 hot spot in India. Edited excerpts:

    Is it true that you organised Ijtema without permission?

    Do not confuse Ijtema with normal day-to-day activities and religious programmes held in Markaz Nizamuddin. Ijtema is generally a large congregation which is held in open public spaces for which proper permissions are taken from the concerned authorities.

    Markaz Nizamuddin is basically a masjid namely Bangle Wali Masjid, where normal religious sermons are given on a daily basis throughout the year. Being a masjid, I don’t think there is any requirement to seek permission to give sermons or to have other religious discourses within the building.

    Is it true that you’re not supporting the police investigation?

    This is completely misplaced. We have always maintained that it is necessary to cooperate in every manner with the authorities; this has been our history of a hundred years. It is out of question that there would be no support to the investigating authorities. So far whatever notices we have received from Delhi Police have been duly replied to.

    Why are you silent about the accusations against you?

    As advised by doctors, I was in self-quarantine, with the police aware of the fact and my whereabouts. We are not experts of social media or the optics of building a narrative, so it may not have reached all, but I immediately addressed Tabligh members, wherever they are, to come forward and cooperate with authorities in the measures they are taking to eliminate the Covid risk, whether it’s quarantine, isolation, or testing.

    What about the alleged unaccounted foreign funding to the Jamaat? ED has registered a case against you in this regard.

    This is completely baseless and false. We take pride in the fact that no illegal activity has ever happened at Markaz and we shall always keep it that way. We are yet to receive any notice in this regard; all such accusations exist only in the media. I am sure that I will be able to give a satisfactory explanation for any such accusation, but for that, I should first be aware of what is the allegation, if any.

    Some foreign jamaatis are charged of violation of visa regulations because they travelled on tourist visas. Why did the Markaz allow it to happen?

    People have been coming to our country in this manner for decades with the same set of permissions, and the authorities have never pointed this out as an issue. We always report the presence of foreigners in Markaz Nizamuddin to police authorities; this has been the practice for decades. In my limited understanding, I fail to see how it would amount to a violation of the visa rule. Markaz neither invites any foreigner nor does it sponsor any visa for foreigners.

    Is the Markaz responsible for the spread of the disease in India?

    It’s unfortunate that a few members have tested Covid positive, but an overwhelming majority of TJ members have tested negative too; does that make Markaz “responsible for the disease”? You must also constantly ask this question to yourself -- when was the first Covid case reported in India; and what actions were taken? How many other places saw much larger gatherings during late February and all throughout March, and can they be held responsible for disease?

    There was a pre-scheduled event in March for which participants had started arriving from far-off places. Till late February, and even middle March, everything was going on as normal. As soon as the janta curfew took place, we discontinued the programme and evacuated the participants.

    Several Muslim leaders are demanding a ban on the Jamaat.

    I don’t know about any such demand. I would like to say that I’ve been informed that in some cases, where patients who had tested positive for Covid-19, and have since recovered, their plasma can be used for treatment. I urge my friends from TJ who have been successfully treated to donate their plasma to patients of any caste or religion who are still fighting this disease.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/india...x3qR6DLoM.html


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    And whats this?

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    The annual Amarnath Yatra in the south Kashmir Himalayas was shelved on Wednesday only to be revived a short while later by the Jammu and Kashmir administration saying the cancelling order stands withdrawn.

    Earlier, on February 13 when Covid-19 outbreak had not reached the country, the government decided to hold 42-day long annual pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine.

    The pilgrimage had to start from June 23 and had to conclude on August 3 on the day of Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan).

    Last year, the duration of the yatra was 40 days while in 2018 the pilgrimage had a duration of 60 days.

    In an official statement titled “Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2020 cancelled due to outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic”, a spokesman said that the decision was taken at the 38th Board meeting of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) which met under the chairmanship of Lt Governor G C Murmu at Raj Bhavan.

    However, he said the board decided that the Pratham Pooja’ and ‘Sampann Pooja’ would be done with traditional fervor.

    Later, within half an hour, another official statement was issued which read, “The Press Note titled Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2020 cancelled due to outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic may be treated cancelled and withdrawn.”

    Earlier, Murmu, who is also chairman of the SASB, had said there were 77 red zones identified in the Kashmir valley from where the pilgrimage passed.

    “Due to this pandemic, the establishment of langars, medical facility, camp establishment, material mobilization and snow clearance are not possible,” he said.

    “Though Government of India extended the nationwide lockdown till May 3, it is highly unpredictable to know which direction it will take later. The safety of the pilgrims is of prime importance,” he said.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/india...ageI0DT0O.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    And whats this?

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    The annual Amarnath Yatra in the south Kashmir Himalayas was shelved on Wednesday only to be revived a short while later by the Jammu and Kashmir administration saying the cancelling order stands withdrawn.

    Earlier, on February 13 when Covid-19 outbreak had not reached the country, the government decided to hold 42-day long annual pilgrimage to the holy cave shrine.

    The pilgrimage had to start from June 23 and had to conclude on August 3 on the day of Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan).

    Last year, the duration of the yatra was 40 days while in 2018 the pilgrimage had a duration of 60 days.

    In an official statement titled “Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2020 cancelled due to outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic”, a spokesman said that the decision was taken at the 38th Board meeting of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) which met under the chairmanship of Lt Governor G C Murmu at Raj Bhavan.

    However, he said the board decided that the Pratham Pooja’ and ‘Sampann Pooja’ would be done with traditional fervor.

    Later, within half an hour, another official statement was issued which read, “The Press Note titled Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2020 cancelled due to outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic may be treated cancelled and withdrawn.”

    Earlier, Murmu, who is also chairman of the SASB, had said there were 77 red zones identified in the Kashmir valley from where the pilgrimage passed.

    “Due to this pandemic, the establishment of langars, medical facility, camp establishment, material mobilization and snow clearance are not possible,” he said.

    “Though Government of India extended the nationwide lockdown till May 3, it is highly unpredictable to know which direction it will take later. The safety of the pilgrims is of prime importance,” he said.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/india...ageI0DT0O.html
    The yatra starts on June 23. More than two months from now. A decision will be taken closer to the date.

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    Tablighi Jamat chief Maulana Saad has completed the 14-day quarantine and got himself tested for coronavirus disease Covid-19, his lawyer Fuzail Ayyubi has told Hindustan Times.

    “He has completed his quarantine and undergone a test. The report is awaited,” said Ayyubi.

    When asked if Maulana Saad is going to present himself to the police for questioning, his lawyer said, “The Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) does not ask someone to go and present himself that ‘ok, here I am’. There are steps to be taken by the police, and those steps have already been taken even during his quarantine.”

    “His house was searched in the presence of his son. He got two notices and he responded to those notices. He was asked to undergone the test, and he has undergone the test,” Ayyubi added.

    He also said that Maulana Saad is communicating with the authorities.

    In an earlier interview to Hindustan Times, the Tablighi chief had told through his lawyer that he is willing to cooperate with the police, and that no illegal activity took place at the group’s markaz (centre), which is the biggest Covid-19 hotspot in India.

    “Markaz Nizamuddin is basically a masjid namely Bangle Wali Masjid, where normal religious sermons are given on a daily basis throughout the year. Being a masjid, I don’t think there is any requirement to seek permission to give sermons or to have other religious discourses within the building,” he had said.

    Maulana Saad also said in his response that it’s unfortunate that a few members have tested Covid-19 positive, but an overwhelming majority of the group’s members tested negative too. “Does that make Markaz responsible for the disease?”

    Police had filed a criminal case against Maulana Saad and six other top officials of the Jamaat on March 31 for defying a series of government directives, which curbed religious and large gatherings, issued to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease Covid-19 in the national capital.

    Delhi Police officers, requesting anonymity, had confirmed to Hindustan Times that they had added Section 304 in the FIR against Maulana Saad. Section 304 of the IPC, related to culpable homicide not amounting to murder, is a stringent section, unlike the other sections of Epidemic Diseases Act which had been levied in the FIR initially.

    His family haa, however said that the Tablighi Jamaat chief can join investigation on a three-day notice.

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    Branded as Virus 'Super Spreaders', These Recovered Tablighis Offer Blood Plasma for Serious Patients

    New Delhi: A congregation of Islamic missionaries, the Tablighi Jamaat event, held in the national capital on March 23 was without a doubt India's worst coronavirus vector.

    Of over 23,000 Covid-19 positive cases in India, nearly a fifth are related to the religious gathering at the Markaz, the Jamaat headquarters located in Delhi's Nizamuddin. Soon after the incident came to light, the missionary group's leader Maulana Saad Kandhavli was booked for culpable homicide and was labelled "careless and criminal".

    This led to some sections of the society severely criticising the minority community, and blaming them for the spread of the pandemic in the country. Since then, the community has faced a spate of violence, boycott and hate speeches, which has only worsened.

    But with the onset of the holy month of Ramzan, the members of this community are coming forward to help the same people they are accused of infecting.

    Maulana Saad, the jamaat chief, recently appealed to coronavirus survivors to donate blood plasma for infected people. He also urged all Muslims to pray at home during Ramzan.

    Today as Delhi government struggles to find donors for the Convalescent Plasma Therapy (that seems to be a ray of hope in fighting Covid-19 battle), CM Arvind Kejriwal has appealed to all people, regardless of religion, who have recovered from the coronavirus disease to come forward and donate plasma for serious Covid-19 patients.

    Sources in the Delhi Health Department have told News18.com that of 1,068 coronavirus positive Tablighis in Delhi hospitals, around 300 (who have recovered after testing double negative) have decided to donate plasma to severely ill patients in the capital.

    After opening their fast on the first day of Ramzan in Delhi hospitals, Tablighi Jamat members had given their samples. Out of them, around 300 have come negative — 190 in Narela, 51 in Sultanpur and 42 in Mangoli. The state government will soon be getting consent signed from the members for Plasma Donation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post

    Members of an Indian Islamic organisation are volunteering to donate blood for plasma therapy after their congregation sparked dozens of Covid-19 clusters across the country.

    More than 1,000 positive cases were linked to the Tablighi Jamaat event.

    The incident caused massive outrage and led to reports of Islamophobia from across the country.

    Plasma therapy involves transfusing antibody-rich blood into Covid-19 patients.

    What happened after the Delhi event?

    With the emergence of Covid-19 clusters across India directly linked to the event, there was massive outrage against the organisation and Muslims in general.

    Police said that the Tablighi Jamaat had ignored two orders to stop its event - attended by hundreds - even after India went into lockdown to stop the spread of the virus.

    They then filed manslaughter charges against the Jamaat chief, Mohammed Saad Kandhlawi.

    There were reports of harassment of Muslims from many parts of the country.

    Some local media ran campaigns, calling Tablighi Jamaat members "viruses" and "carriers of coronavirus". Hashtags, such as "Coronjihad" trended on social media with many people saying members had deliberately infected themselves to transmit others in crowded areas, even comparing them to suicide bombers.

    The incessant attacks on the community led to sharp reactions in the United Arab Emirates last week, with many questioning India's secularism on social media platforms. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also appealed for unity tweeting to say the virus knew no religion.

    How does plasma therapy work?

    When a person has Covid-19, their immune system responds by creating antibodies, which attack the virus.

    Over time these build up and can be found in the plasma, the liquid portion of the blood.

    However, it is still in a trial stage in many countries including India, which is testing it in a few states before approving it for wider use.

    Several hospitals have said it has yielded "encouraging" results, with some severely ill patients recovering after being administered plasma therapy.

    "At the moment, we give plasma therapy only to those critically ill corona patients who are not able to produce antibodies against the virus in their bodies because they have underlying conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension," said Dr Tauseef Khan, who works in the department of infectious diseases in a government hospital in in the northern city of Lucknow.

    Farooq Basa, from the southern state of Tamil Nadu, was among the first 10 Jamaat volunteers who donated plasma on Sunday, the first day of the campaign.

    "The media had demonised us after some of us had tested positive for the virus. But by the grace of Allah this will help improve our image," he told the BBC.

    Anas Sayed, who also donated blood on Sunday said: "We had a difficult few weeks when everyone went after us and held us responsible for the spread of the virus. When the Maulana made the appeal we decided to volunteer."

    Dr Shoaib Ali, who has been at the forefront of the volunteering campaign, said he believed 300-400 recovered Jamaat members would be donating plasma over the next several days in Delhi alone.

    Dr Ali added that the Jamaat donors were only doing their duty as citizens and rejected the claim it was an exercise in damage control.

    "These people would have come forward to donate anyway as they are god fearing and are taught the spirit of sacrifice," he said.

    Meanwhile there have been apprehensions that Hindus would reject the plasma donated by the Tablighis, prompting Delhi Chief Minister Aravind Kejriwal to emphasise that "when god created earth, he just created human beings. Every human has two eyes, one body, their blood is red, and plasma."

    It is unclear if and how many people have been treated with plasma therapy since the donation drive began.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-52452468


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    Izhar Ahmad has completed almost a month under quarantine, double the period he was supposed to be in the government isolation ward in the Indian capital, New Delhi, but he wonders why has he still not been allowed to go home.

    "It has been almost a month and three coronavirus tests done on me which came out negative, but I am still here in this centre, not allowed to meet my family or friends," Ahmad, 40, told Al Jazeera from the quarantine centre in Delhi's Wazirabad area.

    Ahmad is among thousands of members of a Muslim missionary organisation, Tablighi Jamaat, who were quarantined across the country, after a Jamaat event in Delhi they attended in early March was linked to coronavirus infections.

    Hostile media campaign

    Since then Jamaat members have been subjected to a hostile media campaign with Hindu far-right groups accusing the Muslim community of spreading the virus, which has killed more than 200,000 people worldwide.

    #CoronaJihad trended on Twitter, with many ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders calling the religious gathering "corona terrorism" - a term many said hinted at the Islamophobia of the governing party.

    Ahmad, 40, who was picked up by police on April 1 from Shastri Park in eastern Delhi, said four to six people were being housed together in makeshift rooms with a lack of fans, making conditions "stuffy and humid".

    He also expressed frustration over the lack of food for suhoor (the pre-dawn meal during Ramadan) and iftar (Muslims break their fast at sunset with a meal called iftar), making it difficult to observe the fast during the holy month.

    "They don't provide food at the time of suhoor and when it's time to break our fast, we are given dates and two bananas," he told Al Jazeera.

    "We want to go home, there is no reason for them to keep us here, especially when I have been tested negative three times."

    Ibrahim Sultan, who is at the same camp, said he had twice tested negative. "They have taken another test and I am awaiting results," he said.

    "I want to go back to my family if I don't have corona, we are just waiting here in these poor conditions and it's getting difficult for us in the time of Ramadan."

    Highlighitng the poor conditions at the quarantine centres, Delhi Minorities Commission's chairman Zafarul Islam Khan on Tuesday demanded the release of Muslims who were kept at the quarantine centres beyond 14 days.

    In a letter to Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Khan also claimed that facilities for food and medicines at the camps were poor and needed attention.

    Earlier this month, two people associated with Tablighi Jamaat died at the Wazirabad quarantine centre, according to local media reports. They were suffering from diabetes and were allegedly not provided with food on time.

    "It has been 28 days that these people are still in quarantine centres, they are not giving any reason on why they are not being released," Khan told Al Jazeera, adding that Jain has replied to none of his letters.

    "After our intervention, some fans were provided in the camps and sufficient food."

    Al Jazeera tried to contact Health Minister Jain and several other leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which governs in Delhi, but could not reach them. One AAP leader, who wished to remain anonymous, dubbed the accusation of poor conditions in quarantine centres as a "lie".

    Jamaat members donate plasma

    Despite enduring a vilification campaign, more than 200 Jamaat members who have recovered from COVID-19 have volunteered to donate plasma for the treatment of other patients.

    This came after Jamaat head Muhammad Saad Kandhlawi, who is facing criminal charges for organising the March gathering in Delhi, released a statement on Tuesday, requesting Jamaat members donate their blood plasma.

    The plasma can only be collected from people who have tested positive and later recovered. Some doctors say people who have recovered from the virus may develop antibodies in their blood, called convalescent plasma, that could be used to fight the disease, although some scientists refute this.

    Jamaat has now been hailed by some media as "super savers", weeks after being called "super spreaders".

    "I donated plasma today [Wednesday] as I want to help find a cure for this unforgiving virus and help people who are suffering from it," Abdul Manan told Al Jazeera.

    "If this is the way to help our country in fighting the virus, I am happy to do it several more times if required."

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...070226510.html


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    Initial investigation by the Delhi Police Crime Branch has found that an audio clip mentioned in the police FIR against Markaz Nizamuddin head Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, which suggested he had asked Tablighi Jamaat members not to follow social distancing norms and prohibitory orders, may be “doctored” and stitched together using several audio files.

    Police have now sent all the individual audio clips as well as the allegedly doctored clip to a forensic science laboratory.

    Saad and six other people associated with the management committee of the Alami Markaz Banglewali Masjid, the headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat outfit, had been booked by the Delhi Police on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder (IPC Section 304) for allegedly going ahead with a gathering of around 2,000 people at the mosque in the Capital’s Nizamuddin West in late March despite warnings from authorities.

    The event has been linked to a number of Covid-19 cases across the country.

    The FIR was registered on the basis of a complaint by SHO (Hazrat Nizamuddin) Mukesh Walia, who alleged that “an audio recording purportedly by Maulana Mohd Saad was found in circulation on WhatsApp on March 21, in which the speaker was heard asking his followers to defy the lockdown and social distancing, and to attend the religious gathering of the Markaz”.

    Highly placed sources told The Indian Express that police recovered a laptop from the Markaz member who put out their audio clips, and had gone through all. “After scanning them, police found there are over 350 audio clips in three forms — raw clips of Markaz events; audio clips sent to their followers; and ones uploaded on their YouTube channel,” a source said.

    A team led by Inspector Satish Kumar, that has been trying to find the specific audio which went viral and was mentioned in the FIR, has so far recovered no such clip from the laptop. On the other hand, the investigators found that Saad’s comments on police and religion from other events had been taken out of context and doctored.

    In the audio clip mentioned in the FIR, a man can be heard saying “there is no need for social distancing as it is not written about in our religion”. “The investigation team noticed that the viral audio is a mix of several clips, which have been edited and doctored. They heard all audio clips again and found that statements from around 20 had been used. Kumar informed his seniors about the development and was asked to send all clips as well as the viral audio to the FSL for further examination,” a source said.

    Earlier, Special CP (Crime) Praveer Ranjan had said, “We have found an audio clip going viral on social media, and are now sending it to forensic experts. We are gathering evidence to substantiate that they went ahead with the event despite warnings by several agencies.” On Friday, he did not take calls or respond to messages.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/in...olice-6400994/


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    COVID-19: MP Court Sends 69 Tablighi Jamaat Members to Judicial Custody


    Bhopal: In the past two days, the Bhopal district court has sent 69 people, including 54 foreigners associated with Tablighi Jamaat to jail for “spreading coronavirus” in Madhya Pradesh state capital.

    This is the first instance in the country where someone has been sent to the jail for spreading the virus.

    A bench of Justice Suresh Sharma ordered 14-day judicial custody for the 51 members of Tablighi Jamaat on Friday, while 18 members were sent to jail a day earlier on May 14 until May 27. The court also revoked their bail pleas.

    According to the police, they have been booked under Sections 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (Negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), 270 (Malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 51 of National Disaster Management Act. Besides, the 54 foreigners have also been slapped with section 13 and 14 of Foreigners Act, 1946 and their passports have been seized by the court.

    Cases against all 69 Jamaat members were registered at various police stations of the State capital, Aishbagh (23), Piplani (14), Mangalwara (10), Shamla Hills (14) and Talaiya (8), soon after the news of New Delhi Nizamuddin Markaz religious congregation came to fore.

    According to the district police, they returned to Bhopal after participating in the religious event, and allegedly hid their travel history which led to the massive jump in Covid-19 cases in the State capital.

    The Bhopal police presented them in the court after keeping them in a month-long quarantine after registering FIRs against them. More members will be presented in the court, claimed a senior official of Bhopal police.

    The 54 foreigners who have been sent to judicial custody belong to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Myanmar, South Africa, Tanzania, Canada, London, Pennsylvania, while the remaining 15 Indians are from Bihar, Maharashtra, Haryana and Bhopal, said the police reports.

    The court has asked the concerning police stations to submit the chargesheet within 60 days after the investigation. “Some other cases of Tablighi Jamaat members are also in the queue,” said District Prosecution Officer, Rajendra Upadhyay.

    Despite several attempts, Chief Superintendent of Police (Kotwali) Bittu Sharma, in-charge of Tablighi Jamaat case, did not respond to the calls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post

    wonder if the usual supsect show up and somehow put a spin on this too. I dont know what drives them? is it the hatred towards muslims or sheer blind love for themselves (superior race perhaps), cant even say its patriotic, as they are their own coutnrymen


    عبدي أنت تريد ، وأنا أريد ، ولا يكون إلا ما أريد ، فإن سلمت لي فيما تريد كفيتك ما تريد

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