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Saudi Arabia bans Tablighi Jamaat, calls it a gateway to terrorism

Saudi Arabia bans Tablighi Jamaat, a Sunni Islamic organisation, in the country and also calls it one of the gateway of terrorism. (Photo: @AdalatLive twitter handle)

Saudi Arabia’s minister of Islamic Affairs, Abdul Latif bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh has asked  the preachers of mosques in which Friday prayers are held to allocate them “to warn against the Tablighi and Dawah group” and “to show its misguidance, deviation, and danger.”

The Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs said in its order issued to clerics of mosques that  they must warn people Tablighi Jamaat is “one of the gates of terrorism' & danger to society.”

The order directed that the sermon include the following topics:

Declaration of the misguidance, deviation and danger of the Tablighi Jamaat, and that it is one of the gates of terrorism, even if they claim otherwise.

Mention their most prominent mistakes

Following the royal order, the preachers of the mosques of the kingdom, dedicated the Friday sermon to inform people of the most prominent mistakes of Tablighi and Dawah group, and its danger to society, stressing that belonging to this group is prohibited in Saudi Arabia.

The Grand Mufti of the Kingdom explained the royal order and said the statement that affiliation with partisan groups, including the Tablighi and Dawah Group is prohibited in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The members of this group are withdrawn and closed in on themselves, and they are only accompanied by those who are in their way. They follow the idea of ”eternity to the earth” and follow “mystical” behaviours that have nothing to do with useful science,” said the Grand Mufti.

Tablighi Jamaat is an orthodox missionary movement that started in India in 1926 during the British-era. It urges fellow Muslims to follow the religion particularly in matters of ritual, dress, and personal behaviour. The group is estimated to have between 350 to 400 million adherents worldwide.

Tablighi Jamaat has had a long history of ties with Pakistan-based banned terror outfits like Harkat-ul-Mujahideen. The original founders of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), the terror group known for the hijacking of Indian Airlines Flight IC 814 in 1999, were members of Tablighi Jamaat, according to  Pakistani security analysts and Indian investigators. The intelligence estimates that over 6,000 Tablighi adherents were trained in Harkat-ul-Mujahideen terrorist camps in Pakistan.

According to the Russian intelligence, its counter terrorism agency had arrested of seven Tablighi members and dismantled the terrorist cell affiliated to the Tablighi Jamaat which is banned in Russia.

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