Did Saudi Arabia ban Tableeghi Jamaat? Here’s all you need to know

01:05 PM | 13 Dec, 2021
Did Saudi Arabia ban Tableeghi Jamaat? Here’s all you need to know

RIYADH – Top Indian media outlets have drawn mockery for publishing fake news claiming Saudi Arabia banned the Islamic movement Tableeghi Jamaat, a transnational Sunni Islamic missionary movement.

Indian media, which act as a puppet of Hindu nationalist party BJP, has a long story of spreading fake news which was refuted repeatedly, and this time the group carried dozens of stories claiming that the Kingdom’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs has called upon its mosques to allocate the next Friday sermon to warn against the group’s misguidance, deviation, and danger.

In reality, the group that is mentioned is not Tableeghi Jamaat which continues its operations from the South Asian region but the tweet shared by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs mentioned a group named Al-Ahbab [The Tablighi and Da’wah Group] which is reportedly a militant group having tentacles in the largest country in the Middle East.

The stories posted by Indian media outlets didn’t mention the Al-Ahbab group which Kingdom said is one of the gates of terrorism, even if they claim otherwise. The group is said to be an offshoot of Al-Qaeda.

Meanwhile, the Islamic seminary Darool Uloom Deoband, which is credited with initiating one of the most influential global Islamic networks, has condemned the reported decision of Saudi Arabia to ban the Islamic missionary movement.

Officials also urged Saudi officials to release other details of the banned organisation to debunk false accusations.

Another major factor that debunks the Indian propaganda is that no leading publication of the Middle East or Western country reported such claims.     

Last year, Indian authorities blamed the discovery of COVID-19 with Tableeghi Jamaat members which led to a vicious hate campaign not only against the organisation but also Muslims in general, who were accused by a large section of mainstream media of being solely responsible for the novel virus outbreak in the South Asian country.

Indian newspaper dubbed Tableeghi Jamaat members as ‘super spreaders’ and accused them of carrying out a ‘corona jihad’ to deliberately spread the virus.

BJP influenced media reports also falsely accused them of misbehaving with medical staff at various quarantine facilities.

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As misinformation and conspiracy theories flooded media platforms, there were even calls for a social boycott of Muslims, followed by attacks on Tablighi Jamaat members across the country.

The campaign against Tableeghi Jamaat all over India, and by extension against all Muslims in the country, was a byproduct of the hate politics of the ruling dispensation helped by the lapdog media and an army of social media workers.

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