Saudi Arabia Imposes Ban on Tablighi Jamaat, Calls it ‘Danger to Society’


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NEW DELHI – The government of Saudi Arabia has imposed a ban on the Tablighi Jamaat, calling it a “danger to society” and “one of the gates of terrorism”.

The government has asked the mosque preachers to warn people against the group.

“His Excellency the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dr.#Abdullatif Al_Alsheikh directed the mosques’ preachers and the mosques that held Friday prayer temporary to allocate the next Friday sermon 5/6/1443 H to warn against (the Tablighi and Da’wah group) which is called (Al Ahbab),” read a tweet, dated December 6, by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs.

The ministry, in a series of tweets, has listed four topics for the preachers to include in the sermon:

1- Declaration of the misguidance, deviation and danger of this group, and that it is one of the gates of terrorism, even if they claim otherwise.

2- Mention their most prominent mistakes.

3- Mention their danger to society.

4- Statement that affiliation with partisan groups, including (the Tablighi and Da’wah Group) is prohibited in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Significantly, this organization came into existence in India around 1926. Tablighi Jamaat is a Sunni Islamic missionary movement. This organization works for Muslims to return to Sunni Islam and give religious teachings.

It is estimated that it has between 350 and 400 million members worldwide. They collectively claim that they focus exclusively on religion and strictly avoid political activities and discussions.

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