At a time when the medical fraternity was having difficulty finding treatment for the pandemic and asking people to ensure social detachment, the Tabligh-Maulanas organized a religious community of 2,000 people, said the governor of Kerala.
- Last update: March 31, 2020, 7:23 p.m.
New Delhi: The Kerala governor, Arif Mohammad Khan, fought in the Tabligh-e-Jamaat, a Muslim body, for organizing a massive religious community in Nizamuddin in the state capital, at a time when the coronavirus crisis is wreaking havoc worldwide.
After the death of at least nine participants and several positive COVID-19 tests, the centuries-old center has developed into one of the largest virus hotspots in India.
Speaking to CNN-News18, Khan refused to recognize the Tabligh’s Maulanas as a scholar of religion, claiming that members of the organization viewed government efforts to distance themselves as a conspiracy behind the closure of mosques.
While there was a bar in the Jamaat where Namaz could be offered, a gathering of so many people was allowed, Khan said, adding that those with common sense would be cautious at these times.
“We don’t need a special appeal to be careful in these times. I would not call her a religious scholar and I would support her with a prophetic narrative. “Alim wo hota ha jo apne zamane ka jaanne wala ho” (a scholar is one who is aware of the times in which he lives and acts accordingly), “said the governor.
“Knowing some facts alone is not enough to be an Alim. An Alim was defined as the one who knows what is happening. I don’t know if the Tablighis can fall into this category. These people have made every effort to keep people away from knowledge and to promote superstition. They want to make sure that people don’t know what’s going on in the world. “
The Markaz (center) in Nizamuddin has been the international headquarters of Tabligh-e-Jamaat for 100 years. Over 2,000 delegates, including from Indonesia and Malaysia, attended the meeting from March 1 to 15.
Several people have tested positive cases with links to the meeting. So far, nine people across the country have been linked to the event at the mosque – six in Telangana, one in Srinagar, one in Mumbai and one in Tumkuru in Karnataka. It was sealed on Tuesday and a team of WHO officials and doctors work there.
When asked about the organizers who were hiding the assembly’s information from the administration, Khan said, “Not only did they hide the information, they also made fun of the continuing concerns (about the corona virus). A vaccine (to treat the virus) has not yet been found. We do not know the behavior pattern of the virus. Why do we practice social distancing? This is because the medical community was unable to find out the behavior of the virus. And here we have such an event. The Tablighi members see it as a conspiracy to close mosques, ”said Khan.