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Saudi Arabia bans Tablighi Jamaat, calls it ‘One of the gates of terrorism’

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Saudi Arabia stuns the Islamic world as it banned the Tablighi Jamaat, the Islamist proselytising movement, calling it “one of the gates of terrorism” and a “danger to society”.

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With the ban, the group will face a slow death in many parts of the world because Saudi’s charities have been the chief source of funds for the movement which was launched in India to “purify” Islam. However, some governments may also follow Saudi, but countries like Malaysia and Indonesia, Bangladesh and Pakistan, which have substantial Tablighi populations, may find it difficult to do so.

The country’s Minister of Islamic Affairs made an announcement on social media directing the mosques to warn people against associating with them during the Friday sermon.

Saudi Arabia’s ministry of Islamic affairs tweeted, “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).”

The Saudi government also asked mosques to inform people about the danger that Tablighi Jamaat poses to society.

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Minister Dr Abdullatif Al Al-Sheikh also directed that the should include a declaration of the “misguidance, deviation and danger of this group” and note that it is one of the “gates of terrorism, even if they claim otherwise.”

In addition, it should mention their “most prominent mistakes”, that they are a “danger to society” and issue a statement that “affiliation with partisan groups, including (the Tablighi and Da’wah Group) is prohibited in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Tablighi Jamaat, a transnational Sunni Islamic missionary movement that focuses on exhorting Muslims and encouraging fellow members to follow the pure form of Sunni Islam. 

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