The Tablighi Jamaat conundrum ceases to exist and new astonishing discoveries are being made with each passing day. According to a news report in Navbharat Times, the absconding Jamaat chief Maulana Mohammed Saad Kandhalvi is using his time in self-isolation to gather support and to mobilize the Jamaatis. The vile Jamaat chief might be planning to radicalize his supporters and create unrest and violence in case of his arrest.
The Delhi police had lodged an FIR against Maulana Saad and six others for holding the ominous Muslim gathering in Nizamuddin, Delhi–after which the Maulana went into hiding and since then has been only communicating through his lawyers. Saad is suspected to be hiding on the outskirts of Delhi at a supporter’s house.
“We are informing our people that a conspiracy is being hatched to arrest our leader who has done great service to Islam. We are telling our brothers to be ready for a long battle,” a fellow Jamat member in Lucknow was quoted as saying by the newspaper. When questioned how he was able to communicate with Saad, the Jamaat member deferred by saying ‘Allah commands, everyone gets it.’
Police officials have not ruled the possibility that if Saad is arrested now, the Jamaatis might try to indulge in violence as the Jamaat chief has a direct influence on its cult members. As has been reported before, Maulana and his highly objectionable and provocative speech has a wide reach amongst his followers.
In the audiotape that was leaked, Maulana could be heard prodding the followers to continue visiting mosques and offering prayers. “If you think you will die if you assemble in a masjid, let me tell you, there is no better place to die.” the Jamaat chief had remarked
He further incited his followers by saying “This is not the time when you leave your prayers and (stop) meeting people just because doctors are saying it. When Allah has given this disease, then no doctor or medicine can save us.”
The preacher who gave sermons of living a simple lifestyle has a plush farmhouse in Kandhla town in Shamili District in western Uttar Pradesh equipped with swimming pools and all the modern amenities that includes high-end cars too. Yet the blind followers of Saad took his call solemnly and those who were rounded up and taken to hospitals, and others that came on the streets elsewhere across the country, began to indulge in the most contemptible acts.
They spat on doctors and engaged in profane behavior with the frontline female health workers. In GGM Hospital, Ghaziabad, they roamed naked around the wards, making lewd gestures at nurses whilst listening to vulgar songs. When told to remain away from each other, they sat together in close proximity and demanded beedi-cigarettes. Furthermore, a man was shot dead for criticizing Jamaatis by its sympathizers in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, showing the effect Maulana Saad has on its followers.
Tablighi Jamaat has alone thrown India’s plan to counter the global pandemic in a tizzy–according to official figures, more than 40 percent of the total positive Wuhan virus cases in India are directly linked to the Muslim congregation organized by the Tablighi Jamaat. Maulana’s buffoonery has not only jeopardized the lives of hundreds of his own followers but also put the entire Muslim community in the box. While the attendees of the Markaz test positive and die of the deadly virus, the vile chief remains on the run whilst hatching a plot to incite further violence in the country.