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A religious congregation in Delhi could be the coronavirus hotspot India was trying to escape


Covid-19 outbreak


A recent religious congregation, organised in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area, has become a major worry for Indian officials trying to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

Six persons from Telangana state, who attended the conference between March 13 and 15, died of the disease yesterday (March 30), according to a statement from the chief minister’s office.

Over 2,000 people, including delegates from Indonesia and Malaysia, had attended the congregation organised by Tablighi Jamaat, a global Islamic missionary movement set up in 1926.

While the event took place before India’s nationwide lockdown began on March 25, it violated a Delhi state government order restricting religious and public gatherings, according to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Consequently, Kejriwal has asked for a police case to be filed against the mosque administration for negligence.

Delhi police cordoned off a major area in Nizamuddin West in south Delhi yesterday (March 30), where over 200 people have shown the Covid-19 symptoms. Delhi has a total of 97 confirmed coronavirus cases so far.

Cases of Covid-19 have surfaced in several states linked to the said gathering.

On March 27, six attendees of the Delhi meeting tested positive in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Besides, a 65-year-old man, who died of coronavirus at a hospital in Jammu & Kashmir’s Srinagar on March 26, had attended the congregation and returned by train. In another case, a 52-year-old man tested positive after his return to Guntur in Andhra Pradesh state.


Tablighi Jamaat के Maulana Saad का ऑडियो वायरल, Corona के नाम पर मुस्लिमों को बांटने का आरोप

UP puts 18 districts on alert to trace people who attended Nizamuddin Tablighi Jamaat event


Lucknow: As many as 18 districts of Uttar Pradesh, including Lucknow, Agra, Bareilly and Meerut, have been put on alert after a cluster of Covid-19 cases was traced back to a Tablighi Jamaat religious gathering in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz mosque earlier this month.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with police and administration officials at his residence Tuesday

The state administration took the step after getting information from the Union ministries of home affairs and health that over a hundred people from Uttar Pradesh had attended the gathering and then returned to their homes.

Top sources in the UP Police said the administration is working with intelligence agencies to track foreign nationals who are still residing in the state.

The Lucknow administration, including the district magistrate and the police commissioner, inspected the Markazi Masjid located in the city’s Kaiserbagh-Aminabad area Tuesday, from where the police took six people who had come from Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan for Covid-19 testing.

The administration also held the foreign nationals’ passports and instructed the masjid authorities to isolate them for the time being.

A source in the Lucknow administration told ThePrint: “There are at least 30 foreign nationals residing in the state capital for the time being, out of which 17 are Bangladeshi nationals whereas 13 are from Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. They are possibly in the Madiyaon and Kakori areas of Lucknow.”

‘Come out and declare, or face legal action’

Sources in the state administration said at least 150 people from Uttar Pradesh had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi on 13-15 March.

A police source alleged that nearly 100 foreign nationals are still residing in the state undetected — by hiding their contact and accommodation details.

The source said of the future course of action: “District authorities will appeal to all the participants of the Nizamuddin event and foreign nationals to come out to get checked and declare their travel and contact history in the next few days.”

He added that once the deadline set by the administration gets over, “strict legal measures will be taken” against those who don’t come out and declare, as well as those hosting them.

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New Delhi: Yesterday it was the controversial spraying of migrants in Bareilly, today it’s a far bigger and more dangerous issue: coronavirus cases detected at the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin in Delhi, with hundreds holed up inside, and hundreds more on the coronavirus watchlist. Six people have already died.

The incident has elicited partisan views and divisive politics as Indian politicians react angrily.

India tracks attendees after Muslim event linked to virus cases


India has launched a massive search to track down those who attended an event organised by a Muslim missionary movement after dozens of people test positive for coronavirus and at least seven reportedly die.

Authorities in the Indian capital on Tuesday sealed off the premises of Tablighi Jamaat, accusing it of organising a religious gathering from March 13-15 and ignoring the threat of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Coronavirus Outbreak: What Is Tablighi Jamaat And Why It Is Under Spotlight

he sudden spike in the number of Coronavirus cases in Delhi, after dozens of people who had attended a congregation in Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi, has brought Tablighi Jamaat, headquartered at Nizamuddin’s Markaz in the national capital, under spotlight.

The outbreak was discovered on Monday in Delhi as it emerged that several Tablighi members hid their travel history to foreign countries and a large congregation was held on March 13-5 at a markaz in Nizamuddin. The area has been sealed and hundreds of those present whisked away to hospitals.

More than 2,000 delegates, including from Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Kyrgyzstan, attended the congregation of Tablighi Jamaat.

As many as 1,400 people continued to stay at the Tabligh-e-Jamaat’s “Markaz” in Delhi’s Nizamuddin West even after the event.

At least 24 more people tested positive in Delhi on Tuesday and it was learned that they had also attended the religious congregation of Tablighi Jamaat. Nine people who have died so far due to the Coronavirus had a connection with the Tablighi Jamaat event.

What is Tablighi Jamaat?

Tablighi Jamaat means a group of preachers. The idea was floated by Islamic scholar Maulana Muhammad Ilyas in 1926 in then Mewat province.Unlike some other Muslim Jamaats, Tablighi Jamaat works only among Muslims. It is believed to have millions of active members in more than 150 countries. They invite the Muslim community to adhere to the basic tenets of Islam.

The Tablighi network is strong across the Indian sub-continent and people from various walks of life are associated with the religious organisation.

Tablighi bands of preachers operate from mosques. Announcements that ‘Jamaat’ has come from other cities and countries are common in the mosques under the control of the organisation. They do ‘gasht’ or go around in the neighbourhood, interact with Muslims, invite them to ‘namaz’ and ‘ijtema’ or seminars at the mosque.

The preachers, who usually venture out on 40-day mission, stay in mosques. With congregational prayers restricted in the wake of lockdown, the preachers have vacated the mosques.

The Kashmir Connection

Interestingly, the surge in Kashmir’s Coronavirus cases has also a Tablighi Jamaat connection.

One of the Coronavirus positive cases in Kashmir had reportedly attended the congregation at Nizammudin’s markaz. Later, when he returned to Kashmir, he held congregations in Sopore, Bandipora, Samba and Jammu districts during which he is reported to have met dozens of people in various places, including Srinagar.

All family members of this COVID-19 victim have tested negative, but some of his contacts have tested positive and are being treated in Srinagar hospitals.