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Tablighi Jamaat Markaz In Nizamuddin Has Harmed the Muslim Cause Many Fold

By Najeeb Jung


April 1, 2020

 The markaz of the Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin is singularly responsible for the death of several persons and for passing on the coronavirus infection. Whoever runs the markaz is culpable and must be punished under the relevant sections of the IPC. It is incomprehensible that when the country is under lockdown and the Union and state governments are fighting a relentless war against a monstrous pandemic, a microscopic section of religious fundamentalists exposes large sections of the population to disease and fatality. However, it was also incumbent on the local administration to have been more aware and enforce an early evacuation.

Parts of Nizamuddin West were cordoned off after six new cases were traced to the area. (Express Photo by Anil Sharma)


This brings me to the larger malaise facing the Muslim community in India. No one can deny the sad situation they face. Most live on the margins of society: Poor, ill- educated and fast losing faith in a government they believe is not, and indeed, will not be fair to them. Not that their situation has been better under earlier governments but the understanding is that the “hand” of the government was not that heavy. But blaming the governments of the day has become a habit. It is time the Muslim community understood the faultlines that lie within.

It is abundantly clear that the pedagogical system of education in madrasas is outdated. Efforts are being made in some madrasas to teach English, the sciences and mathematics, but there are not many such schools. Students are taught to memorise the Quran, and it’s a matter of immense pride for a family if a child of eight or 10 years of age becomes a “hafiz”. No doubt a large number of Muslim boys and girls are studying under the regular education system of schools and colleges, but a larger number is confined to the madrasa system.

Therefore, the larger problem is that the community is being dominated by maulvis and maulanas, who sit in seminaries and mosques, and make a fashion of issuing fatwas. I have a vast number of non-Muslim friends who have enormous sympathy for the Indian Muslim community. They are extremely concerned about their economic conditions, lack of education, and poor and inadequate political leadership. They talk of India’s inherent secularism; the strength of its Constitution and they challenge the cow urine-drinking parties as a means to fight the virus. However, they are also fighting an increasingly losing battle against the Hindu right, and the fence sitters, when challenged on Muslim conservatism and archaic beliefs.

The fact is, as I have said before, today’s Indian Muslims suffer from an intellectual paralysis. An earlier generation of scholars used to study such thinkers like Ibn Arabi, Fakhruddin Razi, Einstein, Bergson, Russel and Freud. The task, once again, is to rethink Islam without completely breaking from the past. The only course open is, as Allama Iqbal articulated, “to approach modern knowledge with a respectful but independent attitude and to appreciate the teachings of Islam in the light of that knowledge.” It is never possible for any society, more so a religion, to entirely forget or reject its past. And there is no doubt that in the years succeeding the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) death, Islam and Islamic history can indeed boast of a glorious era. What is equally true is that Islam, particularly India’s Muslims, have to free themselves from the medieval fantasies of maulanas, and embrace more contemporary attitudes. The Quran has to be understood for its inductive reasoning and a revolt against traditions and speculative philosophies. The dynamism of debate (ijtihad) must be reignited.


People who showed coronavirus symptoms being taken to various hospitals from Nizamuddin area inin new delhi on monday. (Express photo by Anil Sharma)



Traditionally, from the days of the Prophet (PBUH), debate and pursuit of scientific knowledge was encouraged. The Prophet (PBUH) exhorted his people to travel as far as China for acquiring knowledge, and in the same vein Iqbal said: “Manzil Se Aage Badhkar Manzil Talaash Kar/ Mil Jaaye Tujh Ko Dariya, Samandar Talaash Kar (search ever onwards for a destination that lies beyond where you reach/ If you discover a river, then search onwards for the sea)”.

Through the anti-CAA, NRC and NPR protests, the Indian Muslim found a new voice. The greatest upside to this movement was the women who, for the first time in India (I do not refer to women in Islamic history who participated in wars along with men), found a voice. The men were left to help with logistics. Hopefully, this new lease of life is a harbinger of better times for the women. But what hopes do we have from the men? Institutions like the Tablighi Jamaat, however well-intentioned they may be, and whatever good religious activities they may perform, are not helping the community move forward. The religion isn’t to blame — it is the closed minds of these self-proclaimed leaders. By one thoughtless action, the markaz in Nizamuddin has harmed the Muslim cause many fold.

On the other hand, the government is not helping. The constant and repeated “othering” of the Muslims is pushing them further into a darker corner. The repeated lynchings and beatings, ministerial gloating over the abolition of Article 370, the challenges posed because of the CAA, the threat of the NRC/NPR, statements by minsters-members of the ruling party to punish “ghaddars”, the scorning of liberals and harassment of NGOs that work among Muslims, and the pogrom in Delhi, have worsened fears among the Muslim community.

And herein lies the challenge. The challenge is not just for the Indian Muslim, it is for the country as a whole. The Muslims have the example of the Sikhs before them. Sikhs, too, follow a strict religious regimen. But they continually set examples of courage, generosity and prosperity. The community has put behind the tragedies of Partition, followed by those of 1984. Now, it’s time for the new Muslim to step forward and engage with contemporary times as well. And, it is for the government to understand that the operative word in the context of the community is “affirmative action”, not “appeasement”.

Najeeb Junis a former civil servant.

Original Headline: The markaz in Nizamuddin has thrown light on a malaise — and a challenge

Source: The Indian Express

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  • Secularlogic,
    Arundhati speaks the truth. The Sanghis have tried to discredit her but her reputation is strong in non-Sanghi circles.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 4/19/2020 11:57:39 PM

  • GM...now you are clutching on to the last croaks of a dying frog called arundhati roy. She is thoroughly discredited, and nobody except a motely urban maoist crowd, ....and apparently, you....take anything she says seriously. So many people have torn her latest outing to shreds. Dont quote that madwoman to me.  
    By secularlogic - 4/19/2020 3:07:03 PM

  • Arundhati Roy writes, "The government was exploiting the virus in a tactic reminiscent of one used by the Nazis during the Holocaust. The whole of the organization, the RSS, to which Modi belongs, which is the mother ship of the BJP , has long said that India should be a Hindu nation. Its ideologues have likened the Muslims of India to the Jews of Germany. And if you look at the way in which they are using COVID, it was very much like typhus was used against the Jews to ghettoize them, to stigmatize them."
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 4/18/2020 1:51:14 PM

  • It would be futile to expect GM to acknowledge that Muslims are their own enemies. The government has made ample overtures for their welfare that go beyond optics. If it is the special treatment given by earlier regimes that they are missing, it is from false sense of entitlement. You keep harping upon the goli maro saalon ko remark. It came on the backdrop of all the  inflammatory sloganeering that happened earlier at universities and speeches made by the owaisis. What is the truth is that the were p rotestors were in fact given too long a rope. Many felt that indeed at least tear gas and water cannons should have been deployed. You must understand that the way Muslims behaved after CAA was passed did not go down well with the majority community. It did not affect them a bit, why are they protesting unless it is to create trouble, was the refrain. They still can try to not create futher splits, to co operate with authorities during pandemic. But no. Here also they want special treatment. This is not going to result in anything good. The Muslim community will sink deeper into a morass of imagined persecution and will lead the nation to destruction.
    By secularlogic - 4/18/2020 12:24:25 AM

  • Secularlogic,
    You are wrong! You guys have first made Muslims  a hated community depriving them of jobs, driving them out of their homes and shouting "goli maro salo ko" and "Go to Pakistan." You have put Muslims in such a state of distrust and fear that when public health personnel come to their homes all that the Muslims can think of is to defend themselves and protect their womenfolk. While ignorance too does have a lot to do with such Muslim behavior you need to understand that a modicum of trust and good feeling has to exist between a people and government agencies so that public health workers are not seen as hostile invaders.
    But I do not expect you to understand that.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 4/17/2020 1:26:24 PM

  • GM. I would edit that to " Indeed there are some Muslim groups that are acting out of hostility and malevolence". One does not stone health workers, spit on doctors, molest nurses out of ignorance. One does that out of hostility and malevolence. Defecating in corridors...ya ...that could be the grey area between ignorance and hostility. Stop deluding yourself. The reaction of Hindus is what is natural under the circumstances. Most are just protecting themselves. Some are using the fodder provided free of cost to feed the communal beast. Which even Muslims are doing for the last many years.
    By secularlogic - 4/17/2020 2:41:23 AM

  • you are an alumni of the world-famous "what-about-them institute of word twisting".
    people like you are the reason why the british parliament has to pass a caste discrimination law. soon the american congress too will. they already have pushed halal finance, quran lessons for the kuffar children, forcible project work for kuffar children on the life of the prophet and other abominations.
    but you who feel tremendously entitled to the fruits of a tree planted, watered and cared for by someone else, i can only pity you.
    a stranger in a strange land, struggling with contempt for those into whose midst you volunteered to exile yourself, but nevertheless in love with the their lucre.
    physician heal thyself.

    By hats off! - 4/16/2020 9:38:31 PM

  • Hats Off,
    The behaviors that you ascribe to immigrants living in Western countries are common behaviors that apply to Americans, Indians and immigrants. Why blame just the immigrants for such behaviors?
     Similarly the Internet Hindu is the same whether he lives in India or in the Middle East.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 4/16/2020 1:51:26 PM

  • Aayina,
    Why so touchy! I can understand that you are a supporter of those Hindus who live in the Middle East and continue to spill the same anti-Muslim hatred that you yourself are spilling here. I can understand that you would not want them punished. I too do not want them punished, but I thought this report was interesting and would be a good way to tease those morons who would call me a "conman". Here is the URL to the report:
    By the way, Abidi Zahrani is your brother, not mine.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 4/16/2020 1:30:26 PM

  • Secularlogic,
    Indeed there are some Muslim groups who are acting out of ignorance but the BJP and the Hindutva thugs are acting out of hostility and malevolence. 

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 4/16/2020 1:11:43 PM

  • Hatts off, do not reply Gulam Mohyuddin a conman immediately and write about Hindus in middle man.
    Always do some research this conman is typical Pakistani mindset or may be Pakistan
    When I searched I found no this so called scholar Abid on hatewebsite just design more to abuse India, it try to show fake Pakistani Narrative.

    By Aayina - 4/16/2020 6:17:04 AM

  • This link porvoes lot about Gulam Mohyuddin what short of Group he believes. A Pakistani Agenda driven group Saudi based, where he get his news from for http://www.sabahnews.net/english/archives/category/kashmir Worth to see so called 21st century modern hypocrate Indian Muslim Guys also see the our good Indian Muslim doing work than this hypocrate, I have forwarded some links, other links, it looks like ISPR agent sitting in India to do harm to India.
    By Aayina - 4/16/2020 4:01:30 AM

  • if there are any hindus doing that then they need to be kicked out and blacklisted so that they never ever get a job in the middle east.
    this is the almost universal indian immigrant attitude. most indians who emigrate to the west will make it a point to discriminate against the negros. if their daughter broght home a black boyfriend they will be devastated. the devastation is a little less if the boy friend is white. devastating if the boy friend is a hispanic. the best example of the typical indian immigrant is one lady who got so thoroughly trolled on youtube that she was forced to apologize for the west-hating-rant she had put up on facebook and later deleted.
    and many hindus who are eating from the mercy of the muslims in the middle east have nothing but contempt for the arabs.
    though it is mutual.
    but money apparently is the only real god and hypocrisy is apparently the only true religion.

    By hats off! - 4/16/2020 3:53:38 AM

  • We are not millions of Hindus had to back to India, because that seems to be history so we are aware of it, does any good can be expected from Muslim majority power.
    Good you are exposing your inner wish, that Hindus should be suffer.
    Thus what we are worried, everynow and than threat of Anihlation from Muslims might.
    Have you seen the Movie Jolly LLB, it similar " Hi Allah me Kesha secular dekh Ne laga"

    By Aayina - 4/16/2020 2:37:27 AM

  • "Saudi Scholar Abidi Zahrani has proposed that militant Hindus involved in spreading hatred and committing crimes against the Muslims should be sent back to India from Gulf countries. In a tweet Saudi Scholar Abidi Zahrani has said that Gulf States host millions of Indians, some of whom are infected with COVID-19 are treated free of charge regardless of their faith while fascist Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu terrorist gangs while following the Hindutva agenda are committing crimes against it own Muslim citizens."

    I did not know they cared!

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 4/16/2020 12:00:52 AM

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