- Resolution in support of Tablighi Jamaat passed in Punjab Assembly of Pakistan
- Saudi Arabia imposed a ban as the entry point of terrorism
- Pakistan is seeing this decision against Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia’s ban on Tablighi Jamaat is being fiercely criticized in Pakistan. In the assembly of Punjab province, the most influential province of Pakistan, the legislators have even passed a resolution in support of the Tablighi Jamaat. All the legislators of the party and the opposition in one voice claimed that Tablighi Jamaat has nothing to do with terrorism. At the same time, Saudi Arabia’s Religious Ministry announced the ban, saying that this organization is an entry point of terrorism.
Special meeting of the assembly in support of Jamaat
Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhary Pervez Elahi called a special meeting of the House on Tuesday. During this, MLA Khadija Umar presented a proposal in support of Tablighi Jamaat. The Speaker read out the motion and said that the House agrees with the people promoting trust. He claimed that Tablighi Jamaat has nothing to do with terrorism and their history proves that they have never been involved in such work. Later the motion was passed unanimously by the House.
What did Saudi Arabia say while imposing sanctions?
While banning Tablighi Jamaat, Saudi Arabia said that it is the entry point of terrorism and it threatens the society. The Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs instructed mosques to warn people not to join them in Takreer after Friday Friday prayers. In a series of tweets, the ministry said that His Excellency the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dr. Abdullatif Al-Alsheikh, urged all mosques to include it in their rituals and to make people aware of the dangers associated with it.
What is Tablighi Jamaat?
Tablighi Jamaat was started around 100 years ago by Deobandi Islamic scholar Maulana Mohammad Ilyas Kandhalvi as a religious reform movement. The work of Tablighi Jamaat is to give religious sermons especially to the followers of Islam. Completely non-political, the purpose of this Jamaat is to say the five basic principles of Islam as told by Prophet Muhammad: Kalma, Namaz, Ilm-o-Zikr (Knowledge), Ikram-e-Muslim (Respect for Muslims), Ikhlas-n – Niyat (having the right of intention) and Tafrig-e-Waqt (taking time out for feasting and Tabligh) have to be preached. Known as an influential spiritual movement across the world, the work of the Jamaat has now become a victim of factionalism from Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Imran Khan going against Saudi?
Given the current economic situation in Pakistan, it is unlikely that Imran Khan can even dream of going against his master Saudi Arabia. Imran Khan knows that he has to resort to religion to hide his failures and mislead people. In such a situation when the general elections in Pakistan are approaching, then Imran can try to gain the trust of the fundamentalists by supporting the Tablighi Jamaat.
How are the relations between Pakistan and Saudi
Relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have been constantly fluctuating. Saudi Arabia is also called the ATM of Pakistan. In 2019, when India removed Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, Saudi kept silent. For this reason, Pakistan criticized Saudi in a suppressed language on the Organization of Islamic countries, OIC and other forums. Then Riyadh was so infuriated that it not only demanded the return of its debt but also stopped the supply of crude oil to Pakistan on the line of credit. Later, the supply was restored after pleadings by Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, PM Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.