June 9, 2011 Special Dispatch No. 3901

Tablighi Jamaat's Role as a Conduit for Al-Qaeda Militants – Blog Posts from MEMRI's South Asia Studies Project

June 9, 2011
Special Dispatch No. 3901

Tablighi Jamaat, a revivalist Islamic movement in South Asia, has attracted international attention in recent years for its role as a conduit for Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Headquartered in New Delhi, the puritanical religious movement has a large number of followers around the world, but its main support base is centered in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. Following are blogs on Tablighi Jamaat and its links with terrorist organizations:

Pakistan To Ban Tablighi Jamaat After Pakistani Soldiers Found Training With Militants

The Pakistani government is expected to bar the Tablighi Jamaat, a South Asian revivalist Islamic movement, from preaching in mosques situated in the Pakistani military camp areas and security institutions, according to a Pakistani daily.

Indian Barelvi Cleric Demands Ban On Tablighi Jamaat For Al- Qaeda Link

In India, prominent Barelvi cleric Maulana Saeed Noori has said that he would ask the Indian home ministry to ban Tablighi Jamaat after the WikiLeaks disclosure that Al-Qaeda terrorists had links with the Jamaat in the 1980s, according to an Indian website. Maulana Saeed Noori of the Raza Academy in Mumbai said, "The Tablighi Jamaat helped Al-Qaeda. We will ask the home ministry to ... ban... the group."

Indian Religious Leaders Condemn WikiLeaks Report Linking Al-Qaeda With Tablighi Jamaat

Prominent Indian Muslim have condemned the linking of terrorist organization Al-Qaeda with Tablighi Jamaat, saying that it is a pre-planned conspiracy to defame Tablighi Jamaat and Muslims, according to an Urdu-language daily. Tablighi Jamaat is an international revivalist, puritanical movement of Islam with headquarters in New Delhi. WikiLeaks recently revealed that Al-Qaeda militants used the cover of Tablighi Jamaat to get visas to go to Pakistan. Dismissing the WikiLeaks disclosures that linked Al-Qaeda with Tablighi Jamaat, Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind Maulana leader Mahmood Madani said, "It is a pre-planned conspiracy to defame this religious organization [Tablighi Jamaat] whose activities are confined to religious issues such as Namaz [five times prayers], fear of resurrection day, and social reforms, etc."

2.5 Million Muslims Join Tablighi Jamaat's Congregation In Bangladesh

Nearly 2.5 million devout Muslims from across the world joined the Akheri Munajat (concluding prayers) during Tablighi Jamaat's congregation in the town of Tongi in Bangladesh, according to a Bangladeshi newspaper. The devotees sought forgiveness and blessings from Allah for Muslims around the world, according to a report in The Daily Star newspaper. Eminent Islamic scholar Moulana Jobayerul Hasan from the Tablighi Jamaat's international headquarters in Delhi led the 20-minute Akheri Munajat.

Urdu Daily: Tablighi Jamaat Acts As Conduit For Western Jihadists Arriving In Pakistani Tribal Region

Jihadists from the U.S. and from some European countries are coming to Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) for terror training from the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, according to an Urdu-language daily.

Intelligence Report: Foreign Militants Tasked To Assassinate Tablighi Jamaat Leaders

The Pakistani intelligence agencies have warned that four foreign militants have been assigned by their commanders to assassinate two prominent leaders of Tablighi Jamaat, a revivalist Islamic movement, according to a Pakistani daily.

1.5 Million Muslims Attend Tablighi Jamaat's Congregation In Indian Town

The 63rd annual Ijtema (congregation) of the revivalist religious organization Tablighi Jamaat concluded yesterday in Bhopal, the capital the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, with 1.5 million Muslims attending the event, according to an Urdu-language daily. Maulana Mohammad Saad, the Emir of Tablighi Jamaat, prayed for peace and tranquillity for the whole world including India and asked from Allah to bestow divine blessing upon the people to become humane and truthful, according to a report in the Urdu-language daily Roznama Rashtriya Sahara.

Deobandi Clerics Condemn Police Raid On Tablighi Markaz Near Lahore

Deobandi clerics have condemned a police raid on the Tablighi Markaz in Raiwind (near Lahore), a Deobandi preaching center, calling it an attempt to please the forces of vice and some high government officials, according to an Urdu-language daily. The Tablighi Markaz belongs to the Tablighi Jamaat, a puritanical revivalist movement in South Asia. The center holds a large annual congregation, attended by participants from across the world.

Barelvi Clerics Slammed For Making Jew-Like Demands For Action Against Extremist Religious Organizations

Deobandi clerics from various madrassas and religious organizations in Pakistan have slammed Barelvi clerics' demand for action against religious groups who support militant organizations, according to an Urdu-language daily. Speaking at a press conference at the Jamia Naeemia madrassa, a prominent Deobandi seminary based in Karachi, the Deobandi clerics urged the government of Punjab province not to accept the demands of the Sunni Ittehad Council, a Barelvi group that has called for action against extremist groups. Demand for action against extremist Deobandi groups and militant organizations has become louder after the July 1 attacks on a shrine in Lahore where more than 40 people were killed and over 175 wounded. The clerics said that action against Deobandi groups alone in the name of counterterrorism is not acceptable, according to a report in the Urdu-language daily Roznama Islam of July 7.

Report: Tablighi Jamaat Provided Logistics To Militants For Attacks On Ahmadi Muslims' Mosques In Lahore

Abdullah aka Mohammad, a 17-year-old terrorist arrested by the Pakistani authorities, has revealed that the militants who attacked two mosques of Ahmadi Muslims in Lahore on Friday, were trained in Waziristan, according to an Urdu-language daily.

Barcelona Terror Suspects Belong To Tablighi Jamaat

According to the London-based Urdu newspaper Roznama Ausaf, the 12 people of Pakistani origin arrested by the Spanish police on suspicion of a terrorist plot in Barcelona belong to the Tablighi Jamaat.

Pakistani Daily Criticizes India For Preventing Foreign Clerics From Preaching In India

A report in a pro-Taliban Pakistani daily has criticized India for disallowing a number of foreign Islamic religious leaders of Tablighi Jamaat from preaching and attending religious meetings in India. Tablighi Jamaat is a revivalist religious movement in Islam with its international headquarters based in the Indian capital of New Delhi. Its members from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates were recently prevented from preaching in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh after it was found that their visas were for tourism purposes.

Foreign Islamic Preachers Barred From Religious Meetings In India's Unnao District

A delegation of Islamic preachers from around the world has been barred from preaching and attending religious gatherings in the Unnao district of India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh, according to an Indian website. The preachers belong to the Tablighi Jamaat, a puritanical revivalist movement in Islam. The group has its international headquarters in Delhi, the Indian capital.

Waziristan: Taliban Suspend Fighting Till 5th March

The Taliban have suspended their military activities in Pakistan's tribal district of North Waziristan till 5th March next as a Tablighi Ijtema, or religious congregation, is being held in the neighboring town of Bannu, according to a report in the Pashtu-language newspaper Wrazpanra Wahdat. A commander of Taliban (Hafiz Gul Bahadar group) in North Waziristan district said that all the Taliban have been directed not to target government installations due to a Tablighi Ijtema in Bannu.

Prominent Islamic Cleric Maulana Haji Abdul Wahab: "The Real Life Of A Muslim Starts After His Death"

The Tablighi Jamaat, a puritanical Islamic movement in South Asia, began a three-day congregation on Thursday in Raiwind, a town near Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province, according to an Urdu-language daily. According to a report in the Urdu-language newspaper Roznama Islam, hundreds of thousands of faithful from across the world, especially from Muslim countries, are attending the congregation.

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