By Shefa Rafi
Even when the most dreaded Coronavirus is posing a serious threat to the lives of people across the globe and proactive steps being taken worldwide to combat the disease, the Tablighi Jamaat has become the target for the powers-that-be to blame for the spread. Not surprisingly, the minorities usually are made scapegoat by the people in power on one pretext or the other.
Just because a few Thai and Indonesian nationals visited India on spiritual purpose, the state machinery has come to the conclusion that they were responsible for the spread of Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu, Telangana and in Delhi. Its quixotic to single out a particular community under the guise of congregation.
Both the intelligence agencies and the government at the centre are well aware of Nizamuddin Markaz Masjid which is well known for Tablighi work. Tamil Nadu government blaming Tablighi Jamaat for Coronavirus spread in the State is unacceptable. Foreign nationals couldn’t have brought it to India since they reached Delhi much earlier. Definitely, the stand taken by the government hurts the Muslim minorities here.
Moreover, this would send a wrong message about Muslims among brethren belonging to other community.
Whose is to be blamed for 1.65 lakh odd people affected by Coronavirus and 3400 odd people died in US? Who is responsible for this? US President Donald Trump had never pointed a finger against anybody. Instead, the nation is taking preventive measures by announcing lockdown for another 30 days.
Its a known fact that Nizamuddin Markaz Masjid or Banglewali Masjid located in Nizamuddin West in South Delhi is the global center for the Tablighi network and the origin of the Tablighi Jamaat. And this has been going on for years together with foreign nationals making a point to visit this mosque during their tour to India.
People across the globe are well aware of the fact about the biggest congregation at Shivrathri fest held at Jakki Vasudev’s Isha Yoga Centre at Siruvani located on the backdrops of the western ghats.
This event was held during February with leading luminaries including top honchos of corporate world, celebrities from Kollywood, Bollywood, Tollywood, Mollywood and even from Hollywood sitting in the open air auditorium facing the mega Sivan idol. Had this happened during Mahashivrathri fest, will the government blame the organizors?
Its Almighty’s will. He is the creator and He is the saviour for all mankind. Lets not play the blame game.