New Delhi: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan has hit out on the Tabligh-e-Jamaat, a Muslim physique, for organising a large non secular congregation at Nizamuddin within the nationwide capital at a time when the coronavirus disaster is wreaking havoc internationally.
Following the death of at least nine people who attended the event and several testing positive for COVID-19, the centuries-old centre has turned into one of the biggest virus hot spots in India.
Speaking to CNN-News18, Khan refused to acknowledge the maulanas of the Tabligh as religious scholars and claimed the members of the organisation are seeing the government’s efforts on social distancing as a conspiracy behind shutting mosques.
While there has been a bar on offering namaz at the jamaat, a congregation of so many people was allowed, Khan said, adding those with some common sense would heed to words of caution in these times.
“We do not need any special appeal to be cautious in these times. I would not call them religious scholars and extend any support with a prophetic narration. ‘Alim woh hota ha jo apne zamane ka jaanne wala ho’ (a scholar is the one who is aware of the times he is living in and acts accordingly),” the governor said.
“Knowledge of some facts alone is not sufficient to be an alim. An alim has been defined as the one who knows whatever is happening at that time. I don’t know if the tablighis can fall in that category. These people have put all efforts to keep people away from knowledge and encouraged superstition. They want ensure that people don’t know what is happening in the world.”