Saudi Arabia bans Tablighi Jamaat, terms it ‘danger to society’

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Islamic Affairs has asked the preachers of mosques to warn people about the group.

Riyadh: The government of Saudi Arabia has banned the Tablighi Jamaat, terming it a “danger to society” and “one of the gates of terrorism”.

The government has asked the mosque preachers to warn people against the group.

“His Excellency the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dr.#Abdullatif Al_Alsheikh directed the mosques’ preachers and the mosques that held Friday prayer temporary to allocate the next Friday sermon 5/6/1443 H to warn against (the Tablighi and Da’wah group) which is called (Al Ahbab),” read a tweet, dated December 6, by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs.

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Who are the Tablighi Jamaat?

Significantly, this organization came into existence in India around 1926. Tablighi Jamaat is a Sunni Islamic missionary movement. This organization works for Muslims to return to Sunni Islam and give religious teachings.

It is estimated that it has between 350 and 400 million members worldwide. They collectively claim that they focus exclusively on religion and strictly avoid political activities and discussions.

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