- Saudi bans Tablighi Jamaat, calling it a gateway to terrorism
- Here, the government tightened the noose on the PFI made in Kerala in India.
- From Assam, UP to many states, there has been a demand for a ban on this from the central government.
Within two days, the Popular Front of India (PFI), which has been in controversies abroad against Tabligi Jamaat, the largest organization of Sunni Muslims, has tightened its grip in the country itself. The special thing is that both the organizations have their origin from India. Tablighi Jamaat started over 100 years ago and is seen as the biggest religious reform movement of Muslims. The second organization is only a few years old but it remained in the news due to controversies. Sometimes foreign money and sometimes by making objectionable videos on Yogi, PFI got caught in questions. There is often a demand for a ban on this in the country. There have been some shocking revelations about both the organizations. Let us understand each link one by one.
What did Tablighi Jamaat do?
First thing about Tablighi Jamaat. You will remember when a year ago Corona had spread in the country and Tablighi Jamaat was in the news for organizing in Delhi. Saudi Arabia has banned the same Jamaat, while Saudi has been claiming itself to be the biggest benefactor of Muslims. The shocking thing is that the Saudi government has termed Tablighi Jamaat as one of the gateways of terrorism, a threat to the society. Questions are being raised whether terrorists are being prepared through Jamaat?
By the way, Tablighi Jamaat was founded by Deobandi Islamic scholars as a religious reform movement. Its work was done to give religious sermons to the followers of Islam. Keeping it completely non-political, it was done to propagate the teachings of Islam as told by Prophet Muhammad. However, later it deviated from its path and many serious allegations were made. It has millions of followers in many countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, but today the condition is that only a friendly country of Muslims like Saudi has stood against this organization. He has been accused of preparing terrorists.
The Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs has also instructed people to warn against the Jamaat in Takreer after Friday prayers. The Saudi government has clearly said that through the Tablighi Jamaat, people are in danger of wandering, brainwashed. Now people will be told from the mosques there that this organization is a danger to the society.
On the news of the ban in Saudi, reactions started coming in India also. Many people asked that what would those who called ‘Islamophobic’ say on this move of Saudi Arabia for criticizing the Jamaat? In fact, when the people of the Jamaat were accused of spreading corona, it was called Islamophobia in protest. Now that issue has once again come under discussion on Saudi’s action.
PFI is not very old, but has been in discussion due to controversies
Remember, the name Popular Front of India (PFI) has often been in the news due to some controversy. There were allegations of getting money from abroad, having property abroad and sometimes being involved in crime. At a time when there has been strong action in Saudi on Tablighi Jamaat, the screws on PFI in the country got tightened. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) recently raided at least four premises affiliated to the Popular Front of India (PFI) in Kerala in connection with a money laundering probe. Searches were conducted at Ernakulam and some other places. To handle the situation, the Central Paramilitary Force personnel provided security to the ED team during the raid. The agency has also recovered several documents related to the funding of PFI.
PFI was formed in 2006 in Kerala and is headquartered in Delhi. The central probe agency is probing the alleged ‘financial links’ of the PFI in instigating protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the country, the Delhi riots last year and several other cases.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is probing the “allegations” of leaders of the Popular Front of India having certain foreign assets, including restaurants and bars, in Abu Dhabi. The ED said that on December 8, the residence of PFI member Shafiq Payeth (who is attached to organization unit SDPI Peringathur, Kannur), PFI’s divisional president BPabdul Razak at Perampadappu in Malappuram, PFI leader MK Ashraf alias Tamar Ashraf at Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam. Ashraf Khadar’s office was raided.
The PFI tried to disrupt the raiding operation but CRPF personnel handled the situation. During this period, documents indicating involvement in the crime, digital devices, receiving money from abroad and possession of assets abroad have been found.
The ED said the seized documents indicated that the PFI was involved in money laundering through various projects in Kerala, including the Munnar Villa Vista project. The PFI general secretary claimed in the video message that the ED’s action was to “harass” him and the organization would fight against it in a legal and democratic manner.
The demand for a ban against PFI has been rising due to serious allegations against it. The UP government has also said in the Supreme Court that the office bearers of PFI have connections with the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). In all the states including Assam, UP, there is a demand from the central government to ban PFI.
Last year, Kerala-based journalist Siddiq Kappan was arrested while on his way to Hathras. He was going there after the alleged gang-rape death of a Dalit girl. Later, the state government told the court that Kappan was associated with PFI.