Saudi Arabia Bans Tablighi Jamaat; Declares Organization ‘One of The Gates of Terrorism’

The government of Saudi Arabia has banned the Sunni Islamic organization Tablighi Jamaat, calling the group one of the “gates of terrorism”.

The government also directed imams to allocate next Friday’s sermon ceremony to warn people against Tablighi Jamaat.

In a message on twitter, the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs said that Minister Dr. Abdullatif Al_Alsheikh directed the mosques’ preachers to allocate the next Friday sermon to warn against (the Tablighi and Da’wah group) which is called (Al Ahbab).

The government is directed that the sermon include the following topics:

  • Declaration of the misguidance, deviation and danger of the Tablighi Jamaat group, and that it is “one of the gates of terrorism”, even if the group claims otherwise.
  • Mention Tablighi Jamaat’s most prominent mistakes.
  • Mention the group’s danger to society.
  • Statement that affiliation with partisan groups, including (the Tablighi and Da’wah Group) is prohibited in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

According to Pew Research Center, Tablighi Jamaat operates roughly in 150 countries around the world, including Western Europe, Africa, and South Asia.

In South Asia, the Tablighi Jamaat has a large following, particularly in: Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Thailand.

The Jamaat party has not commended.


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