Tablighi Jamaat leader says he’s under quarantine on doctors’ advice

A search is on to trace participants of the Tablighi Jamaat event that has emerged as a virus hotspot

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The Tablighi Jamaat congregation in March had reportedly become an epicentre for “spread of the coronavirus in the country” as hundreds of the attendees had tested positive for the infection then. This included foreigners as well. | PTI File

Tablighi Jamaat leader Maulana Saad Kandhalvi on Thursday (April 2) said he has quarantined himself on doctors’ advice. A nationwide manhunt is currently on to trace the participants of a congregation organised last month by Jamaat in Delhi’s Nizamuddin that has emerged as a major epicentre of the virus.

“We should help and support our government in dealing with this crisis. I have quarantined myself in Delhi under instructions from doctors. This precautionary measure is not against the principle of faith so it’s important to adopt such steps,” said Maulana Saad in an audio clip.

“I appeal to all my jamaat to follow the instruction of our government,” Saad said in the clip. The authorities across states have identified over 6,000 people who attended the Nizamuddin Tablighi Jamaat congregation.

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The mid-March Islamic religious discourse was attended by thousands of Jamaat members, along with hundreds of foreigners — many of them suspected to be coronavirus positive — and has triggered a nationwide scare of community spread of the virus.

“There’s no doubt that this pandemic is the result of sins we humans have been committing. We should pray to Allah for forgiveness while staying at home. This way, we will be able to please our lord to show mercy on humankind and save them from this pandemic,” Saad said.

Instructions of ulemas, government, and doctors need to be followed and no one should stray out of home and organise gatherings, he said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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