In an apparent move toward modernisation, Saudi Arabia has banned the transnational religious organisation Tableeghi Jamaat, with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs terming the it a ‘danger to society’ and ‘one of the gates of terrorism’.
Mosques have been informed by the country’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs to warn people not to associate themselves with the now-banned organization. The government has also asked mosques to raise awareness about the dangers that the movement poses to society.
“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),” tweeted Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs.
Minister Dr. Abdullatif Al Al-Sheikh also said that people should be educated about the “misguidance, deviation and danger of this group”. He added that people should also be informed about the jamaat’s “most prominent mistakes” and apprised that “affiliation with partisan groups, including (the Tablighi and Da’wah Group) is prohibited in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Tablighi Jamaat is a transnational Sunni Islamic missionary movement that focuses on exhorting Muslims and encouraging fellow members to follow the pure form of Sunni Islam. The organisation is estimated to have between 350 to 400 million adherents worldwide with the majority living in South Asia.