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Maulana Saad Replies to Delhi Police Notice, Says 'Tablighi Jamaat Members Tested Coronavirus Positive is Co-Incidence'

Maulana Saad, in his written statement, has termed the incident of Jamaat headquarters guests being positive for coronavirus, "a co-incidence" only. UPDATED ON: APRIL 4, 2020, 1:35 PM IST IANS Men, who according to health and police officials had visited three Muslim missionary gatherings including in Nizamuddin area of New Delhi, wearing protective masks sit in an ambulance that will take them to a quarantine facility amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ahmedabad, India, April 3, 2020. REUTERS/Amit Dave New Delhi:  Nizamuddin's Tablighi Jamaat chief Maulana Mohd. Saad Kandhalvi has admitted that the crime branch of Delhi Police has issued a notice to him along with a questionnaire. Maulana Saad's son and Jamaat Committee member Mohd. Yusuf Saad gave a written statement to IANS on Friday. According to Yusuf the statement was drafted in consultation with the Maulana. Advertisement "Media reports about the Jamaat headquarters since

Coronavirus: Pakistan quarantines Tablighi Jamaat missionaries Popular Islamic movement faces pressure to curb activities in Pakistan after mass gathering linked to spread of virus around world A globally influential Islamic missionary movement is facing mounting pressure to curb its activities in Pakistan after holding a mass gathering last month which has been linked to the spread of coronavirus as far afield as Gaza. About 250,000 people travelled from around the world to attend Tablighi Jamaat's annual conference, or Ijtema, in Raiwind, south of Lahore, which went ahead in mid-March despite growing concerns about the dangers posed by the global pandemic. Two Palestinian men who had been in Lahore days later became the first confirmed cases of coronavirus in Gaza For three days, attendees from dozens of countries prayed, ate and slept in close quarters before organisers bowed to pressure to cut the event short. But on Thursday, Pakistani authorities placed the entire town of Raiwind  under quarantine , closing shops and pr

Tablighi Jamaat: Jihad's Stealthy Legions by  Alex Alexiev Middle East Quarterly Winter 2005 , pp. 3-11 Every fall, over a million almost identically dressed, bearded Muslim men from around the world descend on the small Pakistani town of Raiwind for a three-day celebration of faith. Similar gatherings take place annually outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Bhopal, India. These pilgrims are no ordinary Muslims, though; they belong to a movement called Tablighi Jamaat ("Proselytizing Group"). They are trained missionaries who have dedicated much of their lives to spreading Islam across the globe. The largest group of religious proselytizers of any faith, they are part of the reason for the explosive growth of Islamic religious fervor and conversion. Despite its size, worldwide presence, and tremendous importance, Tablighi Jamaat remains largely unknown outside the Muslim community, even to many scholars of Islam. This is no coincidence. Tablighi Jamaat officials work to remain outside of both media and gover

Wealth in India: The poor do not count

The poor do not really matter as consumers. They do matter, however, as a reserve army of labour, keeping wages down in the overall economy and boosting profits, which bolsters the incomes of the rich. Photo: Mint Wealth in India: The poor do not count 5 min read   .   Updated: 07 Apr 2017, 02:25 AM IST Manas Chakravarty The richest household's assets are worth much more than that of all the others combined and the same conclusion holds if we take the distribution of rural assets We all know that Credit Suisse reckons that the richest 1% of Indians own 58.4% of the nation’s wealth, up from 36.8% in 2000. What is perhaps not so well-known is that, according to the Credit Suisse report, the bottom 70% of Indians together now own just 7% of the country’s wealth. That is down from 13.9% in 2010. But do we have other domestic estimates of the wealth divide? Cast your eyes on Chart 1. It’s taken from the National Sample Survey Office’s report on Household Capital Expenditure in India. Th

Coronavirus Letter To Humanity

The earth whispered but you did not hear.  The earth spoke but you did not listen The earth screamed but you turned her off.  And so I was born... I was not born to punish you..  I was born to awaken you.. The earth cried out for help... Massive Flooding. But you didn't listen.  Burning Fires. But you didn't listen.  Strong Hurricanes. But you didn't listen.  Terrifying Tornadoes. But you didn't listen.  Massive Earthquakes. But you still refused to listen. You still don't listen to the earth when.  Ocean animals are dying due to pollutants in the waters.  Glaciers melting at an alarming rate.  Severe drought.  You didn't listen to how much negativity the earth is receiving. Non-stop wars.  Non-stop greed.  You just kept going on with your life.. No matter how much hate there was..  No matter how many killings daily..  It was more important to get that latest iPhone or Samsung  Smartphone than worry about what the earth was trying to tell you.. But now I am here

How economies react to wars and pandemics

Source: AXIOS Edge * Look at Europe to see the difference in how economies react to wars and pandemics. A magnificent Bank of England database has European interest rates going back to the 14th Century — enough time to encompass a statistically significant number of both wars and pandemics. A new paper uses that database to look at real interest rates in Europe following both wars and pandemics. The starkest difference takes place not in the immediate aftermath but rather 20–30 years later. What they found : Pandemics are associated with lower real interest rates, which means a lower demand for capital and subdued economic growth. Pandemics have extremely long-term public health effects. A 2006 paper found that individuals who were in utero during the 1918–19 flu pandemic "displayed reduced educational attainment, increased rates of physical disability, and lower income" compared with other cohorts

AXIOS World: A month that changed the world

      Axios World By Dave Lawler ·Apr 02, 2020     1 big thing: A month that changed the world Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios   It’s already hard to envision  the world we lived in one month ago. Flashback:  A  WHO report  from March 1 shows a total of 7,169 coronavirus cases outside of China, with just seven countries having recorded even a single fatality and the total death toll under 3,000, including China. The only Europeans under quarantine were residents of 10 towns in northern Italy. Spectators packed into sports stadiums, friends gathered at bars, nearly everyone went to work. Stock markets were reeling as forecasts of the coming storm grew darker, but life in Europe and North America went on more or less as normal. The March 2 edition of this newsletter focused on the Afghan peace deal, Israel’s election and Syria’s refugee crisis. The coronavirus didn’t feature, beyond our regularly updated graphic. Flash forward:  The global case count has now topped 1 million. Spain, whi