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Tablighi Jamaat

2017: Deoband campus off limits for Tablighi Jamaat

Mohammed Wajihuddin, Deoband campus now off limits for Tablighi Jamaat, August 11, 2017: The Times of India

The Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has banned Tablighi Jamaat, the global Sunni Muslim movement, from its campus. Restricting the group from conducting any activities inside the “four walls“ of the sprawling madrassa in Deoband (UP), the seminary's administration announced on August 9 that any student found involved in Tablighi activity would face punitive action. The ban will be lifted, said the seminary's administrators, only af ter the Jamaat's two factions warring over the title of Ameer (leader) end their dispute.

This is the first time in the seminary's over-100-years-old history that it has shut its doors on the Tablighi Jamaat, its own ideological offshoot. The action, said the seminary's rector Mufti Abul Qasim Noamani, was needed to prevent a clash among Deoband students who were getting divided into two camps. “We are not against Tablighi Jamaat or its works but were only worried that our students might get sucked into the fight between the two factions.We tried to mediate between the groups to help them sort out their differences but failed. The ban will be lifted only after the two factions bury their differences,“ Mufti Noamani told.

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