Today, a big decision has been taken in the teachers meeting of Darul Uloom Deoband. According to the information received, Darul Uloom Deoband administration completely banned activities of the Tablighi group within the campus.
While confirming this decision, Maulana Syed Arshad Madani said that this decision was not taken against the Tablighi Jamaat, but it was decided to save Darul Uloom Deoband from any disaster and to protect it. Explaining further, he said that one of the revolutionary works is formation of Tablighi Jamaat out of the revolutionary work done by our ancestors in the world. There was no difference of opinion among the ancestors and also it isn’t there now.
Maulana continued saying, we differ only in engaging students in Tablighi group activities till the time they are persuading their studies. He reminded that we also oppose any person who does membership drive among students to become member of Jamiat-e-Ulama Hind. We never did membership drive among students, so that they should only be concentrating on the sole purpose for which they have been enrolled here and they should not spoil their ability by engaging in other non-academic activities, he added.
He also said, “There are no differences between Darul Uloom and Tablighi Jamaat, unfortunately, the Tablighi Jamaat got divided although reconciliation attempts were made between both sides, but it yielded no results.”
The issue of leadership of the world-wide Tabligh movement is not new. Since the passing away of Maulana Inaam ul Hassan popularly known as Hazrat ji, a shura was appointed instead of one Ameer. Shura consisted of Ameer of Tablighi Jamaat, Pakistan Haji Abdul Wahhab, Maulana Zubair ul Hasan who is the son of Inamul Hasan, and Maulana Saad Kandhalwi son of Maulana Yusuf Kandhalwi, the second Ameer of the group. Since the passing away of Maulana Zubair ul Hasan in 2014, Maualna Saad has become the Ameer.
Son of Maulana Zubair ul Hasan, Maulana Zuhairul Hasan has laid a claim to the leadership, his followers have asked Saad to reconstitute the Shura which was rejected by Maulana Saad.
Following this ongoing tussle for top position of worlds largest Muslim movement, On 19 June, 2016 a clash between the two groups left many injured. Eleven were taken to the hospital and police were deployed in large numbers.
Maulana Syed Arshad Madani further said, he was on a recent visit to the Western countries and found differences among Tablighi Jamaat in US, Canada and England. After division Tablighi Jamaat became extremely violent. In many countries of the world, there fights are becoming regular headlines of the news and this violence is spreading rapidly in India and Bangladesh, he added.
Darul Uloom Deoband administration took this drastic step of banning the Tablighi Jamaat activities in the wake of safeguarding the Darul Uloom’s students and its interests. Management is in preparation of major step so that students should focus only on education and should not be involved in Tablighi group activities.
In a statement issued by Darul Uloom Deoband today Darul Uloom has maintained safe distance from both sides of Tablighi Jamaat. The statement says till the time dispute gets resolved among both sides of Tablighi groups, Darul Uloom will maintain it distance from Tablighi Jamaat.