Dhaka: Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, Emir (leader) of Tablighi Jamaat Nizamuddin Markaz of Delhi arrived in the capital city of Bangladesh yesterday but will not join the Biswa Ijtema which is scheduled to start on Friday in Tongi.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Joint Commissioner Krishna Pada Roy disclosed the information while talking to journalists at Kakrail Mosque in Dhaka on Thursday morning.
“Maulana Saad is currently staying at Kakrail Mosque and the decision was taken to maintain discipline in Ijtema,” DMP said.
A huge number of police force has been deployed near the Kakrail mosque where Maulana Saad Kandhalvi is staying.
Earlier on Wednesday, a faction of the Tablighi Jamaat staged a demonstration in Dhaka airport area in protest against the arrival of Khandhalvi from India, creating huge traffic congestions at the Airport Road.
Tabligh Jamaat members were protesting against the leadership of Kandhalvi in the Biswa Ijtema. Some of the protesters said Tabligh Jamaat members in India and Bangladesh have been opposing the visit of Maulana Saad as Darul Uloom Deoband, the movement’s central seminary, has been maintaining a state of non-cooperation with him.
Darul Uloom Deoband issued a fatwa (decree) against Kandhalvi in December 2016, accusing him of “misinterpreting Islamic Sharia and insulting prophets and messengers of the Almighty.”
As reported by Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh Tabligh’s Shura [executive] members Syed Wasiful Islam, Mohammad Khan Shahabuddin Nasim, Professor Yunus Shikder and Maulana Mosharraf Hossain are in favour of Saad’s visit to Bangladesh.
Three of the top seven leaders of Bangladesh Tabligh Jamaat – Maulana Muhammad Jubayer, Maulana Rabiul Haque and Maulana Omar Faruq – have protested Saad’s visit, the report said.
Maulana Saad is the grandson of Maulana Ilyas who was the founder of Tablighi Jamaat. At present he serves as leader of Tablighi Markaz of Nizamuddin in Delhi. He led the final Munajat (Supplications) of Biswa Ijtema in Tongi since last three years.
Biswa Ijtema is the second largest congregation of the Muslim community after the holy hajj which will be held from 12-14 January on the bank of the Turag River in Tongi.