Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi says Jamaat doesn’t characterize the neighborhood and one can neither ‘punish’ nor maintain your entire Muslim neighborhood ‘accountable’ for the Nizamuddin incident.
- Last Updated: April 27, 2020, 11:44 AM IST
Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi calls Tablighi Jamaat’s conduct surrounding the Nizamuddin congregation and the unfold of Covid-19 as “criminal”. In an interview to Information18’s Sumit Pande, Naqvi, the Muslim face within the central authorities, nevertheless underlines that the Jamaat doesn’t characterize the neighborhood and one can neither “punish” nor maintain your entire Muslim neighborhood “responsible” for the March incident. It is the ethical duty of each citizen, he says, to observe pointers issued by the federal government.
This 12 months the holy month of Ramazan has began below very completely different circumstances. What is your message to the neighborhood within the face of the worldwide pandemic?
This can be the primary event within the lifespan of three to 4 generations that we’re welcoming the Holy Month of Ramzan below such difficult occasions. Covid-19 poses a problem to not solely India however to the worldwide neighborhood. We can defeat this virus with self-discipline and persistence. In India, all spiritual leaders, social and spiritual organisations, and central and state governments are united of their combat in opposition to this pandemic. Everyone has determined that even within the month of Ramzan there will probably be no gathering at masjids, idgah’s. And there wouldn’t be any gatherings for Roza Iftaar. Praying with precaution and prevention is one thing which is being adopted the world over. It is our ethical obligation to observe pointers issued by central and state governments and native administration. Everyone should respect and help individuals, particularly docs and nurses who’re on the forefront on this combat in opposition to Covid-19.
Prime Minister has stated the virus doesn’t discriminate on the premise of caste and faith. Do you suppose points like Tablighi Jamaat ought to have been dealt with differently as stigmatisation of each communities and people needs to be averted to include the unfold of the illness?
The aid and assist being prolonged by the federal government shouldn’t be on the premise of religion or caste; nor has there been any intent. You have seen in January, Indians within the Gulf and pilgrims had been caught in Saudi Arabia and Iran. All of them had been introduced again and all assist was prolonged. They are remoted in army-run quarantine camps and brought care of. Most of those individuals had been from the minority neighborhood.
After that there was this challenge associated to Tablighi Jamaat. There are not any two views about the truth that this ‘crime’ by Jamaat has affected the combat in opposition to Covid-19. But we don’t take into account Jamaat as consultant of the Muslims of the nation. It represents a really small part of the neighborhood. The neighborhood, thus, can’t be blamed for what Jamaat has completed. Jamaat will probably be handled as per the regulation of the land. And you’d have seen that a lot of the Muslim organisations have endorsed this view. But you possibly can’t punish the entire neighborhood due to that and nor can they be held liable for it.
Epidemiologists say position of neighborhood leaders and even spiritual leaders as influencers is vital within the face of a pandemic like this. Do you suppose we needs to be reaching out to such individuals to speak successfully?
We have seen how disciplined individuals had been once we celebrated Shab-e-Baraat lately. Generally, that is one event when individuals take out processions and burst fire-crackers. This time round although, individuals determined to remain residence. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Ulemas and spiritual leaders appealed to the individuals and it was adopted. Waqf Boards additionally performed an essential position in speaking and convincing individuals to not enterprise out.
There has been a current controversy within the West-Asia concerning some Islamophobic social media put up and feedback which raised numerous hackles. Our ambassador has needed to make clear. Do you suppose there’s a lesson right here for all, together with lawmakers and celebrities, on what they are saying on social media and in any other case?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes choices for the welfare of all of the 130 crore residents of the nation. Unfortunately, some individuals even in these making an attempt occasions take into consideration their very own political positive aspects over nationwide curiosity. Some individuals write letters. They attempt to weaken our distinctive tradition of unity in range. As far secularism is taken into account, for us it’s not a political vogue however an ideal ardour for us. And this authorities is working in consonance with that zeal. No one can accuse the Modi authorities of any social, financial, academic or spiritual discrimination within the final 5.5 years that we now have been in energy.
Our motto has been improvement with dignity and improvement with out discrimination. Some people who find themselves not having the ability to digest this have tried to malign India’s picture overseas and that is unlucky.