The government in Saudi Arabia has banned the Tablighi Jamaat, a transnational Sunni Islamic missionary movement, calling it dangerous for society.
The country’s Minister of Islamic Affairs made an announcement on social media directing the mosques to warn people against associating with them during the Friday sermon. It also described the Tablighi Jamaat as “one of the gates of terrorism”.
“His Excellency the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dr Abdullatif Al_Alsheikh .The preachers of mosques and mosques in which Friday prayers are temporarily held, by dedicating the next Friday sermon 6/5/1443 AH to warn against (the Tablighi and Da’wah group), which is called (the Beloved) (sic),” the ministry said in a series of tweets on December 6.
The Saudi Arabian ministry further directed that the sermon include topics like:
1. The misguidance, deviation and danger of this group, and that it is one of the gates of terrorism, even if they claim otherwise.
2. Mention their most prominent mistakes.
3. Mention that they are a danger to society.
4. A statement that affiliation with partisan groups, including (the Tablighi and Dawah Group) is prohibited in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Tablighi Jamaat is a transnational Sunni Islamic missionary movement that focuses on exhorting Muslims and encouraging fellow members to follow the pure form of Sunni Islam. They urge the Muslims to follow the dressing code, rituals and personal behaviour strictly.