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Published On:16 October 2012
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Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviews arrangements for ‘Aalami Tablighi Ijtema’ in Bhopal

By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: The Bharatiya Janata Party,(BJP) ruled Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed to ensure all the necessary arrangements before the commencement of annual “Aalami Tablighi Ijtema” (World congregation of preachers) which is scheduled to be held here at Intkheri on the outskirts of Bhopal from November 24 to 26, 2012.

At a meeting held here on Friday, Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan said that people coming to participate in Ijtema should not face any difficulty. Proper arrangements should be made for drinking water, light, sanitation, traffic, first aid etc. He reviewed various arrangements to be made for the Ijtema. He said that he will also visit guests who will come to participate in Ijtema.

It was informed at the meeting that various departments will coordinate in ensuring all the facilities for the Ijtema. Over 20 lakh litres of water will be made available daily during the period of Ijtema. The Municipal Corporation will place 100 drinking water tanks and the managing committee 50 tanks. Police control room will be set up at Intkheri. Medical camps of Unani, Ayurvedic and Allopathic systems of medicine will be held. A welcome counter will be set up at railway station. Additional coaches will be attached to major trains. Arrangements of additional buses will be made from railway station up to the Ijtema venue for which special permits will be issued.

At the meeting, members of the Ijtema Committee expressed gratitude towards the administration’s utmost cooperation and good arrangements made by it for the Ijtema in the past. The Ijtema Committee members informed that Ijtema is being successfully and peacefully organised every year with the cooperation of the State Government and local administration. Devotees and Jama'ats coming from outside the state have also praised the arrangements.

Committee members Iqbal Hafeez, Mohammad Hafeez Khan, Atiq-ul-Islam and Agha Abdul Qayyum along with Principal Secretary Public Works K. K. Singh, Commissioner Urban Administration & Development Sanjay Shukla, Additional DGP Vijay Yadav, Bhopal Collector Mr. Nikunj Shrivastava and Secretary to the Chief Minister S.K. Mishra were present at the meeting. 

It may be pointed out here that “Tablighi Jamaat” (organisation for spreading faith) is a religious movement which was founded in 1926 by Muhammad Ilyas al-Kandhlawi in India. The movement primarily aims at propagating spiritual reformation by working at the grass roots level, reaching out to Muslims across all social and economic spectra to bring them closer to Islam.

“Tablighi Jamaat’s” inception is believed to be a response to the deteriorating values and negligence of fundamental aspects of Islam, which were considered a threat to Muslims. It gradually expanded from local to national to a transnational movement and now has followers in over 150 countries.

Tablighi Jamaat maintains a non-affiliating stature in matters of politics and “Fiqh” (jurisprudence).

Meanwhile, “Tablighi Jamaat” has largely avoided electronic media and has emphasized a personal communication for proselytizing. The teachings of “Tablighi Jamaat” are mainly basic in approach and the Six Principles put forward by Muhammad Ilyas influence most of their teachings. 

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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