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All Tablighi Jamaat programs are organised and conducted with due permission from the relevant authorities in a cordial atmosphere

Tuesday April 7, 2020 2:18 PM, ummid.com News Network

Tablighi Jamaat Notice to Times Now

New Delhi: Hafeezulla Khan, a member of Tablighi Jamaat, has sent a legal notice to the Managing Director of Bennett Coleman and Co. Ltd. Vineet Jain, as well as the Editor-in-Chief Jaideep Bose amongst others, seeking for compensation of Rs. 1 crore for a defamatory and inflammatory article published on the Times Now website linking the Jamaat with terror outfits.

The notice, sent by Bangalore based Prime Law Associates, states that the members of the Tablighi Jamaat are law-abiding citizens and have had no run-ins with the law in over 100 years of its existence.

"The organization has always closely with law enforcement agencies and has ensure procurement of due permission before conducting any programs", the notice said.

"All its members are law abiding and the Tablighi Jamaat has neither ecouraged nor supported, and has in fact opposed any violation of law by any person or organisation", the notice said.

"Tablighi Jamaat is an apolitical socio-religious movement working with the Muslim community across the world for increasing their awareness of basic principles of Islam and Prophetic traditions, and enable Muslims to live as honest and responsible citizens of the countries they live in", it said.

"The Tablighi Jamaat from its incpetion has worked closely with establishment and law enforcement agencies. All its programs are organised and conducted with due permission from the relevant authorities in a cordial atmosphere", Hazfeesulla Khan said.

The article was published after Tablighi Jamaat hit the media headlines following the reports of Coronavirus positive cases at Tablighi Markaz Nizamuddin in New Delhi. Pointing out the mentions in the article that purportedly linked Tablighi Jamaat with dubious terror organisations, the notice asked Times Now to tender unconditional apology.

"Your article is therefore not only defamatory but is also designed to cause maximum damage to the reputation of our client. It promotes enmity and hatred towards all members of the Tablighi Jamaat putting them at risk of violence", the notice said.

"We therefore call upon you to immediately publish an unconditional apology stating clearly that Tablighi Jamaat has no link to any terror organistaion on a prominent place of your website", he said.

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