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 group and one can neither “punish” nor maintain your entire Muslim group “responsible” for the March incident. It is the ethical duty of each citizen, he says, to observe pointers issued by the federal government.
This yr the holy month of Ramazan has began beneath very completely different circumstances. What is your message to the group within the face of the worldwide pandemic?
This would be the primary event within the lifespan of three to 4 generations that we’re welcoming the Holy Month of Ramzan beneath such difficult occasions. Covid-19 poses a problem to not solely India but to the worldwide group. We can defeat this virus with self-discipline and persistence. In India, all non secular leaders, social and non secular organisations, and central and state governments are united of their struggle towards this pandemic. Everyone has determined that even within the month of Ramzan there’ll 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 folks, particularly docs and nurses who’re on the forefront on this struggle towards Covid-19.
Prime Minister has stated the virus doesn’t discriminate on the idea of caste and faith. Do you suppose points like Tablighi Jamaat ought to have been dealt with another way as stigmatisation of each communities and people ought to be prevented to comprise the unfold of the illness?
The aid and assist being prolonged by the federal government shouldn’t be on the idea 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 folks had been from the minority group.
After that there was this difficulty associated to Tablighi Jamaat. There are not any two views about the truth that this ‘crime’ by Jamaat has affected the struggle towards Covid-19. But we don’t contemplate Jamaat as consultant of the Muslims of the nation. It represents a really small part of the group. The group, thus, can’t be blamed for what Jamaat has performed. Jamaat will be handled as per the legislation of the land. And you’ll have seen that many of the Muslim organisations have endorsed this view. But you may’t punish the entire group due to that and nor can they be held accountable for it.
Epidemiologists say function of group leaders and even non secular leaders as influencers is crucial within the face of a pandemic like this. Do you suppose we must always be reaching out to such folks to speak successfully?
We have seen how disciplined folks had been once we celebrated Shab-e-Baraat lately. Generally, that is one event when folks take out processions and burst fire-crackers. This time round although, folks determined to remain house. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Ulemas and non secular leaders appealed to the folks and it was adopted. Waqf Boards additionally performed an essential function in speaking and convincing folks to not enterprise out.
There has been a current controversy within the West-Asia relating to some Islamophobic social media submit and feedback which raised plenty of 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 folks even in these attempting occasions take into consideration their very own political positive factors over nationwide curiosity. Some folks write letters. They attempt to weaken our distinctive tradition of unity in variety. As far secularism is taken into account, for us it’s not a political trend but an ideal ardour for us. And this authorities is working in consonance with that keenness. No one can accuse the Modi authorities of any social, financial, instructional or non secular discrimination within the final 5.5 years that we now have been in energy.
Our motto has been growth with dignity and growth 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.