Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
For decades, Western policymakers and even counter-terrorism experts were in dark about the ultimate agenda of Tablighi Jamaat. Such misreading of Tablighi Jamaat actions and motives has serious implications for the war on terrorism. One of the most vital points about the Tablighi Jamaat is, it has always adopted and followed the extreme interpretation of Sunni Islam, but in the past two-plus decades, it has radicalized to the point where it is now one of the key driving forces of radical Islam and jihad and a major recruiting agency for the jihadist causes worldwide.
For many years, I have tried to alert the international community, especially the anti-jihadist forces around the world about the potential danger posed by Tablighi Jamaat.
In the western nations, Tablighi Jamaat is continuing its activities from inside the mosques and Muslim community centers. I have witnessed, how hundreds of Muslims have been mesmerized towards radical Islam and jihad by the Tablighi preachers in the mosques and Muslim community centers in the United States, Italy, Britain, and a number of western countries.
The speedy growth of Tablighi Jamaat in the non-Muslim countries, in particular has already come under the radar of anti-jihadist forces and global intelligence agencies as Tablighis are directly linked to global terrorism. But for the past few years, Tablighi Jamaat has espoused a new method of continuing its deeper penetration within the Muslim females by holding discreet congregation at homes, where the females and the minor members of the families are taught the doctrine of radical Islam and the notorious culture of religious hatred and antisemitism.
Pattern of discreet congregation
Members of Tablighi Jamaat first identify their favorable female targets mostly from the Friday prayer congregation in the mosques. The target is generally approached by just one member of the Tablighi Jamaat and within several minutes, they succeed in establishing a sort of relations with the target, mostly by exchanging pleasantries. On the following Friday, the target is invited by the female member of the Tablighi Jamaat to her residence for a cup of tea or coffee. As the target attends, there will already be few members of the female brigade of the Tablighi Jamaat, who would start discussing any topic aimed at initial brainwashing of the target towards radical Islam.
The next meeting would take place at the residence of another female member of the Tablighi Jamaat and within 2-3 meetings, the target already becomes a part of the stealthy legion of jihadism. Then the newly recruited target would be assigned to spread the “message of Islam” amongst other Muslim females and attract them under the umbrella of Tablighis.
I have personally studied a number of cases of such secret congregation of Tablighi Jamaat in a number of western nations and to my utter surprise have seen how the Muslim females in the western countries are not only becoming radicalized but many of them even are turning into lone wolves. The majority of the Muslim male and female being influences and radicalized by Tablighis are immigrants. Being influenced by the Tablighi Jamaat, over seventy percent of the Muslim immigrant females in the western countries are already covering themselves beneath burqa or hijab. Muslim men are growing beards, putting on Arab attire and both males and females uphold the culture of religious hatred and antisemitism. I have heard those radicalized Muslims saying, “Non-Muslims are enemies of Allah, so we must hate them”. When I asked, since they hate the westerners, why they aren’t shifting to any Muslim nation, to my utter shock, they replied, “We are here to use the money we earn from them in destroying them. One day, we shall bring this nation under the flag of Islam”. I have even heard some radicalized Muslim men in the west saying, they consider raping a non-Muslim girl or female as an act of virtue (sic), while they also believe, killing Jews and Christians is their one of their “divine” responsibilities (sic).
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is an internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-jihadist journalist, counter-terrorism specialist and editor of Blitz