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EFSAS comments on Saudi Arabia’s decision to ban the Tablighi Jamaat


A Sunni Islamic missionary movement, the TJ was founded in Mewat in 1926 by Maulana Mohammed Ilyas Khandelwi with the aim of spiritually reforming Muslim society. The Maulana exhorted Muslims to return to a pure form of Islam by practicing their faith and stressing on matters of ritual, dress and personal behaviour. He famously coined the slogan “Oh Muslims! Become Muslims!” Most TJ adherents follow the Hanafi School of jurisprudence. The roots of the TJ movement can be traced to the Deobandi tradition, which originated from the Darul Uloom madrassa in Deoband in the Uttar Pradesh state in India.