Tablighi Jamaat, formed in 1927 in India, was a traditional Islamic movement. Nizamuddin (Delhi) was its headquarter. Tablighi Jamaat is believed to control several mosques in Britain. The Islamic movement, again, is in news for some different reason this time.
Vijay Dutt has reported in Hindustan Times that the terrorists caught by the police in the connection with recent terror attempt from Heathrow airport have some established link with Tablighi Jamaat.
Now, the security agencies in Britain, Europe and the US have started making enquiry about the wings of Tablighi Jamaat and its possible link with Al Qaeda.
Assad Sarwar, a suspect of the recent terror plot, and his brother Amjad Sarwar have arrested in High Wycombe. They accepted that they are follower of the sect.
Amjad accepted it on Channel 4 that he was at Tablighi Jamaat.
This is not only the story of Assad. The other twenty-three people arrested have accepted that they were the followers of the Tablighi Jamaat.
Waheed Zaman, another suspect arrested, is also allegedly a follower.
Earlier, one of the 7/7 suicide bombers, Mohammad Sidique Khan, was also a follower and Shehzad Tanweer, the other bomber, had visited a mosque that is under control of Tablighi Jamaat in Leeds.
The British police are watching the traveling preachers of the sect. The followers usually go to journeys for a specified period of three days to four months. During the journey, members of each group learn the tenets of Islam from each other.
Some of these preachers had some frequent visits to a mosque in East London where the majority of the 23 detainees had gone to pray earlier.
Some of the Al Qaeda operatives already did confession in the US that they had earlier attended the Jamaat’s camp held in Pakistan.