The Islam phobic hashtags began circulating shortly after the news broke of COVID-19 in late March. On the evening of April 3, a school teacher in Amranga, a village in Assam’s Kamrup district, called up the local police accusing him of nettlesome social media activity. Two men from the adjacent village of Bholagaon found hiding in the nearest fields, who had attended the religious convention organized by the Tablighi Jamaat, The Indian government has filed a case against its Chief Maulana Mohammad Saad Kandhalvi for arranging a gathering at its headquarters located in Nizamuddin locality in the heart of capital New Delhi. Even senior leaders of India are ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were quick to denounce the Jamaat for arranging congregation, alleging the act had endangered lives.
Indian authorities had linked dozens of cases of COVID-19 to a Muslim missionary group that held its annual conference in Delhi in early March, and health officials were racing to track down anyone who had contact with the participants. Tablighi Jamaat is now a global religious movement, with followers in more than 80 countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, and the US. The Jamaat has its headquarters in every country it operates in, but its global spiritual center remains the Markaz (center) in Delhi.
The annual Delhi conference of Jamaat was inaugurated on 3 March. This conference had many attendants including 250 foreigners, chose to stay on. It is considered that some of them were carrying the COVID-19 infection that has now been transported across the country. This is housed in a multi-story building in Nizamuddin, a prominently Muslim residential area in Delhi. The Markaz comprises a mosque and dormitories that can accommodate 5,000 people. One of Jammat’s members, Waseem Ahmed, told BBC Hindi that hundreds of delegates left before the lockdown came into effect on 24 March. But that more than 1,000 followers got stranded, as all modes of transport and international flights were canceled. Since then, police have cleared out the hostel where these foreign nationals were staying and quarantined them in another location in Delhi. Efforts are now on in every state to trace and test people who were at the event as the number of COVID-19 cases linked to the event steadily rises.
Discussing more! Ever since news broke that the convention held by the Tablighi Jamaat, a Muslim religious group, was a COVID-19 hotspot, rumors’ about the spread of the coronavirus have taken on a communal hue. Videos circulating on social media platforms appeared to show Muslim men spitting on food, licking plates and sneezing in unison to spread the virus. All of the videos have been debunked as fake news. Even certain television channels and organizations like the Bharatiya Janata Party’s IT Cell blamed Muslims for the spread of the pandemic in India. A 22-year-old who had reportedly returned from a Tablighi Jamat congregation in Bhopal was assaulted in Harewali village accused of being Corona infected. A Muslim family in Gurgaon was allegedly attacked for taking videos of a procession that took to the streets to carry out Modi’s instructions. A mosque in Gurgaon was shot at and the men arrested for it told the police they had fired to “check if anyone infected with the coronavirus was hiding inside” saying “We exhort others in the country to follow suit,” The residents of the said area heckle two vegetable vendors, asking for their names. Mobs are attacking Muslims. A dire warning follows: “Only come here with your Aadhaar card or we will chase you away with sticks. ,” Appadurai says of the Tablighi Jamaat congregation. “But of course, India is a very dangerous place for Muslims even apart from the coronavirus. It was asking for just the kind of thing that has now happened
Concluding more! Although the Indian Prime Minister has lightened up candles for bringing light and peace in the country Muslim bloodbath remained continued. In India, Muslims are in double trouble. On one hand, they are facing the threat of Corona Virus while on the other hand they are accused of spreading it.