BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah, who had been in detention for eight months said Muslims should not be blamed for the spread of coronavirus in the country.
He was reacting to netizens’ response to the reports that several people who tested positive for COVID-19 had gathered at Markaz Nizamuddin, the Delhi headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat, for an event between March 8 and March 10.
“Now the #TablighiJamat will become a convenient excuse for some to vilify Muslims everywhere as if we created & spread #COVID around the world,” Abdullah said in a series of tweets.
“At first glance it would appear the #TablighiJamat were nothing if not irresponsible in the way they went about things but that’s not unique to them. The majority of Muslims in India have heeded government guidelines and advice the same as anyone else,” he added.
Abdullah said those people who were associating the COVID-19 with the Tabligh-e-Jamaat were more dangerous than any virus.
People tweeting stuff with hash tags like Tablighi virus are more dangerous than any virus nature could ever conjure up because their minds are sick while their bodies may very well be healthy.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 31, 2020
Over 2,000 delegates, including from Indonesia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, had attended the congregation.
The National Conference leader also posted few photos of new Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan‘s oath taking ceremony. The ceremony was attended by hundreds amid the coronavirus outbreak.
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) March 31, 2020