Bob’s murder: Tablighi Jammat: Deoband

Tags: Tablighi Jammat TJ Pak Cricket Team US Nusharraf Deoband Bob Woolmer Rahul Gandhi; 

Day after the death of Woolmer, Rahul Gandhi visited on March 19 at Deoband which is founding org of Tablighi jammat. Inzamam and other Pak Cricketers members of TJ; Terrorists have links with TJ. 

Three cricket fans which stayed in the hotel where Pak Cricket team stayed. They are gofers. At Deoband, Rahul’s virtually security-free mingling with the students sent out an unambiguous message: one of easy trust. And at the rally at the end of his three-hour-long halt in Deoband, he carried the message forward, “I am blind, blind to caste and religion,” he said, pausing, “I only see Hindustanis.” The audience broke into cheers. “All Hindustanis are one, and if I see one Hindustani strike another, I will stand with the one who has been struck.” 

Rahul’s speeches may be short on flamboyance, but they are direct: “UP has fallen behind in the race for development. Only youth power will change it—and I see that youth power standing in front of me,” he said to cries of “Rahul Gandhi zindabad”. 

It was also brave: in current folklore, the

School is seen as being the inspiration for the Taliban and Islamic terrorism. It is the breeding ground for the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Little wonder then that no Congress leader has visited the seminary after Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Indira Gandhi, the last in 1980. A fact Rahul pointed to: “Don’t forget, I am Indira Gandhi’s grandson.” 

The Tablighi JamatSome famous people who propagate Islam by joining the Tablighi Jamaat (a movement started by a student of the Islamic University, Deoband, Maulana Muhammad Ilyas) are Pakistani cricketers Shahid Afridi, Inzamam ul Haq, Mohammad Yousuf (a recent revert/convert), Saqlain Mushtaq and many others, also, former Pakistani cricketers including Saeed Anwar and Salim Malik.  A very famous pop star Junaid Jamshaid is also a visible personality, propagating Islam to the masses amongst many others 


Opinion of the cricketors on Religion in Pakistani Cricket(1) Former Pakistani captain, Asif Iqbal, has mystery given a more perceptive reason for the downfall of the team: over emphasis on religion. Today, the Pakistani team looks like a band of religious zealots. There is nothing wrong with flaunting one’s religious identity, but not if it overwhelms every other aspect of a person. In the process, somewhere, the Pakistani team, which has no dearth of talented players, has lost its way. 

(2) ”
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer’s authority was undermined by captain Inzamam-ul-Haq’s ‘spiritual hold of the team’ ..The more serious issue was that Inzamam was not only the cricketing leader but the spiritual talisman of the team who expected – and was mostly given – total obeisance by his team-mates… Inzamam would go into a “brooding silence” for days after disagreements with Briton Woolmer. ” the former Pakistan Cricket Board chairperson Shaharyar Khan said.Shahryar Khan has been quoted as telling Sportsweek on BBC Radio Five Live after the murder of Woolmer as follows: “”Bob told me about six months ago that he was very frustrated because the team was always at prayer at lunchtime, tea and after play.He was not able to get through to them on cricketing issues. He felt frustrated about that and asked me what to do. 

(3) Sarfraz Nawazopenly claimed that captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, along with Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Mushtaq Ahmed, Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik were involved in betting. 

(4) 4. These sources also say that Inzimam, who is otherwise a likable and mild-mannered person, used to turn mad with fury when anybody criticised Islam or the TJ.  

(5) B.Raman, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai suggested in his article: “It would be useful for the Jamaican Police to enquire whether any TJ cleric from Pakistan had accompanied the team, if so, his role, whether the TJ has a branch in the West Indies, whether its local leaders used to visit the hotel, whether Woolmer raised the issue of the negative influence of the TJ on the performance of the players against Ireland and whether it led to any quarrel with Inzimam and other members of the TJ group in the team. The TJ group in the team should be an important focus of the investigation.” 

(6) The Woolmer Murder   [Iain Murray]As I mentioned, the
UK papers are devoting a lot of space to the story.  The Daily Telegraph even has its United States Editor Toby Harnden (a truly excellent journalist and a fine man to boot – ex-Royal Navy himself) in
Jamaica for the story.  One thing that has not been mentioned much is what one correspondent calls a “holier than thou religiosity” that has prevaded Pakistani cricket, even as it has become embroiled in allegations of match-fixing, steroid abuse and ball-tampering.  Mohammad Yousuf, for example, attributed his good form last year to his conversion from Christianity to Islam and performs the sidjah every time he scores a century.  The Tablighi Jamaat is very influential in the team.  

Now I want to make it clear that I am not suggesting that Islamism had any role in the murder of Bob Woolmer, which seems at the moment most likely connected with match-fixing, but as Osman Samiuddin suggests, it has played a role in a talented team becoming disfunctional and helped to cover up what might be charitably described as moral failings. 

For the benefit of
Pakistan and cricket, the shambles of the Pakistani team need to be cleared up.  If solving the murder of Bob Woolmer helps in that process, it will be a tribute to a great coach.Meanwhile, leave it to a Guardian columnist to drag the
US into a cricket scandal. 

(7) While “factionalism” is often cited as a source of the malaise of Pakistani cricket, little is said about the bugbear of authoritarianism. The US-backed military dictatorship – which controls all the cricket structures – is treated by the cricket media as a natural state of affairs. 

(6) Dominic Whiteman on March 22, 2007 has written:…….Apparently, the conspicuous Islamicisation of the Pakistani cricket team recently prompted even
Pakistan’s President – General Pervez Musharraf – to advise the Chairman of the

Pakistan Cricket Board Dr

Naseem Ashraf to ask the players to strike a balance between religion and cricket. One imagines his prompts sounded more like orders this morning.

Whether it’s religion and politics or, more importantly, religion and cricket – religion just doesn’t mix.

Tablighi Jamaat should not be banned in
Britain. But someone should tell it to focus its ambitions less on unattainable erections and more on bringing its subjugated womenfolk into modernity. Dominic Whiteman is spokesperson for the London-based VIGIL anti-terrorist organization – an international network of terror trackers, including former intelligence officers, military personnel and experts ranging from linguistic to banking experts.  

The Pakistani Newspaper notes, “The 3-4 months in a year that the Pakistani team members such as Imran Khan, Majid Khan, Asif Iqbal, Sarfraz Nawaz, Javed Miandad, Zaheer Abbas, Mohsin Khan, Rameez Raja, etc, used to spend in England playing county cricket, would make them adopt the lifestyle of any other English cricketer: liquor, nightclubs, girlfriends and everything else that comes with the package. However, those days of cricketing casualness are now memory, as are so many aspects of secular life in Jinnah’s
Pakistan. The Pakistani cricketers have never pursued their religious beliefs as devoutly as they do nowadays. “Bismillah” (In the name of Allah) or “Inshallah” (God willing) stud their every utterance, no matter whether they are on the field or elsewhere. The team members huddle together to pray on the ground during pre-match preparations; ‘Islamic beards’ are sported as an advertisement of their faith; batsmen have known to cramp because they fast and play during the holy month of Ramadan. “ 

The newspaper notes further added: “This religiosity has come about because a clutch of players — Inzimam, Mushtaq Ahmed (bowling coach), Mohammad Yousaf, Saqlain Mushtaq, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Yasser Hameed – have become members of the Tablighi Jamaat (TJ), participating in public gatherings organized to propagate Islam and stress the virtue of an ‘authentic Islamic lifestyle’. The TJ has invaded the dressing room of the Pakistani cricket team – they can be seen praying with players and reciting the Holy Quran for the team’s success (never mind that it has been performing poorly). As TJ membership makes it incumbent upon a person to preach, most of the Tablighi cricketers, especially Inzimam, often conduct preaching tours across
Pakistan. Inzimam’s penchant to mix religion with cricket has already sparked accusations that he favours Tablighi players over those who are either secular or prefer to confine religion to their private lives. The non-Tablighi group is reportedly led by Vice-Captain Younas Khan and includes Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Asif, Danish Kaneria, Imran Nazir, Abdul Razzaq, etc. This divide often shadows differences between players. This shrinking of the secular space is perhaps already happening in the cricket team. But for those persevering in the way of Allah Almighty, these are minor matters.” 


On March 20, I have given following facts in my article titled “Was Bob Woolmer poisoned? Police confirmed ‘death threats from Pak fans’” 

The above agle is now more studying by the detectives and police of jamaica. 

A gofer or go-fer is an employee who is often sent on errands. 

Middle-aged Pakistani nationals Hamid Malik, Jundie Khan and Efran Chaudhray checked out of the team hotel soon after Woolmer was found. They appeared at several press conferences and were seen with players and carrying Pakistani flags in the foyer of the team hotel in Kingston, Jamaica.  

They are described as gofers who brought players halal food and drove them around Jamaica.  

They are believed to have had access to the 12th floor, where Woolmer’s room was. Jamaican deputy police commissioner Mark Shields said yesterday he was seeking to eliminate the three from inquiries.  

Police to test Woolmer’s last meal for drugs“He was 6ft 1 in (185cm) and a big man, and unless he was drugged or impaired it would perhaps have been difficult to restrain him. We are looking at whether his food was drugged. The meal was thrown away after he put the tray outside his room, but we are conducting toxicology and tissue tests,” Mark Shields said.  

Police have still to interview a fourth Pakistani, a local businessman, who is a friend of some Pakistan players. 

After banned SIMI, now the activities of some members of JuH and Tablighi jamaat are also under ATS scanning. Neither the leaders of Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind (JuH) nor Tablighi jamaat (TJ) are nationalists. Fact is that the mullahs are losing political control over their community, and these are devises to control them. Now, they act as powerbrokers. They have linked with the International terrorists organizations. 

At least 20 people were picked up by police in Tripura overnight for interrogation, even as a team from Mumbai began questioning 11 Muslim youths from Maharasthra for any links with the serial bombings in the country’s financial hub. All belongs to SIMI have been detained for questioning in the state for holding public meetings at Kamalpura near
India‘s border with Bangaldesh.  

The detainees have reportedly told the police that they are members of the Tabligh-i-Jamaat, based in Mumbra area
Maharashtra‘s Thane District near Mumbai. Mumbra is a terrorist hub. Detention of these youths shows nexus between SIMI, JuH and Tabligh-i-Jamaat.  


A giant mosque for 2012 OlympicA giant mosque a £300 million project of Tablighi Jamaat that will hold 40,000 worshippers is being proposed beside the 2012 Olympic complex in Newham,
London. Terrorist linked group wants to use it permanent HQ.  


Tablighi suspected for Godhra train burningIndian investigators suspect influential Tablighi leader, Maulana Umarji, and a group of his followers in the February 27, 2002 fire bombing of a train carrying ‘Karsewaks’ from Ayodhya. Maulana  


By Premendra Agrawal 


2 Responses to “Bob’s murder: Tablighi Jammat: Deoband”

  1. raju bhatia Says:

    Bull shit… u dont know how clean the tableegh jamaat is… see rss and sang parivar is behind godhra, dont forget modi..

  2. Suhail Alji Says:

    I really dislike calling it the “Tablighi Jama’at”, simply because there does exist no sect of that name. It’s the blessed work and responsibilty of every single Muslim. That’s why I’ve until now avoided to post entries or articles making this effort business of a special group.

    But it’s none the less important to refuse the false accusations spread by ignorant brother and sisters, so I just found this excellent article defending the means of this effort and the book used Faza’il-e-A’maal.

    A brief introduction

    Tableegh literally means ‘to convey’. Contextually, it refers to conveying the message of Islam. This is the sunnah of all the prophets. The most important rule of tableegh is hikmah. Allah Ta’ala says in the Holy Quran:

    ادع إلى سبيل ربك بالحكمة والموعظة الحسنة
    Invite (people) to the way of your lord with wisdom and good counsel.

    (Verse: 16:125)

    Whosoever does tableegh must adopt hikmah. It is only then, that people will understand and accept.

    The system conducted by the Tableegh Jama’at was initiated by Moulana Ilyas Saheb (Rahimahullah). He observed that people were too engrossed in their worldly activities and had forgotten the objective for which they had been sent to this world. He realised that they had to free some time from their worldly engagements, to sit and ponder about Allah Ta’ala and their purpose for being sent to this world. Therefore, he started calling people to the masjid, and reminded them about Allah Ta’ala and His greatness. Initially people rebuked him, they discouraged him and used to say that they had no time for all of this; but as time went by, they realised the truth behind it and the need for it, and started joining him in calling others towards Allah Ta’ala. Thereafter, when more people started joining this work, a few guidelines had to be set, to make sure that the work was done in a proper manner. Different time periods of 3 days, 40 days, etc. were set, so that people knew for how long they had to be away, and could make the necessary arrangements for that period.

    Their beliefs and objectives

    Those that are engaged in the work of tableegh are from the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah. They do not have any beliefs that are exclusive to them. Each one is allowed to follow his own mazhab, as long as he does not move away from the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah.

    Their objective is that each and every Muslim adopts the Islamic way in all aspects of life. They do not advice anyone to leave all their daily activities and join this work, but they encourage people to take out some time from their daily engagements so that the rest of the time could be spent in accordance to the teachings of Islam. Spending time in the path of Allah is not the objective of the work, but rather the objective is to adopt the Islamic lifestyle whilst engaged in daily activities, whether one is at home with family or at his work place; spending time in the path of Allah Ta’ala only acts as a means to fulfil this objective.

    Proof from Quran and Hadith

    There are numerous verses of the Quran and the Ahadith of Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) that support the practice of tableegh. Hereunder are a few of them:

    From the Holy Quran:

    1.ادع إلى سبيل ربك بالحكمة والموعظة الحسنة
    Invite (people) to the way of your lord with wisdom and good counsel.

    (Verse: 16:125)

    2.ولتكن منكم أمة يدعون إلى الخير ويأمرون بالمعروف وينهون عن المنكر
    And there has to be a group of people from among you who call towards good and prevent from evil.

    (Verse: 3:104)

    3.ومن أحسن قولا ممن دعا إلى الله وعمل صالحا وقال إنني من المسلمين
    And who is better in utterance than the one who called people towards Allah, and acts righteously and says, “I am one of those who submit themselves (to Allah Ta’ala).

    (Verse: 41:33)

    From the Ahadith of Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam):

    4.فقال أبو سعيد أما هذا فقد قضى ما عليه سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يقول من رأى منكم منكرا فليغيره بيده فإن لم يستطع فبلسانه فإن لم يستطع فبقلبه وذلك أضعف الإيمان
    Hazrat Abu Sa’eed (Radhiyallahu Anhu) narrates that he heard Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying, “Whosoever witnesses a forbidden act being committed, he should prevent it by the use of his hands; if he is unable to do so, then he should prevent it with his tongue; if he is unable to do so, he should at least consider it a vice in his heart; and this is a very low level of Iman”.

    Sahih Muslim Vol.2 Pg.211/2 (Darul Ma’rifah)

    5.عن النعمان بن بشير رضي الله عنهما عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال مثل القائم على حدود الله والواقع فيها كمثل قوم استهموا على سفينة فأصاب بعضهم أعلاها وبعضهم أسفلها فكان الذين في أسفلها إذا استقوا من الماء مروا على من فوقهم فقالوا لو أنا خرقنا في نصيبنا خرقا ولم نؤذ من فوقنا فإن يتركوهم وما أرادوا هلكوا جميعا وإن أخذوا على أيديهم نجوا ونجوا جميعا
    It has been reported by Nu’man bin Bashir (Radhiyallahu Anhu) that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “There are people who do not transgress the limits (laws) of Allah Ta’ala, and there are others who do so. They are like two groups who boarded a ship; one of them settled on the upper deck, and the other on the lower deck of the ship. When the people of the lower deck needed water, they said, “Why should we cause trouble to the people of the upper deck when we can have plenty of water by making a hole in our deck”. Now, if the people of the upper deck do not prevent this group from such foolishness, all of them will perish; but if they stop them, they will be saved”.

    Sahih Al Bukhari Vol.3 Pg.152 (Darul fikr)

    One may question that the above mentioned Aayaat and Ahadith only prove the practice of tableegh. They do not prove the manner in which it is coordinated by the Tabligh Jama’at (e.g. specifying the time period of 40 days, stipulating time for ta’lim and gusht, etc.).

    The answer to this is simple. There are some commandments in Shari’ah in which the method is not stipulated. For example, it is a commandment of Shariah to acquire knowledge, but the manner in which the Madrasas are established today, is not proven through Quran and Hadith. Up until the recent past, the scholars used to teach in the masjids of their respective towns and villages. The students had to go to different scholars to learn the different sciences. No arrangements of food or boarding were made. However, the zeal for knowledge had decreased as time went by, and the scholars felt it necessary to establish the system of Darul Ulooms as is established today. Nobody regards such a system to be bid’ah.

    Similarly, Shariah has commanded us to do the work of tableegh. This work used to be done on an individual basis. The learned people used to preach the others and prevent them from all vices. As time went on, vice started prevailing, and people had stopped doing the work on an individual basis; therefore, a collective effort had to take place, and rules had to be set up for the work to carry on in order.

    The outcome of Tableegh

    Anyone with a sound mind and fair thinking will have no option but to accept that the work of Tableegh has been responsible, to a great extent, in the reformation that has taken place in the Muslim Ummah, in the last few decades. Tableegh Jama’at has played a big role in the establishment of madrasas in the last few years. Similarly, it has influenced many Muslim men and women in adapting their attire and appearance in accordance to sunnah. It acts as a deterrent for the Muslim youth from going to cinemas, night clubs, discothèques, raves and all other places of sin. Cricket players like Sa’eed Anver and pop singers like Junaid Jamshed, who were drowned in sin, have now become the means for spreading Islam. Tabligh Jama’at plays an important role in preaching Islam to those who have even forgotten the kalimah, like those staying in the Kazakhistan, , etc. and the descendants of Arabs staying in South America. Many non Muslims have also accepted Islam through this effort.


    A brief introduction:

    This kithab was compiled by Hazrath Shaikh Zakariya (Rahimahullah). It consists of Aayaats of the Quran, Ahadith, stories of the Sahabah and stories of the pious predecessors that explain the virtues of good deeds. The object of the book is to encourage the Muslims on doing good deeds, and not to explain any ruling of Shari’ah. Shaikh Zakariya (Rahimahullah) was not the first to write a kithab of this manner, but the likes of this kithab have been written by the authors of the past, like Kithab-u-Zuhd by Abdullah bin Mubarak (Rahimahullah), Fadhaiulul Quran by Imam Shafi’ (Rahimahullah), Al Adabul Mufrad by Imam Bukhari (Rahimahullah), Al Targheeb Wal Tarheeb by Ibnul Qayyim Munziri (Rahimahullah), etc.

    The role of Fazail-e-A’mal in Tableegh Jama’at

    It is a total misconception that Fazail-e-A’mal is the guide book of Tableegh Jama’at. This book only consists of the virtues of good deeds. The concept of Tableegh Jama’at was not derived from this book, nor is the jama’at dependant on this book to do the work of tableegh. They thought it necessary to stipulate such a book that would encourage people towards good deeds, and this book served the purpose; therefore, the people who join this work are advised to stipulate a specific time for the reading of this book. However, it is not compulsory upon each an every person who joins this effort to read this book. Many of the Arabs who are doing this effort chose to read Riyadu-s-Saliheen instead, and they are allowed to carry on with this work. Similarly, Riyadu-s-Saliheen is also read in many of the masjids in Colombo on certain days of the week. Therefore, it is totally incorrect to regard this book as the guide book of Tableegh Jama’at.

    Some objections made against Fazail-e-A’mal:

    A common comment made against Fazail-e-A’mal is that some of the narrations mentioned in it are weak and fabricated. This comment is not totally correct, as there are no fabricated narrations in this book. There are dha’eef (weak) narrations in Fazail-e-A’mal. However, it is important to point out that the word dha’eef, literally translated as ‘weak’, is a terminology and should not be understood in its general sense. Its application is based on the rules explained in the sciences of hadith. Moreover, weak narrations are not acceptable only in regards to aqeedah and the rulings of Islamic jurisprudence. Majority of the scholars have accepted weak narrations as far as virtues of good deeds are concerned. Even Imam Bukhari (Rahimahullah) has brought weak narrations in his book, Al Adabul Mufrad, which shows that he also accepts weak narrations in regards to virtues of good deeds.
    Some scholars claim that there are such narrations in Fazail-e-A’mal, especially in Fazail-e-Durood, that prove that the author had beliefs of shirk and believed in the Omnipresence of Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). These are false allegations made against the author, who was one of the most prominent scholars of the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah.Firstly, such allegations are made mostly by Arab scholars, who are unaware of the difference between the Deobandis and the Barelwis. They regard both these groups to be one, as both of them are from Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah, and attribute the beliefs of Barelwis to the Deobandis. It is some of the Barelwis who believe in grave-worshipping and the Omnipresence of Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), and these beliefs have been attributed to the Deobandis. Some of these Arab scholars, like Shaikh Ibn Uthaymeen (Rahimahullah), retracted from what they said after the actual situation was explained to them.Secondly, the author has mentioned references for each and every narration or incident he has mentioned. Therefore, any comments regarding these narrations or incidents should be attributed to the author of the reference provided, as Shaikh Zakariya (Rahimahullah) has absolved himself by giving the reference.Thirdly, most of the incidents mentioned in Fazail-e-Durood are of pious predecessors. It is incorrect to say that these are fabricated Ahadith, as the word Hadith is used for the sayings of Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). It is also incorrect to confirm the beliefs of the author through these incidents, as the object of the author was only to emphasise on the virtues of durood mentioned in them.Moreover, most of the incidents mentioned are dreams, and no rulings of Shari’ah can be derived from dreams. It is farfetched to confirm someone’s faith from a dream, of another person, mentioned in his kithab.Lastly, most of the copies of Fazail-e-A’mal do not have Fazail-e-Durood attached to them, and it is not considered as part of the kithab-reading stipulated by the Tableegh Jama’at.
    It is incorrect to compare the Shias, Qadiani, etc. with Tableegh Jama’at as we have clarified above that Tableegh Jama’at is not based on the narrations of Fazail-e-A’mal; and none of the narrations of Fazail-e-A’mal are fabricated.
    To end thereof, one should not be misguided with all the false accusations on this jama’at, but rather look at how the Ummah has benefited through this jama’at. We should always supplicate to Allah Ta’ala to show us the right path and save us from the misguidance of Shaitan. Moreover, we should always bear in mind that the pious and the learned amongst the Ummah cannot be unanimous upon something that is false or not part of Islam, as Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has mentioned:

    إن الله لا يجمع أمتي أو قال أمة محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم على ضلالة ويد الله مع الجماعة ومن شذ شذ إلى النار
    Allah Ta’ala will not unite the Ummah of Muhammed (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) upon misguidance. Allah’s help is with majority. Whoever deviates from them will be thrown into the fire of Jahannum.

    Sunan Al Tirmizi Vol.2 Pg.39 (H.M. Sa’eed Company)

    A thought provoking act

    How will one account for the many thousands of people all around the world, Arabs and non-Arabs, and of all works of life, be they great Ulama, Muftis, intellectuals or professionals, to be associated with this noble work. They all cannot be wrong. They must have encountered something positive in this work for them to be part of it. The solution is, come within and see for yourself.

    And Allah knows best


    Ml. M. Jawed Iqbal (Sri Lankan),
    Student Darul Iftaa

    Checked and Approved by: Mufti Ebrahim Desai
    Darul Iftaa, Madrassah In’aamiyyah

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