India blacklists 2550 Tablighi Jamaat members from 40 countries. Bans entry to India for 10 years for violating Visa Rules

India sends a clear message to the world - 2550 Tablighi Jamaat members banned for violating Visitor's visa rules

India sends a clear message to the world - 2550 Tablighi Jamaat members banned for violating Visitor's visa rules
India sends a clear message to the world - 2550 Tablighi Jamaat members banned for violating Visitor's visa rules

India has blacklisted as many as 2550 Tablighi Jamaat members from nearly 40 countries in the past two months for the visa rules violations and these blacklisted persons will be deported soon after the court procedures and would not be allowed to enter India for more than 10 years. According to the Union Home Ministry officials, the blacklisted Tablighis are basically from Bangladesh, Myanmar, IndonesiaMalaysia and Thailand – i. e. several South Eastern region countries.

The blacklisted Tablighis are also from the US, UK, France, Australia, Russia, China, Sri Lanka, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, the Philippines, Qatar, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Sweden, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and Ukraine. This is perhaps for the first time that the government has blacklisted a large number of people in one stroke and banned their entry into India for such a long duration under the Foreigners Act.

The action has been taken by the Home Ministry after various State Governments provided details of the foreigners who were found to be illegally living in mosques and religious seminaries across the country.  Almost all of these foreign Tablighi Jamaat activists had come to India on a tourist visa but were engaged in missionary work, thus violating the visa conditions, the officials said.

Action against the foreign Tablighi Jamaat members was first taken after over 2,300 people, including 250 foreigners, belonging to the Islamic organisation were found to be living at its headquarters located at Delhi’s Nizamuddin soon after the nation-wide lockdown was announced in March. Several of these members had tested positive for coronavirus.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Delhi Police also started a probe on the huge money trails linked to Tablighi Head Quarters in Nizamuddin and its head Maulana Saad. Still, the Government is believed to be soft on taking action against Maulana Saad. PGurus has reported huge assets and the plush life of Maulana Saad, who preaches simple life to these followers[1].

The Tablighi Jamaat members were blamed for the spread of coronavirus in more than 20 states and Union Territories with more than a thousand COVID-19 positive cases and over two dozen deaths traced to them. In April, the Home Ministry had directed DGPs of all the states and UTs, and the Delhi Police Commissioner to take necessary legal action against all such violators, on priority, under relevant sections of the Foreigners Act, 1946 and Disaster Management Act, 2005.  Last week, the CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against the organisers of Tablighi Jamaat for alleged dubious cash transactions and hiding of foreign donations from authorities.

[With inputs from PTI]


[1] Tablighi Chief Maulana Saad who preaches a simple lifestyle caught with a plush farmhouse, swimming pool, and high-end vehiclesApr 4, 2020,

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  1. Once again it is proved that India is badly affected by Islamophobia and Nation is facing economic crisis while politics is busy in TV debates and toppling elected state govt while cunning China is surrounding India with economic thread and our intelligence sources are sleeping

  2. What about entry of 2.4 million members world wide ? Defacto the laws says any foreigner violating e tourist visa is banned for 10 years. But the question is which agency checks who is misusing e tourist visa.

    Best way don’t permit any guy with beard without mustachios and ankle length pyjamas with skull cap. Further only Muslims with wife and children are to be permitted. By the way, why does a Muslim wants to see in a kafir country ?

  3. I don’t know when this maulana Saad will get caught. He is hiding for weeks now, how can govt. not do anything about him?


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