The Tablighi Jamaat is an organization dedicated to proselytizing for Islam. It doesn’t work actively for the establishment of an Islamic state, but is a pro-Sharia group that exhorts Muslims to adhere to Sharia in its fullness — so that Sharia is ultimately observed by so many that an Islamic state becomes a reality as an expression of the popular will.
Tablighi Jamaat has long been directly involved in the sponsorship of terrorist groups. Pakistani and Indian observers believe, for instance, that Tablighi Jamaat was instrumental in founding Harakat ul-Mujahideen. Founded at Raiwind in 1980, almost all of the Harakat ul-Mujahideen’s original members were Tablighis. Famous for the December 1998 hijacking of an Air India passenger jet and the May 8, 2002 murder of a busload of French engineers in Karachi, Harakat members make no secret of their ties. “The two organizations together make up a truly international network of genuine jihadi Muslims,” one senior Harakat ul-Mujahideen official said.
Tablighi Jamaar is banned in Russia (which is why this imam was arrested), as well as in the former Soviet republics of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, but it has thousands of adherents in the U.S. Americans, after all, are not “Islamophobic” enough to think that Sharia poses any conceivable threat or problem.
“Former Siberian imam found guilty of extremism,” from RAPSI News, March 6:
GORNO-ALTAISK, March 6 (RAPSI) – A magistrate court in the Altai Republic in southwest Siberia has found Serzhan Svatov, former imam of the Kosh-Agach Region, guilty of creating a cell of the Tablighi Jamaat extremist movement, a law enforcement source told RIA Novosti.
Svatov, who was dismissed from his position as imam in early 2014, was charged with promoting Tablighi canons and ideology over a period of years.
Tablighi Jamaat (Proselytizing Group) has been banned in Russia as an extremist organization. Svatov was charged under an article on operating a public or religious organization that has been banned by the court on grounds of extremism.
“Serzhan Svatov was found guilty, fined 100,000 rubles ($2,770) and prohibited from holding a religious position for two years,” the source said.
The Prosecutor General’s Office reported in July 2013 that extremism cases were on the rise. First Deputy Aleksandr Buksman of the Prosecutor General’s Office said that the number of registered crimes connected with extremism increased by 11% in 2012, and by 20% in the first six months of 2013.