LAHORE – Hundreds of thousands from the Tableeghi Jamaat gathered in eastern Pakistan this week amid the coronavirus pandemic, ignoring government warnings to get together and unanimously mull over the question that they all have in their collective head.
This question, multiple members of the Tableeghi Jamaat later reaffirmed, centered around the surprise that they all felt in what they said were ‘new found’ concerns over what the Tablighi Ijtimah spreads.
While organisers late Thursday curtailed the annual Tablighi Ijtimah congregation, which had drawn people from across the country, some of them spoked to The Dependent saying that never in the past have they experienced any concerns about everything they have been spreading.
“It is strange that all of a sudden, out of nowhere, we are being asked not to gather because of what we can spread, do spread, will spread or have spread. We are complying, but we can’t help but wonder why such a concern about what we spread was never seen before,” a senior organiser said while talking to The Dependent.
Despite the early closure, about 250,000 people had already congregated in camps near Lahore.
“This number is even higher usually. They say such a high number of people can spread things with high speed and high frequency, and there is a high probability that they can take it to all parts of the country, and even overseas,” said the organiser.
“That has been the whole point of it from the get-go, I say.