World Markaz July 9, 2009Posted by Liliek in Karguzari.
Tablighi Jamaat follows an informal organizational structure and keeps an introvert profile.
It keeps distance from mass media and avoids publishing details about its activities and membership. The group also exercises complete abstinence from expressing opinions on political and controversial issues.
The organization’s activities are coordinated through centers and headquarters called ‘Markaz’. Since its inception, the Tablighi Jamaat has maintained its international headquarters in the Nizamuddin West district of Delhi called Nizamuddin Markaz, it is located at 28°35’30.48″N / 77°14’36.37″E. It also has national headquarters in over 120 countries to coordinate its activities. These headquarters organize volunteer, self-funding people in groups (called Jama’ats, Arabic: جماعتِ meaning Assembly), averaging ten people, for preaching.
The largest gathering of the followers of Tablighi Jamaat is known as Bishwa Ijtema, Bengali for ‘world gathering’, convergence of followers from all over the world. It takes place in Tongi which is on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The second largest gathering takes place in Raiwind (Punjab, Pakistan). In 2008, around 1.5 million people attended the Raiwind congregation. And also many other regional gatherings in all over the world.
Their operations in the UK are coordinated through Dewsbury Markaz, Yorkshire. This centre holds one major gathering annually, generally in Dewsbury itself. The Tablighi Centre in Dewsbury has also constructed a busy madrassah or seminary, where future British Islamic scholars are trained.
Raiwind is a town in the Punjab province of Pakistan. It is part of the Nishter Town subdivision of Lahore District and is located at 31°15’16N 74°13’4E with an altitude of 203 metres (669 feet) and lies about 25km from Lahore, the capital of the Punjab. The history of the town dates back to the pre-partition days before 1947. Raiwind also houses one of the biggest railway track workshops of Pakistan. The city flourished in the early 90’s in Nawaz Sharif‘s regime when an industrial zone was set up in the west of the city. Later Mr. Nawaz Sharif selected the vicinity of the town as his home, making it even more notable for the world outside.
In the first decade of the 21st century, the town gained more prominence when Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhary Pervez Elahi established Sunder Industrial Estate in the vicinity of the town, a few kilometres away from the heart of the town. Recently Raiwind has been included in the administrative jurisdiction of the Provincial Capital, Lahore.
The population according to the 1901 census was 1,764. Before the Ferozepore–Bhatinda Railway was opened, it was an important centre of the local trade in agricultural produce; and it possessed two cotton-ginning factories and a cotton-press, which give employment to 203 people. Following independence in 1947 the railway links eastwards were no longer functional. Nawaz hussain (metallurgist) is also livining here. Every year a Muslim preaching convention is held here. This gathering lasts for 3 days and then groups of 3 to 15 people are made to go around the world to preach the message of Allah. This movement was initiated by Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Kandhalvi, who died in 1944. Hundreds of thousands of people attend this religious gathering yearly. Presently it is headed by Haji Abdul Wahab, and in India, Maulana Mohammed Sa’ad Kandhalvi, the grandson of Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Kandhalvi, heads the movement. Beginning the year 2007, this congregation is being held twice a year in Pakistan.
This mosque is situated in Dhaka, Bangladesh and is the centre of all tablighi activities in Bangladesh.
Basically, it is to Bangladesh what Nizamuddin and Raiwind are to India and Pakistan respectively. Just like all tablighi centres, the motto of those frequenting this mosque is that all people should live in peace and all people should get ultimate success in this world as well as the hereafter by gaining salvation from hell and gain entry into paradise. They always talk about affairs above the sky (about Allah, Jannat, Jahannam and His angels) and that of below the earth (of the grave and the hereafter). They never talk about worldly affairs, politics, power, etc. Coordinates: 23°44′13″N 90°24′13″E / 23.73694°N 90.40361°E