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Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath-TNTJ
TNTJ Flag.png
Flag of TNTJ
AbbreviationTNTJ
MottoThere is no God but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of God
Founded16 May 2004 (2004-05-16)
FounderP. Jainulabdeen
Legal statusActive
FocusPreaching Islam
Location
Area served
India, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Bahrain, Brunei, Oman, United Kingdom, France, United States of America, Australia,London,Singapore
ServicesBlood Donation
Children Orphanage
Elders Orphanage
Livelihood Assistance
Educational Assistance
Health Awareness programs
Disaster Aid,Relief and Recovery
Members
300,999
Official language
Main Language
Tamil
Other Languages
Malayalam
Urdu
Sinhala
English
Key people
State Governance Committee
PublicationUnarvu
Egathuvam
Websitewww.tntj.net
www.onlinepj.com
www.jesusinvites.com

Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath (TNTJ) is a non-political Islamic organization based in Tamil Nadu, India. It was founded in 2004. TNTJ claims to preach true Islam to Muslims and non-Muslims, and is involved in social activities.

Social activities

Protests

TNTJ has held demonstrations and protests across Tamil Nadu several times on various issues including reconstruction of Babri Masjid, removal of liquor shops and load shedding.[1][2][3] Its leader P Jainulabdeen encourages followers to observe peaceful protests and to avoid any inconvenience to traffic.[4] In September 2012, the U.S. Consulate encouraged U.S. citizens traveling in and around Chennai to exercise caution and monitor local media for security updates, owing to a protest by TNTJ following an anti-Islamic movie.[5][6] On 28 January 2014, TNTJ organized a protest to demand increase in reservation for Muslims in Tamil Nadu.[7]

Community work

Donation of blood is highly encouraged among TNTJ followers.[8] It has won government awards for making the highest amount of blood donations in Tamil Nadu in about 10 successive years. It has offered help and support during tsunami relief in several affected areas. Its relief program during Chennai flood of 2015, whose estimated cost was twenty five crore, was a noticeable one. TNTJ has also created awareness among masses about dengue fever.[9]

Magazines

No. Magazine Name Frequency
1. (Unarvu) Weekly
2. (Egathuvam) Monthly

Structure

Level Team
State Level State Executive Committee
State Governance Committee
State Audit Committee
District Level District administrative Committee
Branch Level Branch administrative committee
Students Wing
Medical Services Wing
  • All India Thowheed Jamath (AITJ)
  • Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath (SLTJ)
  • Qatar India Thowheed Centre (QITC)
  • UAE Thowheed Jamath (Dubai TNTJ)
  • United States Thowheed Jamath (USTJ)
  • United Kingdom Thowheed Jamath (UKTJ)
  • France Thowheed Jamath (FRTJ)
  • Australia Thowheed Jamath (ATJ)
TNTJ Mosque in Salem


Controversy

Opposition by Sri Lankan Muslims

The activities of the TNTJ's Sri Lankan branch the Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath (SLTJ) have been opposed by Sri Lankan Muslim communities and organisations who have accused them of receiving Saudi Arabian funding to spread Wahabism. In November 2015 the SLTJ attempted to unveil a Sinhala translation of Quran which was accused by Sri Lankan Muslim organisations of being flawed. The SLTJ invited the founder of the TNTJ Moulvi P Jainul Abideen also known as PJ to the event. However the extreme opposition by Sri Lankan Muslims convinced the Sri Lankan Government to deny him entry. Sri Lanka Thawheed Jamaat  General Secretary R AbduL Razik replied claiming that PJ, TNTJ and SLTJ are only promoting true Islam, unadulterated by non-Islamic influences.[10]

In 7 May 2019 violent clashes were reported between SLTJ and other Sri Lankan Muslim groups. [11]

Insulting Buddhism and Gautama Buddha

In 2013 SLTJ General Secretary R Abdul Razik claimed that Gautama Buddha engaged in cannibalism and the triple gem is nothing more than stones thus Buddhists worship stones. The video of the speech generated controversy in the Buddhist majority Sri Lanka and the Buddhist Affairs Department informed Court that the alleged derogatory remarks made by the SLTJ has caused damage to the country’s religious harmony. Colombo Crimes Division(CCD) began investigations of the organisation. Abdul Razik was arrested in November 2016 and was released on conditional bail on December 2016. In 2017 the SLTJ finally agreed to apologise but the CCD found that the bail conditions were violated by Abdul Razik by makings several derogatory remarks towards buddhist Monks. [12][13][14][15]

References

  1. ^ "Demonstrations for reconstruction of mosque". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Spirited stir against liquor shop". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Cadres flay "preferential treatment" to Chennai in load-shedding". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Exercise restraint during agitations". The Hindu. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Muslim group protests anti-Islam film near Chennai US Consulate". First Post. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Possible Anti-American Demonstrations". U.S. Consulate General Chennai. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  7. ^ "TNTJ Announces 'Fill Jails' Protest". Indian Express. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  8. ^ "EP expats donate blood for pilgrims". Arab News. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Thowheedh Jamath activists create awareness of dengue". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Stiff opposition to TN muslim preacher Jainul Abideen's visit to Lanka". www.dailymirror.lk. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  11. ^ www.adaderana.lk http://www.adaderana.lk/news/54997/clash-between-sltj-and-group-of-muslims-in-matale. Retrieved 8 May 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "CCD Seeks AG's Advise On Radical Muslim Group Over Derogatory Comments On Buddha". asianmirror.lk. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  13. ^ "CCD Seeks AG's Advise On Radical Muslim Group Over Derogatory Comments On Buddha". asianmirror.lk. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  14. ^ "SLTJ Secretary Abdul Razik released on bail". Daily News. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  15. ^ Sooriyagoda, Lakmal. "Tawheed Jamath apologises". Daily News. Retrieved 23 April 2019.

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