From humble beginnings the Tablighi Jamaat has become the largest Islamic missionary movement, lately attracting attention for all the wrong reasons.
India's lockdown has disproportionately hurt the country's most vulnerable.
Maulana Saad Kandhalvi accused of violating social distancing guidelines despite the lockdown orders by Indian PM Narendra Modi. Missionary group says people stayed at its headquarters due to the sudden cancellation of rail and transport services.
In countries like India and Israel Muslims are being scapegoated for the spread of Covid-19.
Emerging from political deception and disenchantment in 20th-century India, the Islamic organisation, which has been traditionally apolitical, grapples with an intense political storm engineered by the far-right.
The incidents come in light of an intense campaign of anti-Muslim hatred, in which India's Muslim minority has been blamed for deliberately 'spreading' the coronavirus in the country.
Search continues for tens of thousands more who attended a gathering of Tablighi Jamaat, Islamic missionary movement, in Lahore city last month, officials say.
Health experts have warned of an epidemic in South Asia, home to a fifth of the world's population, that could easily overwhelm its weak public health systems.
An Islamic missionary group in India's capital New Delhi is facing a torrent of right-wing abuse after accusations that its recent congregation became the main carrier of the coronavirus.
The government's reluctance to ban congregational prayers carries within it the fraught tensions of Pakistan's identity.
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