Maulana Tariq Jameel is one of the most eminent Islamic scholars in Pakistan and across the world. He has millions of followers around the globe. In April this year, Maulana Tariq was in the news after journalist Hamid Mir made an issue of his prayer speech which included negative comments about Pakistani media. This time again, a journalist is accusing Maulana Tariq of not practicing what he preaches and that he shook hands with a girl.
Is Maulana Tariq Jameel shaking hands with a girl?
Journalist Azaz Syed on Monday shared a video on Twitter, maligning Maulana Tariq. He shared a video of Maulana Tariq where he is seen shaking hands with a girl.
In the caption of a tweet, Syed has written, “I have no objection to Maulvi Tariq Jameel shaking hands with this girl. The only objection is that the work that this maulvi preaches is opposite to his actions. People should know the true nature of such characters and avoid following them.”
However, the truth behind the video in question is quite shocking and just the opposite.
As per netizens, in the video, Maulana Tariq is not shaking hands with a girl but with a transgender. Moreover, the reports on social media also maintain that the transgender became a practicing Muslim after meeting Maulana Tariq.
People on Twitter are now criticizing the journalist for accusing Maulana Tariq without any investigation.
ہم تو اس کو بڑا تحقیقاتی صحافی سمجھتے تھے لیکن افسوس یہ تو ایک لڑکی اور خواجہ سرا میں بھی فرق نہیں کر سکتا.
— Dr_faryal (@Dr_faryal1) August 17, 2020
This Twitter user says, “We used to consider Azaz Syed a great investigative journalist but unfortunately he can’t tell the difference between a girl and a transgender.”
یہ ایک خواجہ سرا ہے تماری ساری صحافت پے لانت بڑے تم صحافی بنتے ہو اس بات سے ثابت ہوتا ہے کے تم جیسے نالق صحافیوں کی وجہ سے آج ملک کا یہ حال ہے خبر دینے سے پہلے تقیق کر لیا کرو
— 🐅Shahid Mohammed yaseen PML N🐅 (@Shahidyaseen112) August 17, 2020
According to this man, “She is a transgender. You try to be a big journalist but this proves that because of incompetent journalists like you, Pakistan’s condition is bad today. Please check before reporting.”
Azaz later realized his mistake and tweeted that he misunderstood Maulana Tariq and also apologized to him.
طارق جمیل صاحب نے وضاحت کی ہے کہ ان سے ہاتھ ملانے والی لڑکی نہیں مہک نامی ایک خواجہ سرا تھا اس وضاحت سے میری غلط فہمی دور ہو گئی ۔ خواجہ سراوں کے لیے کام کرنا ایک بڑائی ہے ۔ اس حوالے سے جناب طارق صاحب کا احترام اور اگر غلط فہمی میں دل آزاری ہوئی تو معذرت بھی۔ pic.twitter.com/UESvJmIcJk
— Azaz Syed (@AzazSyed) August 17, 2020
Maulana Tariq Jameel’s life deeds is one of those scholars who preach love against hatred. He disapproves of sectarian violence and may this became his crime. As mentioned earlier, this is not the first time that people slandered the prestigious scholar. Earlier, Maulana Tariq created a debate on social media after his speech irked some media persons and liberal feminists.
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