Thousands gathered in Nizamuddin, Southeast Delhi, to take part in the funeral procession of Tablighi Jamaat Ameer Maulana Zubair Ul Hasan who died on Tuesday.
Police estimated that nearly 20,000 people turned up at Nizamuddin to offer prayers for the late Ameer. The massive gathering triggered snarls in various parts of South and Southeast Delhi. At one point, police closed Mathura Road — from Nizamuddin till the Ashram flyover — and diverted traffic from all major points in the area.
Expecting thousands to turn up for the funeral, police had tweeted a traffic alert hours before. “Due to the burial of Maulana Zubair Ameer, a Dunia Saheb at Hazrat Nizamuddin and 50 thousand gathering from 7 pm to 10 pm, traffic will be affected at Mathura Road. Use Sarai Kale Road for Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station. Inconvenience is regretted.”
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Addl CP Anil Shukla (Traffic) said, “We have four teams of policemen at the spot. Each team has at least 10 officers, apart from zonal officers. All traffic inspectors have been deployed at the spot to re-route and manage traffic.”
While the funeral was on at Nizamuddin, the traffic police regularly updated their Twitter account informing the public about the diversions. The Ameer of the Tablighi Jamaat, Maulana Zubair Ul Hasan died on Tuesday, after a month-long illness, at the Tablighi Markaz, the organisation’s international headquarters at Nizamuddin.
Sources said he was suffering from a liver ailment and also had trouble with his kidneys.
Under his leadership, and with the guidance of a council of scholars, the Tabligh had grown from a grassroot organisation to one with an international reputation known for spreading Islam’s basic principles. Born in Kandla in Muzaffarnagar in UP, Zubair ul Hasan was appointed the head of the Tabligh nearly two-and-a-half decades ago. His father was also an Ameer of the Tabligh for a long time.
An alumnus of Deoband-based Mazahir-e Uloom, Zubair ul Hasan graduated in 1971. He was also a follower of the much regarded Islamic scholar Maulana Zakaria.
Prominent Muslim leader and Chairman of the Waqf Board Mateen Ahmed said the leader’s death was a loss to the community as he was engaged in spreading the Prophet’s message to the people. “He has worked for the benefit of the community for many years. It’s a loss for everyone,” he said.
Shahi Imam Maulana Bukhari said the Ameer was an important Muslim leader who worked for the benefit of the community. “He remained non-political throughout his life and only concerned himself with matters of religion,” he said.