Maulana Tariq Jameel’s dua concluding PM Imran Khan’s Ehsas Telethon on Thursday 23rd of March has attracted a lot of attention on social media.
Certain points he included in his speech and prayers managed to attract two-pronged reactions from social media users, including the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
Ever since the Ehsas Telethon concluded, the hashtags #tariqjamil and #molanaTariqJameel became Pakistan’s top trends on social media.
Taking it to social media HRCP registered its dissatisfaction, saying “HRCP is appalled at Maulana #TariqJamil’s recent statement inexplicably correlating women’s ‘modesty’ to the #Covid19 pandemic. Such blatant objectification is unacceptable and, when aired on public television, only compounds the misogyny entrenched in society”.
HRCP is appalled at Maulana #TariqJamil's recent statement inexplicably correlating women's 'modesty' to the #Covid19 pandemic. Such blatant objectification is unacceptable and, when aired on public television, only compounds the misogyny entrenched in society.— Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (@HRCP87) April 24, 2020
Many have taken to social media, to register their protest over Maulana Tariq Jameel’s remarks that immodest women are the cause behind coronavirus pandemic.
Of course Maulana Tariq Jameel, a prominent and very influential Pakistani religious leader, spent a fair bit of his sermon on the Prime Minister's relief fund telethon to blame the ills of Pakistan's society on "women whose clothes are getting shorter and shorter".— Asad Hashim (@AsadHashim) April 24, 2020
#tariqjamil 's comments about immoral women & corona sum up the thinking of most clergy in Pakistan and dare I say, the Prime Minister himself & most of his party & followers.— Benazir Jatoi #FreePalestine (@BenazirJatoi) April 24, 2020
The question is: if we women brought this azaab upon us why is the virus affecting more men than women?
I just want to apologise to all my followers for that I went out bare head without wearing dupptta once. I really didn’t know it would cause a global pandemic. 🙏🏽#tariqjamil #COVID19 https://t.co/E5lERP3Ls1— 😺 (@anonymouswho_) April 23, 2020
However, not everyone felt offended by Maulana’s remarks, and many appreciated him for enlightening and guiding the listeners during these turbulent times.
When a person talks about "Beyhayi" Why these Landay ki Feminists and Liberals think that it is only targetted to women and it is only for their clothing?— Umair Hafeez 🇵🇰 (@Mostly__sane) April 24, 2020
Why can't they take themselves out of their miserable lives and try to "Learn something for a change? #tariqjamil
Liberals and feminists be like 'dont judge someone'— Areeba (@areeba_chaudhry) April 23, 2020
'Don't critisize them'
'Let them live '
So i have a question , why are they venting at Maulana Tariq Jamil from last few hours ?#tariqjamil
Done being liberal or secular Muslim. If you speculate you can bang on the icon of today’s era you are in denial, pretending like Cowards who don't like to accept the goodness of others. HE NEVER DEGRADED NO ONE, the shouting birds unwind sit up and think. #molanaTariqJameel pic.twitter.com/01QfcVgtSo— dr (@dRrs0) April 24, 2020
The other part of Maulana Tariq Jamil’s dua has irked many as he declared Pakistani Media as Liars, the contrasting views on social media prompted a debate between users.
Pakistani media made Tariq Jameel a hero and celebrity, gave him his status that he enjoys today. Live on all channels today, he declared all Pakistani media as 'liars'. Good going.— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaViews) April 23, 2020
Molana #TariqJamil is Controversial his statement today not Acceptable he should Apologise and this is second time just praising his Master went Blind and called the whole Nation Liar— Asad Ałłÿ 🍁 (@asad_alee1) April 23, 2020
Maulana Tariq Jameel's bold message, asking Muslims to pray from homes in Ramadan, in PM Imran Khan's telethon, was a turning moment in Pakistan's religious history – a bit of Martin Luther moment when he had interpreted Bible & turned Christian world around. Well Done Maulana!— Moeed Pirzada (@MoeedNj) April 23, 2020
Must give Maulana Tariq Jameel another opportunity may be in next telethon he talks about how he is part of the VIP/deluxe hajj crew 4 years never prays to the poor but only the rich. Just like he & his family pushed out poor ppl from their homes in Qaboola & occupied the land— Ayesha Siddiqa (@iamthedrifter) April 24, 2020