After media, Maulana Tariq Jameel apologized to the nation for his controversial statements on women and men in his latest tweets.
He said he did not mean to vilify or target certain gender, he instead wanted to highlight the collective moral descent of the society including him.
“Recently I made some comments that I wish to clarify. My aim was to point out that ‘WE’ are all to blame for our current state. It was meant to be a general remark not targeting any specific men, women, persons, or gender, but as a reminder to get closer to what Allah teaches us,” wrote Maulana Tariq Jameel.
Recently I made some comments that I wish to clarify
My aim was to point out that WE are all to blame for our current state. It was meant to be a general remark not targeting any specific men, women, persons or gender, but as a reminder to get closer to what Allah teaches us.— Tariq Jamil (@TariqJamilOFCL) April 27, 2020
He said he wants people to seek the problems and their solution through spirituality and focus less on the materialistic world. Adding that he has been teaching tolerance and moral values over the years and he would not be ashamed to apologize to people if his comments have hurt them.
“For which I sincerely apologize to anyone who may have been inadvertently hurt. I pray that Allah accepts our good deeds and forgive our shortcomings,” said Malauna Tariq Jameel in his short message on Twitter.
With his apologetic message, the Islamic scholar seeks to end the chaos on social media. The advocate and critics of Maulana Tariq Jameel engaged in an altercation on Pakistani social media since the broadcast of infamous PM Khan’s corona relief telethon last week on Thursday.
Earlier, Maulana Tariq Jameel apologized to media following an outcry from a bevvy of anchorpersons and journalists who blasted him for demonizing media for immoral and corrupt practices.
For which I sincerely apologize to anyone who may been inadvertently hurt.
I pray that Allah accept our good deeds and forgive our shortcomings.#tariqjamil— Tariq Jamil (@TariqJamilOFCL) April 27, 2020
In the latter part of his speech in the telethon, he advised people to abstain from vices like indecency, lie, fraud, and illegal means of earning a livelihood. Tariq Jameel added that pre-Islamic nations were annihilated because they transgressed the limits set by God.
Maulana Tariq Jameel quoted a conversation with one of the media owners in his speech. He said he advised the media owner to eradicate lies and deceit from the media industry.
Though Maulana had later offered an unconditional apology to media personnel as well as his fellow clerics on Friday over remarks on Thursday in which he had termed media houses as ‘liars’.
However he was relentlessly grilled in a TV program hosted by prominent TV Anchor Mohammad Malik – however Malik himself, perhaps being host, was polite and kept bailing out Maulana.
Maulana Tariq Jameel had made a careful generalized statement on Pakistani and international media without picking any particular media house.
He never said women. He was feeling sorry to have said it aloud. Never took back his words or acknowledge them to be wrong. His "apology" was purely a PR exercise. Executed so flawlessly that every TV presenter seems to have fallen for it. Thanks @HamidMirPAK last man standing. https://t.co/dU3iFGYWar
— Marvi Sirmed (@marvisirmed) April 28, 2020
As Maulana Tariq Jameel apologized to people, his staunch critics are not happy. They branded it as a PR exercise to fool his followers.
Controversy also arose over his comments about those women who were ‘behaiya.’ He talked about the indecency and mixing up of genders and leading the youth astray. In one particular sentence, he expressed remorse over women dancing. He, however, did not clarify his stance further. His comments over women upset many and an outcry arose on Twitter.
Tariq Jameel apologized to nation, media anchor, and women following an unintended public furore on his speech.