Famous Islamic scholar and preacher Maulana Tariq Jamil’s apology to media has set the internet on fire.
#MaulanaTariqOurPride and #WeAreSorryMaulana were trending on Twitter on Monday as a huge number of tweets have emerged to support him.
Twitteratis condemned the television anchors like Muhammad Malik and Hamid Mir who pointed fingers at Maulana Tariq Jamil for calling media ‘liars’.
Another trend along with #wearesorryMaulana was #HamidMirMaafiMango.
People are demanding an apology from anchors for insulting and humiliating Maulana Tariq Jamil.
Yeah wo door chal rha hai jaha such bolny per bhi Maffi mangni prhti hai
Indirect reason behind #COVIDー19
Qayamat ki inshaniyo mai sy ek inshani “LOG SUCH BOLNAY SAY DARY GAY”
We support you #tariqjamil you said the right thing this is the real face of our media industry pic.twitter.com/1aZFpLXXaq
— Atif Ahmed 🇵🇰 (@tifahmedd) April 24, 2020
Sad to see morons like Hamid Mir. The “JHOOTA MEDIA” made Maulana Tariq Jameel apologise in front of everyone because he spoke the truth. I stand with Tariq Jameel. May Allah give him more power. #WeAreSorryMaulana pic.twitter.com/MTji8Za9IT
— n (@kkhawaja22) April 27, 2020
Ehsaas Fundraising Telethon for COVID-19 Pandemic
During a fundraising telethon on April 23 in Prime Minister House Islamabad, Maulana spoke for more than 25 minutes.
Prime Minister Imran Khan was also present at the fundraising telethon which was meant to raise funds for the victims of the Covid-19 pandemic.
While saying a long prayer at the end of the Ehsaas Telethon Maulana said media houses around the world, including Pakistan, “liars”.
Organizations like media “need to be more truthful”.
He further said one of the main issues of our society is that we are “not speaking the truth”.
During the telethon, Maulana Tariq Jamil said that “scantily dressed women” at “private schools and universities” also responsible for the coronavirus outbreak.
He said that their behavior had brought wrath upon the country.
What is the controversy
As the telethon ended with prayers said by the Maulana, the anchors who were present on the occasion did not get a chance to respond to the remarks about media houses.
However, Maulana’s statement where he said media ‘liars’, bring storm among journalists and members of the civil society.
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) also tweeted about Maulana’s comments correlating woman’s modesty to the pandemic.
In a tweet the commission said:
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
Because of the sharp reaction from media persons, Maulana Tariq Jamil tendered an unconditional apology in Muhammad Maalick’s talk show.
Speaking as a guest in Maalick’s show he acknowledged that his “tongue had slipped” during the prayer at the end of a telethon.
People from Media and Showbiz in support of Maulana
Where anchors like Hamid Mir and Muhammad Maalick who reacted strongly to Maulana s remarks about media and made him apologize to media.
There are many anchors, Media personals, showbiz stars who came in support of Maulana.
Spewing so much hate for a man of deen, a man who has always spoken of unity & harmony (especially amongst diff sects) Hes a religious scholar, not a scientist or a doctor. He still apologised, sthing none of us are used to. I've immense respect for him, always will #tariqjamil
— Meher Bokhari (@meherbokhari) April 24, 2020
Maulana #tariqjamil, by apologising, has yet again displayed exemplary patience, humility & top standard of character. In boxing terms, all the shameless media personnel who teamed up in attacking MTJ from all corners have been knocked out before the start of the first bout!
— Zohaib Hussain (@zeehu) April 24, 2020
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
Though he apologized to the media, women in Pakistan, however, are still upset with the Maulana for what they say about them.
However, many showbiz stars and female anchors despite Maulana’s comment came in support of Maulana.
Female celebrities stands for Maulana Tariq Jameel Including Humaima Malick, Fatima Effendi , Fatima Khan , Dua malik, Anchor Rabia Anum , Senior journalists Jasmin Manzoor and Meher Bukhari speaks for Maulana Tariq Jameel and condemned the disrespectful behaviour towards him. pic.twitter.com/tLUtq73LUk
— Bilal Ghafoor (@BilalGhafoorr) April 26, 2020
Famous actor Imran Abbas in his tweet said “You don’t owe any apology or clarifications to those who misinterpreted your message”
— Imran Abbas (@ImranAbbas) April 26, 2020
The trend #WeAreSorryMaulana trending on twitter was set by actress Dua Malik.
— Meshal (@MisSidique) April 25, 2020
Many people on social media set the display picture of Maulana to support him.