Claim 1: “अब गर्मियों में हमदर्द का शर्बत रूह अफज़ा न पिएं, ना जाने कितने तबलीगियो ने इसमें थूका होगा”
Translation: Do not drink Humdard’s Rooh Afza in the summers, you never know how many Tableeghis have spit in it.
Claim 2: “तबलीग वालों का प्रोडक्ट है रूह अफजा, हमदर्द कंपनी में सिर्फ मुसलमान काम करते हैं.”
Translation: Rooh Afza is a product of Tableeghi Jamaat, and only Muslims are hired in Humdard that makes them.
The posts have gone viral on social media claiming that Rooh Afza should be boycotted since it is a product of Tableeghi Jamaat and that only Muslims work in the company which hires me.
The posts are widely shared on social media,
A lot of people starting tweeting it,
Rooh Afza is made by the Hamdard company, after scanning the company’s official website, it was found that the company was established as a small Unani clinic by Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed in 1906- undivided India’s capital Delhi.
As described on Hamdard’s website, Unani medicine is a system of alternative medicine that originated in ancient Greece but is now practiced primarily in India. Involving the use of herbal remedies, dietary practices, and alternative therapies, Unani medicine addresses the prevention and treatment of disease.
Whereas, we found an explainer by The Hindu on the Tableeghi Jamaat. The Tableeghi Jamaat was established by a Deobandi Islamic scholar Muhammad Ilyas al-Kandhlawi in Mewat, India, in 1926.
As far as the claim of Hamdard only hiring Muslim employees is concerned, the same claim had gone viral in 2017. Aaj Tak themselves went to the Hamdard office to clarify the claims. No such proof was found that they hire only Muslim employees, the reporter spoke to a few non-Muslim employees debunking the viral claim. They found that the receptionist at the office was a Hindu,
and various other employees were too,
The employees there also told the channel that they all work in unison irrespective of their religion and hired on the basis of their merits, not their religion. A senior officer at Hamdard told the reporter that the viral posts were to harm the religious harmony and may also be competition from other companies.
The entire investigation can be watched here.
Hence, the claim that Rooh Afza is a Tableeghi Jamaat product has no relation because Hamdard was established in 1906 while Tableeghi Jamaat was established in 1926, which is 20 years apart, and that Hamdard only hires Muslim employees was debunked by Aaj Tak in 2017. Both claims are completely false.