17th January 2022
My dear President and Members,
The recent events in Gorno-Badakshan are of deep concern to me and come at a time of increased fragility in the region. I wish you to inform my Jamat, as I have indicated in the past, that it is of utmost importance to understand that the disturbances are not directed at the Jamat nor at the general population of Eastern Tajikistan. It is therefore critical that my Jamat remains calm and acts in a peaceful manner as the government addresses the situation through its appropriate agencies.
I have always advised my Jamat to remain true to our tradition of respecting the law of the land in which they live. My Jamat globally, including in Tajikistan, has a tradition of responsible conduct at all times, particularly in facing crises, and I wish that my spiritual children of Tajikistan should continue in this tradition and also support the authorities in restoring peace and order.
I reiterate my farman to my Jamat to reject any form of violence, disorder, illegal activity, or other actions which are contrary to the laws of the land. I especially advise members of my Tajik Jamat, wherever they live, not to engage in any activities that might impede the restoration of peace and good order.
My Jamat should avoid relying on rumours and speculation and they should not spread information through any channels including on social media which may be interpreted erroneously, as that can create confusion and result in damaging consequences. My Jamat should comfortably rely on information provided by the Jamati institutions.
It is of utmost importance that the Jamat should remain united, including with those amongst whom you live and, at all times, support each other in improving the quality of your lives. The AKDN agencies have been active in Tajikistan for several decades and I have directed that their activities must continue during this time of fragility.
I will continue to watch the present developments, as I do at all times, and will send further guidance and direction as required.
I send to all my beloved spiritual children of Tajikistan my best loving blessings for mushkil-asan, and for safety and security.