A report by International Crisis Group titled Islamist terrorism in the Sahel: Fact or Fiction?" described
Tabligh Jamaat as "strictly non-political, and has never been linked directly to violence."
and further explained that no interviewed source could identify an instance where Tabligh Jamaat members broke the law or engaged in specifically political activity in Mali, Niger, Chad and Mauritania.
Also, some notable people hold opinions
"peaceful and apolitical preaching-to-the-people movement."
Graham Fuller, a former CIA official and an expert on Islam, (author of The Future of Political Islam) "Islamist terrorism in the Sahel: Fact or Fiction?" (PDF). International Crisis Group. March 31, 2005. p. page 12. Retrieved 2007-12-25.
"completely apolitical and law abiding."
Olivier Roy, a prominent authority on Islam at the French National Centre for Scientific Research
"an apolitical, quietist movement of internal grassroots missionary renewal"
—Barbara D. Metcalf, University of Michigan, (While comparing its activities to the Alcoholics Anonymous for the efforts to reshape individual lives)