Srinagar: After the Friday congregational prayers, a group of masked boys entered the Jamia Masjid and desecrated the pulpit of the mosque.
The incident took place in Jama Masjid in the afternoon after the namazis had left. In the meantime his associates videotaped it.
In the video which has been widely shared on social media, the hooligans can be seen on the Mimbar (Pulpit) of the mosque waving the ISIS flag. They can also be heard chanting slogans in favour of ISIS (Daulat-e-Islam)
Religious body Anjuman Auqaf, Jama Masjid, has strongly condemned the incident.
“This clearly indicates that this incident was deliberate and planned. It has naturally led to shock and deep resentment among people and deeply hurt their sentiments associated with the mosque,” Auqaf said in a statement.
“The attempt to desecrate Jamia mosque by this lumpen group of hooligans, whose identity is not known as yet as they hide it behind masks, nor the identity of those is known on whose behest they are indulging in these shameful acts, is strongly condemnable. It shows utter disregard of this group of miscreants for Islamic institutions, values and Islamic teachings. Such elements not only malign the name of Islam but also abuse it.”
Anjuman has taken strong note of this shameful incident, and warned ‘elements or agencies behind this incident’ that people and Auqaf will not tolerate or allow anyone to violate the sanctity of the mosque and the pulpit at any cost.
“Jama Masjid is the spiritual, religious and political centre of the people of Kashmir, and is representative of our collective cultural heritage. Any attempt to harm it will be dealt with firmly,” Auqaf has said.