Jammu & Kashmir

Anjuman Auqaf condemns closure of Jamia Masjid for 24th straight Friday

A closed gate of Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Srinagar. [FPK Photo/Vikar Syed.]

Srinagar: Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid Srinagar said that authorities, as they demonstrate their “dictatorship and arbitrariness”, have hurt the people’s sentiments by preventing them from fulfilling their religious obligation of praying at the JK’s largest spiritual center and place of worship- the historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar.

In a statement, the Auqaf said it is the 24th consecutive Friday when the pulpit and mihrabs of the Jama Masjid were kept silent, and also the religious obligation like Jummah prayers could not be performed.

The Auqaf termed it highly unfortunate that while Friday prayers are allowed in all mosques, Khanqahs, and Imambarahs but Jama Masjid continues to be “selectively targeted”.

This double standard of the rulers is beyond the comprehension of the people, it added.

Expressing strong resentment over the continuous incarceration of its head, the Auqaf said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who is under house arrest since 5 August 2019.

“Such an act is not only a gross violation of human rights but also extreme lawlessness,” it said.

The Auqaf has appealed to all civilized nations to use their influence to pressurize the Government of India to open the Jamia Masjid of Kashmir for Friday prayers and to ensure the release of Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir, the statement ends.


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