Srinagar: Authorities have once again for the 25th consecutive Friday, did not allow Muslims to perform mandatory Friday prayers at Jama Masjid Srinagar, the largest place of worship in Kashmir, Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid Srinagar said in a statement.
By doing so, it said, “The administration continues to hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims”, adding, “Keeping the historic Jamia Masjid continuously closed seems deliberate being done intentionally as part of an agenda”.
The statement said that the Anjuman-e-Awqaf had taken all SOPs and precautionary measures in view of the growing Pandemic yet prayers were disallowed.
The Auqaf also termed it extremely painful and distressing that its head Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is also the topmost religious leader of the people, has been kept under constant surveillance and house arrest since August 5, 2019 incapacitating him from reaching out to people.
“It once again asks the authorities to open Jamia Masjid for Friday prayers and ensure the release of Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir,” the statement said.