Jammu & Kashmir

Dismayed over closure of Jamia Masjid for 27 consecutive weeks, says Anjuman Auqaf

A deserted view of Jamia Masjid, as seen from between the door gap. [FPK File Photo/Zainab]

Srinagar: Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid Srinagar on Friday expressed deep dismay over the continuous closure of Jamia Masjid.

In a statement, the Anjuman Auqaf said that the Mimbar and Mehrab (pulpit) of the historic and central Jamia Masjid Srinagar, the fountainhead of Islamic da’wah and preaching, continues to remain silent as Mirwaiz e Kashmir Mohammad Umar Farooq completes two and a half years of house detention.

“Mirwaiz is being forcibly prevented from fulfilling his traditional religious obligations and responsibilities as the Mirwaiz. This dictatorial attitude of the authorities is causing deep hurt and unease to the people of the valley,” it said.

Anjuman said that again for the 27th consecutive Friday today, Jamia Masjid was shut down by the authorities, and people were not allowed to offer obligatory prayers, thus violating their fundamental right to practice religion and causing them deep sorrow and anxiety.

“As Allah says in the Holy Quran, “And who is more unjust than those who forbid that Allah’s name be glorified and mentioned (i.e., prayers and invocations) in Allah’s mosques and strive for their ruin? For them, there is disgrace in this world, and they will have a great torment in the Hereafter [Al – Baqara: 114],” the statement said.

Anjuman said that despite repeated appeals to the authorities to allow Friday prayers and release of Mirwaiz, the forcible closure of Jamia Masjid and the continued house detention of Mirwaiz e Kashmir reflects a bigoted mindset of those ruling Jammu and Kashmir, devoid of humanity and justice.

Anjuman appeals to all people and religious institutions to ask the authorities in JK to relent, and allow Friday prayers to be held in Jamia Masjid Srinagar and release Mirwaiz e Kashmir.

Let Jamia Masjid once again reverberate with the name of Allah thanking him for his blessings, the statement ends.


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