Jammu & Kashmir

Mirwaiz barred from 176th consecutive Friday prayers: Anjuman Auqaf

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. [File Photo]

Moulvi Altaf Hussain Shah appointed as Naib Imam-i- Jummah

Srinagar: Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar expressed serious concern and said that the minbar-o-mihrab (pulpit) of the largest place of worship and spiritual guidance in Kashmir –the historical Central Jama Masjid Srinagar–has been silent for the past three and a half years because the authorities have imposed “unjustified and unlawful” restrictions on Anjuman chief and Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Dr Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq and his peaceful activities since August 5, 2019.

Anjuman in a statement issued said that due to his “illegal and arbitrary detention”, Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir is unable to perform his religious duties and responsibilities of preaching the divine message of the Qur’an and Sunnah and reforming society which is facing a plethora of challenges in the form of rising social evils.

“Today is the 176th consecutive Friday when Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir was neither allowed to perform his official responsibilities and important duty of Friday prayer and delivering the sermon at the Jama Masjid Srinagar nor have been restrictions on him lifted,” the Auqaf said.

The Anjuman said that due to this “un-Islamic” behavior of the authorities, a large number of people, who come to the Central Jama Masjid Srinagar to perform Friday prayers and benefit from the insightful sermons of Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir, have to return deeply disappointed due to the absence of their beloved leader, which is highly regrettable and condemnable. Such behavior of the authorities is unacceptable for them in every way, it said.

Meanwhile, Jama Masjid’s octogenarian Imam and Khateeb, Moulana Ahmad Saeed Naqshbandi has also expressed deep regret over the continued detention of Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir and his absence from the historical grand mosque. Imam Hai Moulana Ahmed Saeed Naqshbandi during his sermon today announced the decision of Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar that Moulvi Altaf Hussain Shah will perform the duties of Deputy Imam (Naib Imam-i- Jummah) on Fridays in his absence.


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