Hafta Shohada starts with special prayers

Make May 21 March to Edigah Success: Mirwaiz 

SRINAGAR: The recitation of Quran and special prayer marked the onset of Hafta Shohada (martyrs week) coinciding with the 23rd anniversary of assassination of the Shaheed-i-Millat Moulvi Muhammad Farooq, 11th anniversary of Shaheed-e-Hurriyat Abdul Gani Lone.

The Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid Srinagar convened the biggest prayer and Quranic recitation session at Mirwaiz Manzil here. The session which was presided over by the Anjuman head, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, was attended by prominent religious figures, intellectuals, social activists, students and people from cross section of society.

During the prayers session, the participants offered special prayers for the Shaheed-e-Millat, lakhs of other martyrs and for the freedom of Kashmir. Following the prayers, a Quranic recitation competition was organized by the Anjuman during which was attended by the students of noted madrassas.

Students of Hanfia Arabi College Noorbagh Srinagar, Islamia Oriental College, Rajouri Kadal Srinagar, Dar-ul-uloom Alnooria, Noorabad Durnoo Lolab,  Dar-ul-uloom Sbaiu-ul-Irshad Baramulla, Dar-ul-uloom Bilalia Lal bazaar, Dar-ul-uloom Naqashbandiya Srinagar, Nusrat-ul-Islam Dooru, Al Noor Trust Tangmarg, Dar-ul-uloom Suvat-ul-Islam watergam, Dar-ul-uloom Sopore, Madras Gulshan Qasimiya, and many more institutions participated in the competetion.

Qari Mujahid-ul-Islam of Dar-ul-Uloom Bilalia bagged the first position for the best recitation of Quran. He was followed by Qari Wasim of Suvat-ul-Islam Sopore for second and Qari Mohammad Hassan Banday of Alhuda Bemina for third position.

The fourth position was awarded to Qari Akhiar-u-Din. The winners were awarded prizes by the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

The Mirwaiz also convened a seminar entitled “Social, Political, and Religious Contribution of Shaheed-e-Millat” organized by the AAC Zone Nawakadal. A large number of party activists, students, workers, and general public participated in the seminar and paid rich tributes to Saheed-e-Millat and martyrs of 2008, 2010 and of last 20 years.

Maulana Abbas Ansari was chief guest on the occasion. While addressing the gathering he paid rich tributes to Shaheed-e-Millat and martyrs of Kashmir freedom struggle., He said the fight for liberation would continue till it would reach its logical conclusion.

While detailing out the significance of observing Hafta Shohada, Mirwaiz appealed people, party workers and activists to make May 21 march to Edigah a success. He said that their association with freedom struggle goes back to 1931. He said that AAC was not an accidentally formed, but it was formed by the then resistance leaders and the founding father of freedom struggle, Mirwaiz Moulvi Yousuf Shah in 1931. Mirwaiz claimed that AAC represents the continuity of the freedom struggle from there onwards.

The Hurriyat (M) Chairman said that Mou-e-Muqadas Action Committee was formed in 1964 and that all the leaders played their role for the release of National Conference leader Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah who was in jail that time. “But what Sheikh did after his release is that he broke the committee and later entered into an accord with India in 1975. NC has been ditching people of Jammu and Kashmir since 1947,” he alleged.

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