Disallowed By Police, Geelani Leads Funeral Prayers At Home


SRINAGAR: In a first of its instance, octogenarian Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday led funeral prayers of a lady in his lawns.

Hurriyat (G) chief was disallowed to move out to offer funeral prayers by men in uniform stationed in two vehicles outside his Hyderpora residence. Geelani is under house detention since 2010 which government could not even justify in court.

A Hurriyat Conference (G) statement said that an elderly neighbour of Geelani – Naaz Parveen, wife of Mian Bashir Ahmad – died early today. Geelani shares boundary wall of his home with the home of the deceased.

“The grieved family expressed their desire and insisted Syed Ali Geelani to lead funeral prayers,” the statement said. “However, Geelani was not allowed to come out of his residence thus the dead body was brought to his residence where funeral prayers were led by Geelani after which Hurriyat Conference chief addressed the mourners.”

“Death is journey to hereafter and we shall face the divine accountability of our doings and shall find outcome of our deeds accordingly,” said Geelani in his address.

Geelani, the statement said, reminded the duties of faithful Muslims. “As we belong to an oppressed nation and hence each and every soul must perform his assigned duties and resist tyrannical forces with available means,” he said.

Quoting the verses from the Holy Qur’an, the statement quoting Geelani said, “we shall be asked that when innocents were massacred, blinded, properties ransacked and why didn’t we feel responsibility to raise (our) voice.” “On the resurrection day, the people in response will reply that they were weak, scared and couldn’t find any way out to help oppressed and oppose tyrannical forces. He will be asked that Lord’s land was vast enough to live in and had an option to leave the territory. We are obliged, either we must fight the tyrannical forces with available source or leave the place.”

“In present circumstance,” Geelani added, “it is impossible to migrate as there are compulsions but no lame excuse for maintaining silence.” “In given circumstances, we need to exhibit our determination, commitment and resolve for resolution of sacred goal.”

“Let us pledge that we won’t budge before these forces and will pursue our mission with zeal and commitment,” he added.


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