KCSDS Demands End To Muharram Ban In Kashmir

SRINAGAR — Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS)  Friday demanded an end to the decades long ban on traditional Muharram processions in Srinagar and accused government of double stands when it comes to dealing with the rituals of different faiths.

“The colonial state has disrupted the traditional   Ashura  processions of the lovers of Ahlul Bait (progeny of Prophet, pbuh) for a long time  thereby rudely interfering with the religious practices and faith as it has also closed Jama Masjid off and on for weeks and  months and desecrated mosques and Imambargahs  to bring home the power of the fascist communalist state”. 
Demanding lifting of ban on traditional Muharram processions in Srinagar, KCSDS further said: “Whereas the state makes every effort for pilgrimage to Amarnath Cave in spite of the misperceived security threats. We demand  from the Government of the day to lift  the  ban from the traditional procession and allow people to take it  through the  routes of their  choice as they used to and not be dictated terms  on this matter”.

Extending Hijri new year felicitations to Muslims Friday KCSDS said, Muharram is a month of special importance for selfless sacrifice, steadfastness, commitment to truth and justice by Imam  Hussain (RA)  and his family. 

“It Muharram) provides an opportunity  to take stock of our lives and make necessary course correction where we have gone astray”, KCSDS said in a statement adding Muslims should imbibe the spirit  and mission of Imam Hussain  and not bow before  the forces of oppression, persecution and evil domination.  

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