Condemnations Continue To Pour In Over Jamia ‘Desecration’


SRINAGAR — Jama’at-i-Islami Jammu and Kashmir has expressed its deep anguish over the “anti-Islamic act” of desecration of Jamia Masjid Srinagar.

The Jama’at said that the mosque has remained the pivotal “centre for propagation and promotion of Islamic teachings and values for centuries together and has always played a primary role during the critical periods of Kashmir history and guided the people rightly and in right direction.”

A spokesman  said that “some disgruntled elements at the behest of some anti-Islamic agencies by raising the black flag on the very sacred pulpit of this grand Masjid Have hurt the sentiments of the millions of Muslims living here.”

“This is a vicious attempt to cause dissension among the most suffering Muslim fraternity in the Valley. Such elements are not serving any cause of the people of Kashmir or that of Islam but causing hurdles in it. Their nefarious activities are a cause of great concern for the entire Muslim Ummah here and the common masses are fed up with their acts of hatred and discord,” it said.

The pulpit of Masjid is “meant for spreading the sacred message of the Qur’an and Sunnah and create unity of heart and soul among the Muslim community.”

“These boys must utilize their capabilities for promoting the cause of Islam and not to be swayed away by the vested interests and the enemies of Islam who are bent upon to create disunity among the Muslim community in order to divest them of the Islamic identity. Some irresponsible preachers are defaming Islam and quite in contravention of its teaching of mutual tolerance, raising Shia-Sunni differences in such a manner which will ultimately lead towards the discord among the oppressed people of Kashmir”.

Jamaat while showing total solidarity with Mirwaiz Umar condemned “the sacrilegious act of some unknown masked elements” and appealed to “all the Islamic organisations and institutions to come forward and openly oppose these nefarious activities in order to maintain the unity and brotherhood among the Muslims keeping aside all the secondary and tertiary differences.”

Aga Hasan Condemns ‘Desecration’ Of Jamia Pulpit

Anjuman Shari Shaian Monday strongly condemned the attempted “desecration” of the pulpit of Jamia Masjid here in Srinagar.

President Anjuman Shari Shian, Aga Syed Hasan Almosvi Alsafvi said that some masked youth after the Friday prayers had waved the flags of ISIS and raised slogans from the pulpit of Jamia Masjid here. “This action is condemnable as the terrorist organization like ISIS can’t be lauded from the pulpits of historic Jamia Masjid,” he said.

Aga Hasan said that “ISIS has already been declared a terrorist organization in countries like Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan where this outfit resorted to barbarism and vandalism.” He lamented that “social media is being used to malign the image of Shia community.” “It is unfortunate that some miscreants want to create a wedge in the society,” he said.

He said that it is not the first time that such a “shameful act of hooliganism” has been committed. “In the past too, some elements at the behest of certain agencies and handlers have indulged in rowdy behaviour and hooliganism in and outside the Jamia Masjid,” he said.

He added that the motive of “these agencies is to weaken the ongoing people’s movement of the right to self determination and these elements are being used to divert this just movement by changing its basic nature and character under the pretence of perusing some global agenda.”

Can’t Allow Disrespect Of Places Of Worships: Yasin

Condemning the recent act of “desecration” of historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar by some unknown people, JKLF chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik, on Monday said that places of worship and “pulpits are signs of Allah and revered seats of our religion and we as Muslims cannot allow anyone to dishonour these places.”

In a statement, Malik said that “every saner person of our society has and will always stand against such condemnable acts.” “Jamia Masjid is a sacred place for us and we as a nation will not allow anyone to violate its sanctity,” he said.


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