Mirwaiz Leads Cleansing Of Jamia Pulpit, Vows To Name Masked Men  

SRINAGAR — Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led members of Awami Action Committee to cleanse the pulpit of Jamia Masjid ‘desecrated’ last Friday by “hooligans”  

Mirwaiz who heads the ACC, the caretaking body of the 14-century grand mosque, took out a cloth and started cleaning the pulpit while others joined him amid shouting of pro-freedom slogans.

On the occasions, Mirwaiz, who’s also Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) , said their investigation has begun and the faces and names behind the desecration of Jamia Masjid will be made public soon.

He said some disgruntled elements at the behest of some anti-Islamic agencies by raising black flags on the very sacred pulpit of the grand mosque have hurt the sentiments of the millions of Muslims living here.

Earlier, a meeting of Awami Action Committee was held at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal chaired by Mirwaiz. The meeting was participated by all activists and members of AAC including those from districts as well as Hurriyat activists. 

The meeting discussed the attempted violation of the pulpit of historic Masjid last Friday by some “hooligans backed by misguided elements and termed its sacrilegious.”

 “They pledged that such incidents won’t be allowed to happen again. The participants of the meeting said that any attempt aimed at damaging the sanctity or sacredness of the grand masjid will not be tolerated,” a spokesman of ACC said. 

Addressing the participants of the meeting, Mirwaiz, as per the statement said that old city has always been the epicenter of the Kashmir’s spiritual religious quest and its political ideology and the pulpit of Jamia Masjid has represented both these true to the core values of Islam and Tawheed and to the political and social aspirations of its people.

“Mirwaizeen along the centuries have preached the message of unity and harmony in Islam besides leading people on their political rights.”

He said the grand masjid will continue to spread this message and represent people’s right while raising the voice against injustice and repression. 

The Mirwaiz said that the highly condemnable act that took place on December 28 last has left entire valley in a deep shock and hurt their sentiments.  

He said it’s time to isolate those elements who are trying to damage and violate the sanctity of the grand Masjid, the statement said. 

Urging people to stay united, he said that “unity among all sects will not allow these elements to damage our religious and social fabric and ethos especially at a time when we as a nation are facing the ultimate challenge in the form of occupation.” 

Mirwaiz shed light on the importance and sanctity of Masjids as explained by the revered Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

“Any attempt to change the basic nature of Kashmir dispute will be a great disservice to all the sacrifices and collective efforts put in it by the people of J&K and hence won’t be allowed strict vigil has to be maintenance not to allow it.”

Mirwaiz said the unison in which all segments of society political religious and civil society have condemned this incident was welcome and a positive step . 

Mirwaiz said the upcoming Friday will be observed as ‘Youme Taqadus ‘in which heads of various religious and resistance political parties will jointly raise their voice against this act of attempted desecration of pulpit of historic Masjid and convey a message that nobody will be allowed to tamper with the centrality of Jamia Masjid and what it stands for. 

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