Maulana Masroor Condemns Petrol Bomb Attack on Downtown Shrine

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Babul-Hawaij houses the manuscript of holy Qur’an handwritten by Imam Musa Kazim the great grandson of Prophet of Islam (Pbuh)- Photo Credits Sajid Rizvi

SRINAGAR: Prominent Shia leader Maulana Masroor Abbas Ansari has strongly condemned the petrol bomb attack on Astana Babul-Hawaij at Sajadabad locality in Chattabal area of old Srinagar by unknown persons.

Babul-Hawaij which houses the manuscript of holy Qur’an handwritten by Imam Musa Kazim, the 7th Shia Imam and the great grandson of Prophet of Islam, was targeted during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday by unknown persons with a petrol bomb. The bomb however caused little damage, residents said.

Top officials visited the area today and police said it has launched investigations. CCTV footage which has recorded the incident too has been handed over to the police, the residents said.

Place where copy of the rare Quranic manuscript is placed

Condemning the act, Ittehadul Muslimeen president Maulana Masroor called it a vicious attempt to fan the flames of hatred and create a sectarian discord.

In a statement he said that the satisfactory situation in Kashmir valley over the past several years so far as unity & brotherhood is concerned has rattled vested interests and perhaps an agency has been reactivated to disrupt this atmosphere of amity in Kashmir.

“First they attacked a temple, then a mosque at Alipora followed by an Islamic centre at Habbakadal with petrol bombs now they targeted the shrine at Chattabal. So this pattern makes it clear that attempts to divide the people and to sow seeds of discord among the religious communities in Kashmir has already been started”, he alleged.

“These incidents are executed to spread sectarian divisions & to divert the attention of Kashmiris from the real issues”, he said adding JKIM demands that immediate legal action be taken against those involved in this heinous act.

Maulana appealed public to remain cautious & stay united against communal forces in order to expose their nefarious designs.

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