Srinagar: Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid Srinagar Friday expressed anguish over the authorities not allowing congregational Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar for the past 100 Friday’s.
In a statement, the Auqaf also expressed dismay over the continued house detention of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq since August 2019.
The statement said that the authorities shave deprived the people of Kashmir of his soulful rendition of Waz-o-Tableeg from the pulpit of the historic and central Jamia Masjid Srinagar, for the past 100 Friday’s.
“This authoritarian move, to forcibly keep the Mirwaiz away from the pulpit of the Jama Masjid, causes great distress and pain to tens of thousands of Muslims who throng the mosque on Fridays to listen to the Mirwaiz’s tableeg (sermon) rendered in the centuries old unique style of his predecessors, and deeply hurts the religious sentiments of all Muslims of Kashmir.”
The statement said that the attempt by the authorities to keep the Mirwaiz away from Jamia Masjid and from the people of Kashmir, who have deep religious affiliations with the institution of the Mirwaiz, is not only “extremely regrettable” but reprehensible.
Anjuman reiterated the appeal to release the Mirwaiz from “arbitrary house detention” and put an end to hurting the religious sentiments of the Muslims of Kashmir and interfering in their religious practices.
Meanwhile, all sections of the society of Jammu and Kashmir – including Ulemas , Imams, religious, social and educational associations, civil society members and all segments of society have repeatedly expressed their indignation over the continuous detention of the Mirwaiz and demanded his release , and have also made it clear that such dictatorial actions are not acceptable at all, the statement said.
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