18 Weeks On, No Friday Prayers In Jamia Masjid

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Srinagar- Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar on Friday condemned the continuous restrictions on Friday prayers in Jamia Masjid, Srinagar for the 18th consecutive Friday.

While terming the restrictions by authorities as deplorable and condemnable, the Anjuman in a statement said: “Today, once again in the morning, the authorities and the police bared the Auqaf Employees from opening up the gates of the Mosque  and thus preventing the locals and the people having come from various parts of the Valley to perform their Friday prayers at their beloved mosque.”

Expressing concern over the policies pursued by the authorities towards the Central Jama Masjid, the Anjuman said that all records of forcible closure of the grand mosque have been broken. It said the people are being deprived of all the rights including religious rights by force which is a cause of great uneasiness and anxiety for the Muslims of Kashmir.

The Anjuman also expressed strong resentment against the continuous illegal detention of its head Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who has been under house arrest since 5 August 2019, and said the topmost religious leader of Kashmir should be released so that he resumes his official responsibilities and activities.

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