MMU Directs Imams, Preachers To Desist From Sectarian Sermons

Expresses concern over Saudi Arabia’s ban on Tableeghi Jamat

Srinagar- A meeting of Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) Jammu & Kashmir was held at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal, Srinagar, after authorities disallowed it to be held at the Anjuman Auqaf headquarters at Jama Masjid Srinagar.

According to a statement, the meeting was presided over by the leading Islamic scholar of J&K Mufti Nazir Ahmad Qasmi, as MMU president Mirwaiz Umar Farooq continues to be under house detention for the past two and a half years since August 5th 2019.

The meeting was attended by the leaders and representatives of the religious, and social  organisations besides well known NGOs which include Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar, Darul Uloom Raheemiyah Bandipora, Muslim Personal Law Board of Grand Mufti of J&K, Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman Sharia Shiaan and several other representatives of many other religious, and social organisations of Jammu and Kashmir who expressed their opinions and offered various suggestions.

Appealing to scholars, imams, preachers and socio religious organisations of all schools of thought , MMU members in the meeting emphasised that the urgent need of the hour is  to focus on the fundamental teachings and principles of Islam during their sermons and discourses, for the sake of greater unity among the Muslims and in order to resist the nefarious designs of anti-Islamic forces and discourage partial, partisan and centuries-old differences and conflicts among various sects of Islam .

Those who still continue with such a mindset to promote sectarianism will be exposed in public and held accountable, the Majlis-e-Ulema warned.

On the occasion, it was proposed to form a sub-committee under the auspices of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema to address some key issues facing the Kashmiri society. The sub-committee will consider all the points of the proposed resolution that was adopted in the meeting, as well as stay in contact with the concerned for their implementation.

As per the resolution presented at the meeting, serious concern was expressed over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ban on a purely religious and da'wah organisation Tablighi Jamaat; and the government of Saudi Arabia was called upon to reconsider its decision.

The MMU during the meeting expressed strong concern and resentment over the blasphemous content published by a Delhi-based publisher ‘Jay Cee Publications’ for the pictorial representation of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) and the Archangel Jibra’eel (PBUH)  in the History and Civics books of Class 7th.

Appealing to scholars, imams, preachers and socio religious organisations of all schools of thought , MMU members in the meeting emphasised that the urgent need of the hour is  to focus on the fundamental teachings and principles of Islam during their sermons and discourses, for the sake of greater unity among the Muslims and in order to resist the nefarious designs of anti-Islamic forces and discourage partial, partisan and centuries-old differences and conflicts among various sects of Islam .

The meeting expressed deep concern and sorrow over the recent scandal of sale and purchase of Covid orphans by some unscrupulous people and strongly condemned , calling it as extremely shameful and inhuman.

The important meeting underscored that the financial condition of the imams of mosques and madrassas and muezzins is dire, which needs immediate attention. Besides serious effort is needed to create an understanding among people, and an environment in society that supports talented young people who are proficient in reciting and understanding the Holy Quran and concerned of their social environment, to become imams.

So a mechanism has to be put in place to ensure that the salaries of the imams are decent and attractive to them .

The participants in the meeting strongly protested against the closure of historic Jama Masjid Srinagar, the largest place of worship in J&K and the spiritual centre of the Muslims of the region, by the authorities for Friday prayers continuously from August 6, 2021.

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