No Eid Prayers At Eidgah Srinagar In View of Weather Forecast:Waqf Board

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Srinagar– The Jammu and Kashmir Waqf Board on Saturday said that Eid prayers will not be allowed at Eidgah Srinagar as request for the same was received late.

“There is a weather forecast of heavy downpour for the coming few days and it would not be possible for the Waqf to make requisite arrangements”, news agency KNO quoted an unnamed official of J&K Waqf Board as saying.

He said that the Waqf has advised the Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid to ask followers to offer prayers in covered spaces of local Masjids.

Notably, Anjuman Auqaf had on July 06 written to the J&K Waqf Board to make necessary arrangements for offering Eid prayers at 9 am at Eidgah Srinagar on July 10.

Auqaf has also stated that in case of inclement weather, the congregational Eid prayers will be offered at the Central Jamia Masjid, Srinagar at the scheduled time and all arrangements have been made there as well.

Govt disallows Eid prayers at Jama Masjid

Meanwhile Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid has said that the Waqf Board has in its reply received today (Saturday), conveyed its inability to facilitate prayers citing rainy weather forecast, saying Muslims should offer prayers at their local Masjids instead.

“Later in the day Anjuman members were called by government authorities and told that as Waqf had declined prayer facilitation at Eidgah, if Aquaf wants to conduct the prayers at Jamia Masjid Srinagar instead, it can be only allowed at the central Jama Masjid if held before 6.30 Am and not after that,” reports said.

As per precedent, Anjum Auqaf had last week announced that Eid prayers will be held at Eidgah at 9.00 Am and in case of inclement weather at Jama Masjid Srinagar at that time, already shifting the timing one hour earlier, due to hot weather.

“If Eid prayers can be held at other masjids and shrines under the Waqf Board at 10:00 and 11:00AM, strange conditions are only being applied for central Jama Masjid, and frivolous excuses being made for not making arrangements at Eidgah,” it alleged.

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