SRINAGAR, Feb 11 (AsiaFreePress) : Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid Srinagar has condemned the continuous closure of historic Jamia Masjid for prayers, reported local news agency KNO.
“It is the 28th consecutive Jummah Mubarak and the first ten days of the month of Rajab al-Murajab are also coming to an end, but the administration while continuing with its dictatorial attitude today, once again did not allow Muslims to perform religious duties such as Friday prayers at the historic Central Jamia Masjid Srinagar, the largest place of worship in Kashmir and the main centre of da’wah and preaching,” Anjuman said in a statement.
As such the Mimbar Wa Mihraab of the Jama Masjid, which used to reverberate with Qaal Allah W Qaala Rasool (SAW) continued to be silent which is extremely unfortunate and condemnable, the Anjuman said in a statement.
By doing so, the administration continues to hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims which is reprehensible in every respect, the Anjuman said and reiterated that the two-and-a-half years of ban on the topmost religious leader of the Kashmiri people, Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Molvi Umar Farooq, due to which he is unable to perform his religious obligations as well as the duties the Institution of Mirwaiz enjoins upon him. This is unjustified.
The Anjuman said that it was also very surprising that despite the peaceful protests and voices from all sections of the society across Jammu and Kashmir, the Jama Masjid was not allowed to open for Friday prayers nor is the release of Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir being carried out.
“In the last six years from 2016 to 2021, Jamia Masjid has been locked down for more than 160 Fridays. This data puts to shame the forcible closure of the mosque during the periods of worst autocratic rule that Muslims of Kashmir have suffered,” the Anjuman said.