185 Fridays Behind Bars: Anjuman Slams Govt Over Mirwaiz Detention

SRINAGAR: Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar on Friday criticized the government for the three and a half years of ‘illegal and arbitrary detention’ of its President Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Molvi Muhammad Umar Farooq who was barred from offering 185th consecutive Friday prayers today.

The Anjuman in a statement said that due to the illegal detention, Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir is prevented from delivering the Friday sermons and Friday prayers from the pulpit of the Jama Masjid which is a direct interference with the religious rights of the Muslims of the valley by the Authorities

The continuous detention of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq is a serious concern for Anjuman Auqaf as well as the people, the statement read, adding that public anxiety against his unjustified detention is increasing with each passing day. Severe disappointment is seen among the worshipers at the historic Jama Masjid Srinagar who come from cities and towns to benefit from the wise sermons of Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir, the statement added.

The Anjuman urged the authorities to ensure the unconditional release of Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir on the arrival of the month of Ramadan so that he can fulfill his religious obligations in this blessed month.


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