Anjuman Hopes For Opening Of Jama Masjid In Wake Of Diminishing Covid Cases

SRINAGAR: Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar have expressed hope that in view of diminishing cases of Covid-19 in Jammu and Kashmir, the authorities will allow the opening of Srinagar’s grand mosque.

A view of Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Srinagar on Friday September 3,2021. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

“While all mosques, shrines, Imambaras including Dargah Hazratbal have opened for prayers in view of the ongoing holy month of Rabi-ul-Awwal and diminishing graph of COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir, the authorities have no justification to keep J&K’s largest place of worship -Jama Masjid Srinagar closed,” the Auqaf said in a statement.

“Therefore, Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar has decided that in view of the occasion of the blessed birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW), the grand mosque will be opened for Friday prayers on October 15, 2021, under strict observance of COVID-19 SOPS and guidelines,” the statement further read.

The Anjuman further said that on this occasion, people will make special arrangements for prayers to seek the salvation of humanity from the COVID-19 pandemic along with repentance of sins, before Almighty Allah.

They also hoped that the authorities will also allow Mirwaiz to resume his duties at the mosque. The Anjuman said that on the occasion of the month of Rabi-ul-Awal, the Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir is allowed to fulfil his official responsibilities from the pulpit of the Jamia Masjid and guide people on various issues they face in society.

“We also hope the authorities will ensure that the detention of Mirwaiz would Dr Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq, the head of Anjuman Auqaf, who has been under illegal and arbitrary house arrest for the last 28 months, will also be ended so that he resumes his centuries-old duty of the Mirwaizeen-e-Kashmir of preaching Qaal Allah Wa Qaala Rasool (SAW),” the Anjuman said.


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