SRINAGAR: Friday prayers were stopped for the 27th consecutive week since August 6, 2021, this year at Srinagar’s Grand Mosque.
In a statement Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar expressed deep dismay that the Mimbar and Mehrab ( pulpit) of the historic and central Jamia Masjid Srinagar, the fountainhead of Islamic da’wah and preaching, continue to remain silent as Mirwaiz e Kashmir Mohammad Umar Farooq completes two and a half years of house detention.
“Mirwaiz is being forcibly prevented from fulfilling his traditional religious obligations and responsibilities as the Mirwaiz. This dictatorial attitude of the authorities is causing deep hurt and unease to the people of the valley,” said the statement.
Anjuman in a statement said that despite repeated appeals to the authorities to allow Friday prayers and release of Mirwaiz, the forcible closure of Jama Masjid and the continued house detention of Mirwaiz e Kashmir reflects a bigoted mindset of those ruling Jammu and Kashmir, devoid of humanity and justice.
Anjuman appeals to all people and religious institutions to ask the authorities in J&K to relent, and allow Friday prayers to be held in Jama Masjid Srinagar and release Mirwaiz e Kashmir.
“Let Jama Masjid once again reverberates with the name of Allah thanking him for his blessings,” said the statement.