Friday Prayers Offered At Jamia Masjid After 30 Weeks

SRINAGAR: After almost 30 weeks, the historic Jamia Masjid was thrown open for devotees today on the occasion of Friday following Meraj-e-Alam, Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid said.

Friday Prayers offered at Jamia Masjid after 30 weeks on Friday, March 4, 2022. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

The Friday sermon was given by Imam Hai Syed Ahmed Naqshbandi as Mirwaiz Umar Farooq continued to remain under house detention.

The Anjuman Auqaf said that today Friday prayers were held at the Jamia Masjid after a gap of 30 weeks and all arrangements were made in advance.

“People in large numbers came to the Masjid and there was a huge gathering today on the eve of Meraj-e-alam,” news agency KNO quoted a member of Ajumane Auqaf as having said.

Ghulam Qadir Rather, a devotee said that it is after a long gap that he came to the grand Masjid to offer Friday prayers.

“Over these years, the closure of central masjid hurt our religious sentiments badly,” he said, adding that unfortunately, he couldn’t see Kashmir’s head priest Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on the pulpit of Jamia Masjid today.

Mirwaiz has been under house detention since August 5, 2019, when Centre announced the abrogation of Article 370.

Meanwhile, emotional scenes were witnessed at the Masjid as a large number of men, women and children were seen kissing the pillars of the masjid.

“This is the place where our prayers get heard,” an elderly  woman said amid tears.

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