SRINAGAR: Friday prayers were held at the historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Srinagar after a period of over four months. The prayers had been suspended due to the rise in the covid 19 pandemic.
Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid in a statement said that after almost four months, congregational Friday players were resumed at Jama Masjid today.
All arrangements were made by the Auqaf to ensure Covid SOPs were in place and were observed by all who offered prayers at the Masjid.
“President Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid and Mirwaiz e Kashmir Mohamad Umar Farooq was not allowed to move out of his home for the Jumma majlis waz-o-tableegh (Friday Sermon) and offering of Friday prayers at the Jama Masjid. Mirwaiz continues to be under house detention for the past two years, since August 2019,” Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid said in a statement.
“On this occasion, Imam Hai Moulana Syed Ahmed Naqshband in his address thanked Almighty Allah that prayers had been resumed at Jama Masjid, with all covid protocols in place, but lamented that since the past two years Mirwaiz e Kashmir has been arbitrarily detained at his house by the state authorities and is not even allowed to visit Jama Masjid to deliver the Friday sermon- which people are longing to hear and participate in,” reads the statement.
“This is causing people great hurt and anguish. It is the centuries-old tradition of Mirwaizeen-e-Kashmir who delivers the unique Friday sermon from the pulpit of the Jama Masjid,” the statement quoted Imam Hai as having said.
“By keeping the pulpit forcibly empty by detaining Mirwaiz, authorities are deliberately hurting the sentiments of the Muslims of the valley,” Imam Hai was quoted as saying.