A “Youm-e-Taqadus” was observed at the historic Jamia Masjid on the call of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) with full religious zeal and discipline on Friday.

The spokesman said that the program was presided over by the president of the Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in which leaders and representatives from various religious, social, and political organisations participated and put forth their views over the “sacrilege” of Jamia Masjid pulpit last Friday by some miscreants.

Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Mohammad Yasin Malik (Representational picture)

Those who spoke on the occasion include Syed Ali Geelani who addressed the gathering over phone, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Jamaat-e-Islami spokesman Advocate Zahid Ali, Jamiate-e-Ahlihadith representative Zubair Tahiri, head of the Anjuman-e-Himatul Islam Moulana Showkat Hussain Keng, and the representative of Anjuman-e-Shar-e-Shian G.MzNagoo, and Parwan-e-Wilayat patron Moulana Sibt Muhammad Shabiri and dozens of other religious leaders.

Yasin Malik during Youm-e-Taqadus addressing people at Jamia Masjid on January 4, 2019

In their address, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik shed light on the sanctity of masjid and its pulpit in the light of Islamic teachings stating that the incident that took place last Friday has shocked and hurt the religious sentiments and emotions of people across Kashmir and that the act deserves condemnation at all levels.

The leadership said that the attempt to desecrate the pulpit of grand masjid was an attempt to damage the Kashmir struggle that is purely indigenous in nature

The leadership said that at a time when people and the leadership is trying hard to take forward the ongoing sacred movement that has countless sacrifices at its back, some elements misusing the name of Islam with suspect identity are playing mischief to divide people of Kashmir on religious ideology and sectarian lines alien to our land and movement.

They said that Kashmir struggle is purely indigenous in nature where people are fighting New Delhi’s “forcible” control on Kashmir. Our goal is right to self-determination and our motivation is Islamic values of defending the truth and fight for justice. They said that people should remain cautious and not allow any attempt aimed at giving the Kashmir struggle a global colour by linking it with some global agenda a move that suits “Delhi” by all means.

They urged people, especially youth to stay vigilant and forge unity on all fronts so that the goal is achieved

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq during Yasin Malik during Youm-e-Taqadus at Jamia masjid Srinagar on January 4, 2019

Terming the last Friday’s attempt to desecrate the Jamia Masjid Pulpit as very unfortunate, the leaders said that conspiracies were hatched against the grand masjid, right from 1931 “massacre” to the “martyrdom” of Moulana Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq (RA).

The leadership said that youth are the greatest assets of Kashmir struggle where elderly and women folk too have offered priceless sacrifices towards the freedom movement.

The leaders urged the youth to connect to leadership and visit their homes and offices of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to give their suggestions and take on the movement and how to make it more robust and strengthen it. They may register their disapproval if any to leadership.


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