In connection with the commencement of Hafta-e-Shadat (martyrs' week), recitation of Quran and special Fatiah payers were held across Kashmir in memory of Shaheed-e-Milat Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq, Shaheed-e-Huriyat Abdul Gani Lone, and the martyrs of Hawal massacre of 21 May 1990.
According to a statement issued here, the recitation of holy Quran was held at the Hurriyat and Awami Action Committee (AAC) headquarters in Srinagar and the district headquarters at Islamabad, Kupwara, Langate, Duru, Lolab, Kralapora, Adipora,Hab Dangerpora, Warpora, Pattan, Qazigund, Shopian, Budgam, Chadoora, Pakherpora, Sopore, Bandamulla, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Pulwama, and Bandipora.
"Hurriyat chairman and AAC president Mirwaiz Umar Farooq presided over the function at AAC headquarters Mirwaiz Manzil, Rajouri Kadal here. The members of AAC participated in the recitation of holy Quan and offering of Fateh prayers," the statement said.
"Soon after Quranic recitation, a Valley wide Husn-e-Qirat Mehfil was organised by the Anjunam-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid which was presided over by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq where in Hurriyat members, workers, and the Imams of various masjids participated."
The statement said events of recitation of Quran are held during the martyrs' week with a sole aim of attracting youth towards Quran and its teaching.
In the Husn-e-Qirat program, students of Hifz, who remember Quran by heart, from various Darul Ulooms, participated.
The first position in Husn-e-Qirat was bagged by Qari Israrul Haq of Kanzul Ulloom Ganderbal, second position by Qari Talib Hussain of Darul Uloom Dawoodiya Srinagar, third by Qari Manzoor Ahmed Mir of Sadatul Quran Nagabal, and the fourth by Qari Burhan Shafiq of Darasgah Farooqiya Hawal, Srinagar.
The Mirwaiz distributed prizes among the winners while as the duties of jury were performed by Qari Riyazul Haq Qasimi, Qari Muhammad Ishtiya, and Qari Aijaz Ahmed. The function was moderated by Moulana M S Rehman Shams.
Speaking on the occasion, Imam and Khateeb of Jamia Masjid Srinagar, Moulana Syed Ahmed Naqashbandi paid rich tributes to the Shaheed-e-Milat, the Shaheed-e-Hurriyat and the martyrs of Hawal massacre and offered fateh prayers.
Prominent Islamic scholars that included Mufti Muhammad Abdullah Qasimi, Moulana Inayatullah, Mufti Ghulam Rasool Samoon, Muhammad Yasin Shah and Molvi Altaf Ahmed, were present.
Meanwhile, the biggest function to pay tributes the martyrs was held at APHC headquarters Rajbagh Srinagar where besides recitation of Quran, special tributes were paid to them.