7th Friday: No prayers at Jamia Masjid

7th Friday: No prayers at Jamia Masjid

Now since 2008 uprising, state government has recurrently denied Friday prayers at the masjid on one or another pretext.

For the seventh consecutive Friday today, authorities didn’t allow congregational prayers at historic Jamia Masjid nor did they permit the call for prayers, much to the disappointment of thousands of devotees who would normally offer Friday prayers there.

 

The last Friday prayers were offered at the historic masjid on July 1 on the occasion of Jumat-ul-Vida. People in Srinagar mostly prefer to offer Friday prayers at the masjid.

 

“The last time we offered Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid was some days before Eid-ul-Fitr. Now Eid-u-Azha is approaching. Authorities have imposed curfew also on our religious activities,” said local people.

 

They added that the move is time and again hurting religious sentiment of Muslims in Kashmir.

 

“In Muslim majority state, state government locks Masjid on the excuse that it would help in restoration of peace. It is shameful,” said one of the Imams, not wishing to be named.

 

“The practice to disallow prayers in this Grand Masjid began in 1819. It happened during the time of Maharaja Ranjit Singh when the then Governor Moti Ram curbed prayers at the masjid,” said an academician.

 “That time, no prayers were offered and no call for prayers was given from the Masjid. The curbs remained in force for over two decades,” he added.

Now since 2008 uprising, state government has recurrently denied Friday prayers at the masjid on one or another pretext.

“This is a direct interference in the religious affairs of people,” said a group of people.

Jamia Masjid was constructed by Sultan Sikandar, father of Zainul Aabideen alias Budshah between 1389-1420.

“Denying prayers at Jamia Masjid is painful for us”, said the Khateeb and Imam, Moulana Ahmad Syed Naqshbandi “The power drunk ruling class will have to pay for trampling the religious rights of people,” he said.