No prayers at Jamia Masjid for 14 successive Fridays

Hurriyat Conference (M) has expressed resentment over what it said the government’s decision to impose severe curfew, restrictions and curbs to stop people from offering Friday congregational prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar and other major Masjids, Khanqahs, shrines and Imam Barahs for the 14th consecutive week.
No prayers at Jamia Masjid for 14 successive Fridays
Photo: Aman Farooq/GK

Hurriyat Conference (M) has expressed resentment over what it said the government's decision to impose severe curfew, restrictions and curbs to stop people from offering Friday congregational prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar and other major Masjids, Khanqahs, shrines and Imam Barahs for the 14th consecutive week.

"Jamia Masjid Srinagar is the central symbol of the indigenous Muslim identity of the people of Kashmir who hold it in great reverence and relevance. And barring people from praying there is the worst possible assault on the religious sentiments of the people attached with it. Wherever possible, people strongly protested this anti-Muslim stand by the state for disallowing a vast majority of people the basic religious right of offering Friday prayers," Hurriyat (M) spokesperson said in a statement. 

The spokesperson said addressing a Friday gathering at Shanglipora, Palpora Jamia Masjid, APHC member and Jammu Kashmir Awami Action Committee (AAC) leader, Moulvi Muhammad Yaqoob expressed resentment against the government for disallowing congregational Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid, Srinagar for the past three-and-a-half months. 

"He  also resented the illegal detention of the Mirwaiz of the state and APHC Chairman  Dr. Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq, who as a consequence has not been able to deliver the Friday sermon from the pulpit of Jamia masjid, which is  a centuries old tradition of the  Mirwaizeen, thus violating his right to propagate religion and discharge his duties," he said. 

"The right to practice religion by Muslims,who are the majority community in JK, is being  completely and systematically violated and trampled upon by the Government of India and their local collaborators , as part of a state policy of repression and revenge against the people," he said. 

Later, the spokesperson said a protest march was held at Palpora in which people in general and youth in particular carrying placards and photographs of the Mirwaiz demanded his immediate release and the release of other resistance leaders.

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