Terming as unacceptable the J&K government's proposal to put under surveillance the activities of Islamic scholars and Imams (clerics), the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday such "misadventures of the government will have serious consequences."
Calling a coalition minister as 'Wazir-e-Tardeed' and the one "deputed to put a lid on anti-Muslim policies of RSS and issue clarification on their 'hate' statements", Geelani said: "He refutes every statement over which his woman leader had compromised with the BJP."
Geelani expressed his deep concern over the reports that the CID has begun collecting information and data regarding the Islamic scholars and Imams in some areas of the Budgam district. "It is actually an attempt to bring Masajids (mosques) under the control of the government so that their favorite persons and government Moulvis can be appointed there who will deliver sermons on government diktats. Masajid have a vital role in the formation of the Muslim society and these are the awareness centers of the collective issues of the Muslims. The Masajids are not only for prayers or worship but at the time of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the Masjids were the parliaments, assemblies, secretariats and courts for the Muslims and all the issues relating to the Muslim Ummah were addressed there," he said.
Although this status of Masajids is no more existing, even then they play a very important role in the Muslim society, Geelani said.
"The Kashmiri nation is miserably suffering for the past seven decades at the hands of Indian cruel forces and the Masajid have played a very crucial and effective role in the resistance movement during this period. The RSS and the Mehbooba Mufti want to influence this character of the Masajid and they want to control these Muslim institutions. It is a direct interference into the religious affairs of the Muslims and it will not be tolerated in any way and at any cost," he said. "This move will be resisted tooth and nail. Jammu & Kashmir is not Gujarat or Assam. It is Muslim majority state and nobody will be allowed to dilute its status."