Srinagar, August 20 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) has expressed concern over the repeated closure of all major places of worship including the Srinagar Jamia Masjid by the authorities in the name of so-called COVID-19 measures.
The MMU, an association of all ulema and leading religious organisations headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that in spite of all coronavirus prevention protocols being in place and complete adherence to all Covid-related SOPs, the authorities are not allowing people to offer Friday prayers at key religious places.
It said that in view of the holy days of Muharram and the significant decline in the Covid cases, one would normally expect that the authorities would facilitate arrangements for the ease of worshipers; but on the contrary restrictions are being imposed deliberately to prevent people from exercising their basic religious rights.
The MMU asked those in charge of decision-making to stop harassing people in this manner and allow them to pray in peace in their mosques, dargahs and khankahs. It added that if by next Friday all major places of worship were not opened for worshippers, it would hold a meeting to deliberate on this grave matter, where the future course of action will be decided and people will be informed accordingly. The MMU also called for immediate release of its head, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is under illegal house arrest for the past over two years.
The members of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema include Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, Mufti Azam’s Muslim Personal Law Board, Dar-ul- Uloom Raheemiya Bandipora, Anjuman-e-Sharie Shian, Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadeeth, Jamaat-e-Islami, Karwan-e-Islami, Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen, Anjuman-e-Himayat-ul-Islam, Anjuman-e-Tabligh-ul-Islam, Jamiat Hamdaniya, Anjuman Ulema Ahnaaf, Dar-ul-Uloom Qasmia, Dar-ul-Uloom Bilalia, Anjuman Nusrat-ul-Islam, Anjuman-e-Mazhar-ul-Haq, Jamiat Aima Wa Ulema, Anjuman-e-Imam-o-Mashaa’ikh Kashmir, Dar-ul-Uloom Naqshbandia, Dar-ul-Uloom Rasheedia, Ahl-e-Bayt Foundation, Madrasa Kanz-ul-Uloom and Karvaan Khatm-e-Nabuwat.