MMU demands Jamia Masjid opening for Friday prayers, release of Mirwaiz

Srinagar, December 14 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema Jammu and Kashmir has called upon the Indian authorities to allow prayers at Jamia Masjid on Fridays and ensure immediate release of amalgam chief, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the demand was raised at a meeting of Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema held at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal, Srinagar, after authorities disallowed it at the Anjuman Auqaf headquarters at Jamia Masjid Srinagar.

The meeting was presided over by the leading Islamic scholar of IIOJK Mufti Nazir Ahmad Qasmi, as MMU President Mirwaiz Umar Farooq continues to be under house detention. The meeting was attended by the leaders and representatives of the religious and social organisations besides well known NGOs of Jammu and Kashmir. On the occasion, it was proposed to form a sub-committee under the auspices of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema to address key issues facing the Kashmiri society.

The MMU during the meeting expressed resentment over the blasphemous content published by a Delhi-based publisher ‘Jay Cee Publications’ in the History and Civics books of Class 7th. The MMU said, “From time to time conspiracies have been hatched against the religion of Islam, the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) and the Holy Qur’an.”

Appealing to scholars, imams, preachers and socio-religious organisations of all schools of thought, the MMU members asked for greater unity among the Muslims to resist the nefarious designs of anti-Islamic forces and discourage partial, partisan and centuries-old differences and conflicts among various sects of Islam. The meeting expressed deep concern and sorrow over the reports on sale and purchase of Covid orphans by some unscrupulous people, calling it as extremely shameful and inhuman.

The participants in the meeting strongly protested against the constant closure of historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar, the largest place of worship in J&K and the spiritual centre of the Muslims of the region, by the authorities for Friday prayers since August 6, 2021. They made it clear that such dictatorial measures were interference with religious practices.

The meeting expressed strong concern over the continued incarceration of the MMU chief Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq.

MMU asked the rulers of the state to allow prayers at Jamia Masjid on Fridays and ensure the immediate release of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

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