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Anjuman Auqaf condemns closure of Srinagar Jamia Masjid on Shab-e-Baraat

Srinagar, March 19 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Anjuman Auqaf of Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, has expressed deep dismay at the authoritarian attitude of the administration by once again locking the historic mosque on the important occasion of Shab-e-Baraat.

The Anjuman in a statement issued in Srinagar said the closing down of the Jamia Masjid after a gap of only two weeks was extremely painful and such a harsh measure can only be called infringement upon and interference in religious practices of people.

It said that its head and Mirwaiz of Kashmir, Umar Farooq has been arbitrarily detained for the last around three years, and all his da’wah work stands suspended. Despite this, arrangements for Nimaz-e-Isha and observance of Shab-e-Baraat were made at the mosque and thousands of devotees from nook and corner of the valley had come in large numbers for worship and observance of Shab-e-Baraat but administration’s hegemonic decision caused them great disappointment and inconvenience, it deplored.

The Anjuman demanded immediate and unconditional release of the Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir before the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan and hoped that the process of forcible closure of the Jamia Masjid would now be abandoned.

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