Srinagar, April 28 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, senior APHC leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who continues to remain under house arrest, has denounced the repeated closure of Srinagar’s central Jamia Masjid by the Indian authorities.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “Not allowing congregational prayers on the occasion of Jumatul Wida at the central Jamia Masjid of the valley is outrageous and against the fundamental human right to religious practice.” He said, the historical Masjid is thronged by lakhs of valley Muslims on this blessed day.
“The same holds true for barring people from praying at Jamia Masjid on the holy occasion of Lailatul Qadr,” he added.
The APHC leader said that such orders against Muslims and circulars being issued by authorities in valley school asking the staff members not to wear hijab, in a place where Islam is the religion of the vast majority is deeply distressing, causing great angst and hurt to people and further deepening the conflict.
He asked the authorities to revoke the ban on prayers and allow Muslims across the valley access to central Jamia Masjid on these very important and holy days of Ramazan.
He further said, people as in the past , will observe Jumatul Wida as ‘Youm-e-Quds ‘and ‘Youm-e-Kashmir, to stress upon the urgent need for a peaceful resolution of the lingering Palestinian issue and the Kashmir conflict and the human lives they consume.
Extending greetings to people on the reverent occasions of Jumatul wida, Shab-e-Qadr and Eid celebrations, the senior APHC leader said it stands in solidarity with the families of those who lost their loved ones to the conflict over the past decades and with families of those incarcerated in jails in J&K and across India for their political beliefs and ethical values.
Meanwhile, senior APHC leader, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi in a tweet strongly condemned the closure of Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid by the authorities barring people from praying at Jamia Masjid on the holy occasion of Shab-e-Qadr and Jumuatul Wida. He also termed it interference in the religious matters of Muslims.