Valley’s chief Islamic cleric expresses concern over attacks on religious institutions

Valley’s chief Islamic cleric expresses concern over attacks on religious institutions

‘Government has declared war on religious places’
SRINAGAR: Jammu Kashmir Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (JKMMU) chief, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Friday condemned the alleged desecration of religious institutions in Kashmir by the government forces, saying the religious places of Muslims are being targeted “under a well-planned conspiracy”.
In a statement issued here, Mirwaiz, who has been under continuous house arrest for the past 49 days, said the rising number of attacks on mosques and religious seminaries across Kashmir was a cause of concern.
“The government forces are threatening and targeting the Imams, Ulemas, Madrasa teachers and students,” he said, terming the desecration of Madrasa ‘Babul Aloom’, run by Mufti Sajad Ahmad Qasmi at Natipora Srinagar, by the government forces as “unfortunate”.
“The government has declared a war on religious places by attacking them,” he said. “People have sacrificed their lives and properties for attaining their right to self determination and now their religious places like Masjids, Khanqahs, shrines and Imam Barahs are being targeted, which is unfortunate and intolerable.”
Meanwhile, Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, Khateeb and Imam, Moulana Ahmad Syed Naqshbandi, said that stopping people from offering Friday congregational prayers at the historic mosques for seven consecutive weeks by imposing strict curfew was “painful for the Muslims and a challenge to their religious honour”.
“Power-drunk ruling class would have to pay for trampling the rights of the people,” he said in the statement.

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