SRINAGAR: The incarcerated chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is detained at a sub jail for the past two weeks in his Eid-ul-Adha message on Monday felicitated the Muslim ummah.
MirwAiz said that this Eid is being observed at a time when every household in Kashmir is mourning the dead as more that eighty civilians have died while over 12,000 including little children have been blinded, handicapped and maimed and almost every single individual “tortured or harassed by the tyrannical state and its mighty military apparatus”.
The Mirwaiz said that it has been six years since he was disallowed from offering Eid prayers and delivering the traditional Eid sermon as he would be kept under arrest by the previous ruling regime.
But it seems this time the current ruling regime “frustrated and petrified of the people’s wrath against it and their fearlessness in the face of such extreme oppression” went a step further and put him behind bars, he said.
Mirwaiz said that being in jail, “I remain restless and worried about the condition of my people who are being mercilessly butchered and tortured by the state forces, but the faith of my people in their just struggle for and the consistency and unity shown by them in striving for it while giving all kinds of sacrifices reassures me that inshallah we will achieve our cherished goal”.
Stating that Eid-ul-Adha teaches us the importance of sacrifice in the way of Allah and submitting to his commands, he said people too were “offering sacrifices of their lives and livelihood for the greater Kashmir cause and the almighty will surely reward us for we are on the path of seeking justice”.
Appealing people to celebrate Eid with austerity and simplicity, the Mirwaiz called for remembering and helping families of the ‘martyrs’, families of the injured and the poor and the needy in these “times of crisis” and said doing so would earn them the blessings of Almighty Allah.
Referring to the unified pro-freedom leadership’s advice, he said people should hand over hides of the sacrificial animals to the local Bait-ul-Maals so that the affected people of the particular areas benefit from it and keeping that in mind, Anjuman-e-Nusrat-ul-Islam had this year given up its age-old custom of collecting hides of sacrificial animals for the educational institution and instead advised its volunteers to collect them for local Bait-ul-Maal.]