SRINAGAR: Imams and molvis of various religious organisations and masajids (mosques) of Kashmir discussed the continuous closure of Jamia Masjid, barring of Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from leading Friday prayers and imposing strict curbs in downtown areas on Fridays.
In a day-long deliberation over a series of issues, in which besides Ulema, a cross section of society including traders, and civil society activists participated, a joint resolution was passed asking government to allow prayers in the Jamia Masjid and lift siege on Fridays in downtown areas, “else a joint strategy would be formed taking all sections of society on board to resist the lockdown of the grand mosque”.
The joint meeting was called by the Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid, Srinagar at Mirwaiz Manzil, Rajouri Kadal. The meeting was chaired by vice president of Auqaf and Imam of Jamia Masjid Moulana Ahmed Syed Naqshbandi while as Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressed the gathering over phone.
Among those who participated in the meeting included President of Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadith Ghulam Muhammad Bhat Al Madani, Patron of Anjuman-e-Himayatul Islam Moulana Khursheed Ahmed Qanoongo, President Islamic Study Circle Dr Yousuf ul Umar, representative of Muslim Waqf Board Moulana Noorani, spokesperson of Jamaat-e-Islami advocate Zahid Ali, president Kashmir Economic Alliance Muhammad Yasin Khan, while a written letter of Kashmir’s grand Mufti, Bashir ud Din regarding the issue was read out on the occasion.
The participants of the meeting said the pulpit of Jamia Masjid has been central to the religious identity of Muslims of the valley and thousands of people from nook and corner of valley travel long distances to pray at the mosque as they have a deep emotional attachment to it. “Barring them from praying there greatly hurts the religious sentiments of Muslims across the valley.”