Srinagar: Calling people from all walks of life to contribute towards building a progressive society by eradicating social evils, the Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman and chief of Mutahida Majlis Ulema, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Monday said that “immorality, corruption, extravagance, and futile rituals were currently plaguing the society.”
He said it was the duty of every conscious Kashmiri to play its role to bring social reforms and get rid of these social evils, thereby help in building a “sound society based on moral and Islamic values.”
Mirwaiz while addressing a gathering of imams and respected citizens of the locality at Mifta-hul-uloom, Marjan Pora Nawa Kadal here said the young generation was the future of Kashmir and it was the duty of the society in general and parents in particular to impart rich values and acquaint the youth with the issues facing the society.
He said the time has come that youth should be shown the right path which would ultimately lead to progress and prosperity of Kashmir. He said that people can’t remain mute spectators to social evils facing the society.
Mirwaiz said social ills like immorality, drug and Liquor addiction have shown a rising trend. “(The) social evils in Kashmir can only be encountered by protecting our Islamic identity,” he said, and appealed conscious Kashmiris, ulema, and intellectuals to preserve the Islamic values and inculcate those teachings among the people to preserve the true Islamic spirit.
Mirwaiz said that Kashmiris were “engaged in freedom struggle,” adding that “we cannot turn a blind eye towards growing social and moral challenges facing the society.”
Others who spoke on the occasion included Advocate Nazir Ahmad Ronga, Mufti Tanveer-ul-Islam, Meraj-ud-Din Khan, MS Shamas, Mohammad Yaqub Masoodi and Sofi Mushtaq.
At the conclusion of public gathering, a special team was constituted under the leadership of Mufti Tanveer-ul-Islam to lead the social reform campaign in the area.