Srinagar: Calling upon the people to use mosques not only as a place for collective praying but also as a center of social and reformative activities, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman and chief of Mutahida Majlis Ulema (MMU), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Sunday urged the people to come forward and lend a helping hand in fighting social evils.
Mirwaiz said that “immorality, corruption, extravagance, and futile rituals were plaguing the Kashmir society,” and it is the duty of every conscious Kashmiri especially the youth to come forward and play their role to bring social reform and get rid of these social evils.
Mirwaiz was addressing a gathering of local imams and respected citizens of Chattabal at Masjid Sheikh Yaqoob Sahib in connection with the social reforms campaign, according to a statement.
Mirwaiz said the younger generation was the future of Kashmir and drug addiction is one of the biggest challenges they are facing right now. He said that parents in particular have to impart rich values and acquaint their children with Islamic teachings so that the young generation is shown the right path which would ultimately lead to progress and prosperity of Kashmir.
He said that people can’t remain mute spectators to growing social evils around them and that “we have to work both individually and collectively to save not only our families but the society at large from the grave issue of moral and social degradation.” Mirwaiz said that social ills like immorality and drug and liquor addiction have shown a rising trend. He said these evils “can only be countered by protecting our Islamic identity.”
“He appealed conscious Kashmiris, ulema, and intellectuals to take measures to preserve the Islamic values and inculcate those teachings among the people to preserve the true Islamic spirit,” the statement said. “Kashmiris were engaged in a freedom struggle. It’s time when we not only have to show steadfastness to our cause and be politically aware of our responsibilities but also we have to address the social and moral challenges facing the society.” He said that a healthy society is guarantee for bright future for the people of Kashmir.
Mirwaiz also denounced detention of Peerzada Akhzar Hussain, leader of Ulema Council, one of the constituents of MMU, while he was leading a protest march against sale of liquor.
“It is the collective demand of all sections of the society in Kashmir that sale of liquor and drugs should be completely banned,” Mirwaiz said, adding that the Ulema Council will intensify its efforts in this direction.