SRINAGAR: International Islamic orator Sheikh Mohammad Hussain Yee on Friday said disunity was “the worst evil” faced by the Ummah (Muslim community) for years.
In his address at the historic Jamia Masjid here, Yee said this worst evil could only be defeated by practicing Islam.
“It is a historic Mosque in a sense that it has remained an epicenter of unity among Muslims in Kashmir. The need of the hour is to maintain it and practice Islam,” he said.
Hussain is visiting Kashmir on the invitation of Anjuman-e-Auqaf, Jamia Masjid. He is part of a visiting delegation of several internationally-acclaimed Islamic scholars from Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Kuwait, and India.
“It was a beautiful experience to be in Kashmir with Kashmiris. I have also heard about the problems you go through day in and day out. Reposing your trust in Allah can lead you to successes. Back home, I will also keep Kashmir in my prayers,” Hussain said.
Born in a Buddhist family, Yee converted to Islam in 1968 at the age of 18. He studied at the University of Madinah in Saudi Arabia and majored in Hadith.
At the University of Madinah, he studied under the renowned 20th century Islamic scholar Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani.
President Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid and chairman Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, said the situation of the Ummah was a matter of concern for all Muslims.
He said it was the responsibility of religious preachers to guide the Muslim political leadership towards addressing all the prevailing problems.
“Islam is not against any community or any religion. It is the religion that teaches Muslims to follow the true path that leads to Allah. It preaches Muslims to perform their responsibilities toward their political, social, and societal rights in accordance with the Islamic value,” Mirwaiz said.
In his Friday congregational address, he said the lectern of Jamia Masjid has been raising voice for the legitimate rights of the people and despite facing curbs and restrictions, this historic platform has been performing its duty and responsibility towards this cause.
He said Kashmiris were firm in their resolve to safeguard the sacrifices of their people and the state aggression has neither weakened the courage of the people in the past nor would such tactics succeed in future.