SRINAGAR: While the government locked the historic Jamia Masjid of Srinagar to prevent Friday prayers, Imams of other mosques delivered from their pulpits the message that people should “fight” and remain “steadfast” in their struggle for justice and freedom.
In their Friday sermons, Imams across the Valley prayed for killed civilians and militants. Many Imams asked people to follow the principles of Islam to achieve success.
At a masjid in Jawahar Nagar, the Imam told people to fight against the “oppression” of government forces in the Valley.
“Jihad is obligatory for Muslims and people should not keep away from it during these trying times,” he said.
At many masjids in Bemina, the Imams asked people to not get disheartened by monetary losses and instead focus on those who lost their kin and kith.
“We should not care about economic loss because more than 45 innocent people have been killed. It is our responsibility to take care of needy people and provide them succour in current times,” an Imam said.
In another masjid in the area, the Imam said that people should follow the protest calendar but utmost care should be taken to maintain discipline.
“Otherwise, government forces will make propaganda that youth throw stones for fun. Such should be our conviction that even if we get killed in protests, we will be martys,” he said. Another Imam at a masjid in Natipora prayed for slain civilians and militants while asking people to continue the struggle.
At a masjid in Chattabal, an Imam invoked the Kunan-Poshpora mass rape by soldiers in his appeal to the people to not forget crimes committed by India in Kashmir.
“India can never be our friend. The current situation demands that we repent for our sins and follow Islam. People should take care of those families whose sons were slain and injured during the ongoing protests and in the past two decades,” he said.
Another Imam at Safa Kadal in the old city asked people to revive Baitul Maal at local masjids and appealed to people to help the needy and poor.