Srinagar: After remaining closed for five consecutive weeks, the district administration on Friday allowed people to offer mandatory congregational prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Old City here.
Pertinently, amid restrictions imposed by the administration, the authorities barred people to offer Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid here for five consecutive weeks. All the four gates of the historic Masjid remained closed for five Friday’s.
Unlike previous five weeks, no restrictions were imposed in Srinagar areas while the congregational prayers were also held at Jamia Masjid, which was addressed by the Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman and Jamia Masjid’s head cleric, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Mirwaiz who remained under house detention for several weeks was also released today prior to the Friday prayers.
A huge gathering was witnessed at Jamia Masjid.
Mirwaiz delivered sermons at historic Masjid and condemned the imposition of restrictions and lockdown of Jamia Masjid by the government and termed it as ‘frustration’ of the rulers.
Earlier in the year 2016 during the unrest in Kashmir, the authorities had lockdown the Jamia Masjid here for a long period of 19 weeks during which people were disallowed to offer congregational prayers there as precautionary measure.