Kashmir dispute won’t disappear by barring prayers: Mirwaiz
SRINAGAR: The weekly Friday prayers were allowed at the historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar here after three weeks. Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman while addressing the faithful strongly criticised government for disallowing Friday prayers at the grand mosque every now and then.
“After 3 Fridays Juma prayers allowed at #JamaMasjid. Muslim collaborators under the influence of their masters need to remember that in Islam mosque is a place of collective worship and not just individual. It is a community centre for the Muslims where besides other things,” Mirwaiz tweeted.
Mirwaiz added, “Jumma Khutba reflects those issues and problems of the community and their redressal in the light of Quran, Sunnah and ethics.”
Mirwaiz also lashed out at authorities for imposing curbs in the downtown area of Srinagar.
In his address, Mirwaiz said, “Let those who mislead by such propaganda understand that the Kashmir problem will not disappear by barring prayers at mosques and blocking all avenues of public expression of protest and outrage against repression, including in the mosques.”
“Unless the genuine demand of resolution of Kashmir conflict is addressed, voice will always be raised for its resolution from the pulpit of mosques including the Jamia Masjid,” he stressed.
The Hurriyat (M) chairman said for the last thirty years in particular, the gravest crisis being faced by the people of Kashmir is “severe repression and suspension and abuse” of all their rights including human religious and political.
He termed it “extremely sad” that daily precious human lives on all sides are lost due to Kashmir dispute.
“As is evident from the experience of past 70 years, there is little scope for a military solution to the issue,” Mirwaiz said, adding that the escalation of tension between India and Pakistan can anytime lead to a war with devastating consequences.
“So it is in the best interest of all that India and Pakistan behave like mature and sensible nations and in the interest of their countries and people, resolve the Kashmir dispute,” Mirwaiz said.