SRINAGAR: The 51st death anniversary of “one of the pioneers of Kashmir’s freedom struggle”, the Mujahjir-e-Millat and the Mufasir-e-Qur’an, Mirwaiz Moulana Muhammad Yousuf Shah (RA) was observed with great religious fervour and respect in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and Islamabad, Pakistan.
However, in Kashmir, following the imposition of strict curbs across downtown and caging of leadership including chairman of his faction of APHC Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the function to pay tributes Mujahir-e-Millat that was supposed to be held at Aali Masjid couldn’t take place.
In a statement issued here, the APHC (M) said that in PaK, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Cell had organised a program to pay tributes and to remember the political, social and religious contribution of Muhajir-e-Millat in which prominent personalities of PaK and Islamabad participated. APHC (M) convenor for PaK Syed Faiz Naqshbandi also participated in the function and shed light on the contributions of Mirwaiz Yousuf Shah (RA).
In Kashmir, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while paying tributes to Muhajir-e-Millat termed him the true reflection of the genuine aspirations of the majority of people of Kashmir.
“Muhajir-e-Millat while representing the political aspirations of majority of people in Kashmir in 1947 raised the voice for demanding the right to self determination. Today his stand on Kashmir stands vindicated as fourth generation of Kashmir too is demanding the same right and is actively participating in the ongoing movement,” Mirwaiz said.
He said that Muhajir-e-Millat never compromised on his stand and stood like a rock forcing the then rulers to declare him as “Enemy Agent” and to force him into an exile and never allow him to return to his homeland. “Kashmiri people would always remember Mujahjir-e-Millat for his great and unforgettable contribution on social, religious and political fronts,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that while in exile, Muhajir-e-Millat continued to support Kashmir people in their just struggle with the result the entire Kashmiri nation remembers this great soul with full honour and respect. “Muhajir-e-Millat gave the first Kashmiri translation of holy Qur’an, known as ‘Bayan-ul-Qur’an’ that earned fame across the Muslim countries,” he said.
Mirwaiz, who is also the Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema patron, paid rich tributes to the martyrs of battle of Badr (Jang-e-Badr) – one of the significant battles of Islam – stating that all the martyrs of Badr sacrificed their lives to ensure Islam becomes the world’s greatest religion.