Friday to be observed as ‘Youm-e-Taqadus’
SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Umar Farooq on Wednesday it is time to isolate the elements trying to damage and violate the sanctity of the Jamia Masjid Srinagar which he said will continue to represent people’s right while raising the voice against “injustice and repression”.
Mirwaiz also announced that the coming Friday will be observed as ‘Youm-e-Taqadus’ in which the heads of various religious and resistance political parties will jointly raise their voice against the act of attempted desecration of the pulpit of the grand mosque and convey a message that nobody will be allowed to tamper with the centrality of the historic Jamia Masjid and what it stands for.
A statement issued by the Awami Action Committee (AAC) of which the Mirwaiz is patron, said the “highly condemnable act” that took place on 28 December 2018 has left the entire valley in a deep shock and hurt their sentiments.
It said a meeting of AAC was held at historic Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal chaired by its patron Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and attended by all the activists and members of the organisation including those from districts as well as Hurriyat activists.
The meeting discussed the attempted violation of the pulpit of historic masjid last Friday by “some hooligans backed by misguided elements” and termed it as sacrilegious. They pledged that such incidents won’t be allowed to happen again and that any attempt aimed at damaging the sanctity or sacredness of the grand masjid will not be tolerated.
Addressing the participants, Mirwaiz said that Old City has always been the epicentre of Kashmir’s spiritual religious quest and its political ideology, and the pulpit of Jamia Masjid has represented both these true to the core values of Islam and Tawheed and the political and social aspirations of its people.
He said Mirwaizeen along the centuries have preached the message of unity and harmony in Islam besides leading people on their political rights.
The grand masjid will continue to spread this message and represent people’s right while raising the voice against injustice and repression, Mirwaiz said adding that it is time to isolate those elements who are trying to damage and violate the sanctity of the grand masjid .
Urging people to stay united on this, Mirwaiz said, “Unity among all sects will not allow these elements to damage our religious and social fabric and ethos especially at a time when we as a nation are facing the ultimate challenge in the form of occupation.”
He shed light on the importance and sanctity of masajids as explained by the revered Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Mirwaiz also said that “any attempt to change the basic nature of Kashmir dispute will be a great disservice to all the sacrifices and collective efforts put in it by the people of J&K and hence won’t be allowed; a strict vigil has to be maintained not to allow it”.
The unison, in which all segments of society – political, religious and civil society – have condemned this incident, is welcome and a positive step.
After the meeting, Mirwaiz led a rally in which AAC workers, Hurriyat leaders, members and the general public, traders and a large number of youth participated.
The Jamia Masjid especially its pulpit was cleaned as the hooligans had desecrated it with their boots, the statement said.