Srinagar: The religious scholars and Imams across the valley on Saturday expressed concern over tactics being used to harass Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) patron Mirwaiz Umar Farooq by the NIA through repeated notices sent to him.
In a joint statement issued here, they voiced regret over the continuous harassment of Mirwaiz.
“Mirwaiz who represents the three-hundred-year-old institute of the Mirwaizeen a highly respected and revered institute by the people with which they have a deep religious emotional attachment was being subject to such harassment which pains us all,” they said.
They said: “Mirwaiz is the social, religious and spiritual leader of Kashmiri people, and associating him with such activities to defame his personal character is highly deplorable. People of Kashmir are indebted to the Mirwaiz family as Mirwaizeen have tirelessly worked for the education social and religious upliftment of the people of Valleys since past many decades.”
“Mirwaiz has been taking forward the great and sacred mission of his ancestors and issuing notices to him again and again is unacceptable,” the statement said, adding that despite Mirwaiz repeatedly saying that he was willing to cooperate in Srinagar, yet he is again and again being called to New Delhi to pressurise him.
They asked the authorities to immediately stop the harassment and intimidation of the Mirwaiz as people and Ulema are deeply disturbed by it.
The statement also termed the frequent sealing of historic Jamia Masjid on Fridays as unacceptable interference in religious affairs of Muslims of the valley and a move that calls for strongest condemnation. They said that Jamia Masjid is the epicenter of the religious and cultural moorings of the people of the valley which is being frequently closed down for worshipers preventing them from exercising their religious rights.
They said that the pulpit of Jamia Masjid has preached the message of Islam as the religion of peace and has always reflected the truth about the condition of people. “Sadly repressive measures are being taken to silence this sacred pulpit promoting the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in its true and pristine form,” they added.
Those who slammed the repeated harassment of Mirwaiz include – Kashmir’s Grand Mufti, Nasir-ul-Islam, president Jamiat-e-Ahli-Hadith Professor Ghulam Muhammad Bhat Al-Madani, Anjuman-e-Share-Shian president Aga Syed Al Mousivi Al-Safavi, Karwan-e-Islami International Patron Moulana Ghulam Rasool Hami, Itihadul-Muslimeen patron Moulana Abbas Ansari, head of Darul Uloom Rahimiya Bandipora Moulana Rehmatullah Mir, president of Anjuman-e-Tableegul Islam Moulana Syed Fareedudin Bukhari, patron of Anjuman-e-Himayatul Islam Showkat Hussain Keng and president Moulana Khursheed Ahmed Qanoongo, Jamiat-e-Hamdaniya patron Moulana Reyaz Ahmed Hamadani, Mufti Abdul Rashid of Darul Uloom Bilaliya, Moulana Ahmed Sayed of Darul Uloom Qasmia, Molana Bashir Qasmi of Darul Uloom Sopore, Patron Jamiat-e-Ulema Moulana Muhammad Tehseen Qasmi, representatives of Jamaat-e-Islami, Anjuman-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid Khateeb Moulana Syed Ahmed Naqashbandi, Muslim Personal Law Board, patron Darul Iftaa wa Qaza Shariat-e-Islami Bijbehara Mufti Ziyaul Haq Nazimi, Khateeb and Imam of Dastgeer Sahab (RA) Moulana Nazir Ahmed Qadiri, Anjuman-e-Ulema-e-Ahnaf president Moulana Asgar Hussain , General Secretary of Mohsin-e-Alam International Bashir Ahmed Kanth, Sheik ul Hadees Mufti Muzzafar Hussain Sopore, Ghulam Rasool Samoon of Anjuman-e-Nusratul Islam and others.