Srinagar, September 10 : In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar today said that after 6 August 2021, the authorities are not allowing Friday prayers Major worship places in the territory.
The Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the authorities were not allowing Juma prayers at the historic central Jamia Masjid Srinagar and other major places of worship including Dargah Hazratbal, Khanqah-e-Mualla, Sultan-ul-Arifeen Hazrat Makhdoom Sahib (RA), Astaan Aaliya Khanyar, Astaan Aaliya Naqshband Sahib (RA) after 6 August, this year. It said this has led to a sharp rise in public outrage as such dictatorial measures have severely hurt the religious sentiments of the people who have been prevented from performing their religious duties.
The Anjuman deplored that authorities on one hand under the guise of COVID-19 order closure of major places of worship in Kashmir and on the other, allow opening of public places, parks, bazaars and educational institutions. Such policies reveal double standards and ill intentions of the authorities, it said.
The statement further clarified that the worshipers coming to Jamia Masjid for Friday prayers take full care of the standard COVID-19 SOPs and as such preventing the people from performing their religious duty is a clear interference in religious affairs which is extremely unfortunate and condemnable.
Meanwhile, the Anjuman has expressed deep sorrow over the sad demise of Maulana Habeeb-ur-Rehman Ludhianvi, an eminent religious scholar, the Ameer of Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Hind, a sincere leader of Khatm-e-Naboowat and Naamos-e-Risaalat (SAW) and Shaahi Khateeb and Imam of Jamia Masjid Ludhiana, Indian Punjab.
The Anjuman on behalf of the organisation and its incarcerated Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressed condolence and solidarity with the bereaved family members of the deceased scholar. It also paid glowing tributes to Maulana Habeeb-ur-Rehman for his long and continuous selfless religious and reformative services in Punjab. Maulana’s demise is a great loss for the people of Punjab and the religious circles of India as he was a shield for the Muslims of Punjab, it said.