Disallowing prayers at Jamia, elsewhere clear interference in religion: Anjuman Auqaf

Srinagar, Sep 10: Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar Friday said that after 6 August 2021, authorities are not allowing Friday prayers at the historic central Jamia Masjid Srinagar and other major places of worship including Dargah Hazratbal, Khanqah-e-Moula, Sultan-ul-Arifeen Hazrat Makhdoom Sahib (RA), Astaan Aaliya Khanyar, Astaan Aaliya Naqshband Sahib (RA) saying 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.

Anjuman in a statement issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that authorities on one hand under the guise of COVID-19 order closure of major places of worship in Kashmir and on the other hand allow opening of public places, parks, bazaars and educational institutions. Such policies reveal double standards and ill intentions of the government.

It further clarified that the worshipers coming to Jamia Masjid for Friday prayers take full care of the standard COVID-19 SOPs, preventing the people from performing their religious duty is a clear interference in religion which is extremely unfortunate and condemnable .

Meanwhile, the Anjuman has expressed deep sorrow over the sad demise of Moulana 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 Punjab.

The Anjuman on behalf of the organisation and its incarcerated Chairman Mirwaiz Dr Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq expressed condolence and solidarity with the bereaved family members of the deceased scholar. It also paid glowing tributes to Moulana Habeeb ur Rehman for his long and continuous selfless religious and reeformative services in Punjab.

Moulana’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.

The Anjuman said that the Mirwaizeen of Jammu and Kashmir especially Hazrat Mufasir-e-Quran Muhajir-e-Millat Mirwaiz Moulana Yousuf Sahib, Hazrat Shaheed-e-Millat Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq Sahib, and the present Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Dr. Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq had religious and mutual relations with not only the late Moulana Habeeb-ur-Rehman Sahib but also with the elders of his proud family.

The Anjuman conveyed heartfelt condolences, sympathy and solidarity with the bereaved family and the people of Punjab, especially with Moulana Usman Ludhianvi, the brother of the late Moulana. kno

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