In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, has condemned the continued house detention of its chief and senior APHC leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
The Anjuman in a statement said that once again, today, the Mirwaiz was not allowed to leave his residence for delivering the Friday sermon to the faithful at the historic mosque. It said that like the previous several Fridays, additional Indian police and paramilitary personnel were deployed outside the Nigeen residence of the Mirwaiz.
The statement said since 5 August 2019, the Mirwaiz has not been allowed to deliver any Friday sermon at the Jamia Masjid and a large number of Muslims from across the territory who come to the grand mosque to offer Friday prayers and benefit from Mirwaiz’s sermons and guidance have been deprived of it due to his continued house arrest.
The Anjuman said after the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha’s statement that the Mirwaiz is a free man it had hoped that he would be released but that has not happened so far. It is now hoped that as the holy month of Rabi-ul-Awwal, the blessed month of the birth of the Messenger of Allah Prophet Muhammad (SAW), is approaching, the Mirwaiz will be released so that he can disseminate the universal message of humanity, brotherhood and tolerance of the Holy Prophet (SAW), as before, it added.
The Anjuman also said the Jamia Masjid has been closed for prayers for 14 Fridays by the authorities, this year so far.—KMS