In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman-e-Auqaf of Srinagar Jamia Masjid has expressed concern over the continued illegal house detention of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq since August 2019 by the authorities.
The Anjuman-e-Auqaf in a statement issued in Srinagar deplored that the authorities had deprived the people of Kashmir of sermons (waz-o-Tableegh) of the Mirwaiz from the pulpit of the historic and central Jamia Masjid for the past 100 Fridays now.
It said, this authoritarian move to forcibly keep the Mirwaiz away from the pulpit of the Jamia Masjid, causes great distress and pain to tens of thousands of Muslims who throng the mosque on Fridays to listen to the sermon rendered in the centuries-old unique style of his predecessors, and deeply hurts the religious sentiments of all Muslims of Kashmir.
This attempt by the authorities to keep the Mirwaiz away from Jamia Masjid and from the people of Kashmir, who have deep religious affiliations with the institution of the Mirwaiz and with him, is not only extremely regrettable but reprehensible, the Anjuman said.
It asked the authorities to release the Mirwaiz from arbitrary house detention and put an end to hurting the religious sentiments of the Muslims of Kashmir and interfering in their religious practices.—KMS