In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid Srinagar has expressed deep concern over the continued illegal house arrest of its chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq for the last over three years and urged the authorities to release him forthwith.
An important meeting of the leading members and senior officials of Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar was held today. The meeting reviewed the arrangements for providing all possible facilities to the worshipers and pilgrims coming to the Jamia Masjid for Shab-e-Qadr and Jumma-tul-Vida.
During the meeting, the members expressed deep concern over the three-year-long illeg al and arbitrary detention of the Mirwaiz and urged the authorities to release him in view of the important and blessed occasions of Shab-e-Qadr and Jumma-tul-Vida so that he can fulfill his official responsibilities the Institution of Mirwaiz enjoins upon him.
It was stated in a statement that during these two great occasions, thousands of Muslims from all over the valley flock to the grand mosque not only for the night and Friday prayers but also for collective repentance and supplication before Allah Almighty. They also benefit from the advice and sermons of the Mirwaiz. But unfortunately, he continues to be under house arrest since 5 August 2018 while all his peaceful activities remain suspended since then.
The statement said that it was extremely regrettable and reprehensible that despite repeated appeals from leading clerics, ulema, Mashaikh, as well as religious, milli, political, social organisations and civil society, the ban on the Mirwaiz was not being lifted.
The Anjuman expressed hope that in view of Shab-e-Qadr, Jumma-tul-Vida and Eid-ul-Fitr, the detention of Mirwaiz will be lifted immediately and unconditionally so that he can discharge his official duties and other responsibilities in accordance with the centuries-old enlightened tradition of the Mirwaizeen-e-Kashmir.—KMS