As Kashmir authorities did not yet again allow Friday prayers at major mosques, including the Jamia Masjid, citing Covid-19 pandemic, the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Anjuman Auqaf castigated the administration, calling it a interference in the religious practices of the people
The Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar 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).
The religious group led by Mirwaiz whi remains under house detention said the ban 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 in a statement 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 .