Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid expressed strong resentment over the decision by Jammu and Kashmir authorities to once again disallow Friday prayers at the valley’s largest place of worship—the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar.
The group, which carries out the maintenance of the Mosque in Nowhatta, vehemently condemned the police action in a statement issued on Friday.
The statement noted: “Anjuman and the Muslims of Kashmir are unable to understand that on the one hand, all the places of worship, mosques in Jammu and Kashmir have been officially opened for Friday prayers, but only Jamia Masjid Srinagar continues to be selectively banned and restricted from holding Friday prayers, which is extremely unfortunate and incomprehensible.”
“This behavior of the rulers is tantamount to sheer interference in religion and hurting the religious sentiments and feelings of Muslims, which is unacceptable,” the Anjuman said.
Due to the continuous closure of the grand mosque, there is hurt and anger among people from all walks of life including men, women, and elderly people who want to come to the Jama Masjid to perform important duties such as Friday prayers.
They see this attitude of the rulers as utterly offensive and vindictive, the Anjuman said.