Hurriyat-M chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today condemned the government for “repeatedly barring Muslims from offering obligatory Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid and other Masjids across the Valley by imposing restrictions.”
Addressing the Friday gathering before prayers at Jama Masjid Srinagar, Mirwaiz in a veiled reference to the government said that the “Muslim collaborators need to be reminded that in Islam Masjid is a place of collective worship ….
“It is a community centre for the Muslims where besides other things, the community comes together at prayer times and otherwise to discuss and deliberate the issues facing it and the Friday sermons reflect the issues and problems of the community and their redressal in the light of Quran, Sunnah and ethics.”
Mirwaiz said for the last 30 years in particular, “the gravest crisis being faced by the people of Kashmir is severe repression and suspension and abuse of all their rights including human, religious and political ones as a consequence of occupation and the unresolved Kashmir dispute for past 70 years.”
Mirwaiz said the authorities are “forcibly preventing the Muslim community from gathering to offer obligatory prayers at mosques, especially the central mosque on Fridays ,in order to stop them from expressing their opinion and outrage at the repression they are subject to.”
Mirwaiz said the Kashmir problem will not disappear by barring prayers at mosques and blocking all avenues of public expression of protest and outrage against repression, including in the mosques.
“Unless the genuine demand of resolution of Kashmir conflict is addressed, voice will always be raised for its resolution from the pulpits of mosques including the Jamia Masjid,” he said.