Anjuman Auqaf expresses resentment over disallowing of Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid yet again

Srinagar, Nov 5 : Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar has expressed strong resentment over decision by authorities and police to once again disallow Friday prayers at the historic Jama Masjid Srinagar.

In a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS), a spokesperson said that it has vehemently condemned the police action.

“The Anjuman and the Muslims of Kashmir are unable to understand that on the one hand all the places of worship, mosques, shrines, Imam Baras and Khanqahs in Jammu and Kashmir have been officially opened for Friday prayers, but only Jama Masjid Srinagar continues to be selectively banned and restricted from holding Friday prayers, which is extremely unfortunate and incomprehensible.

“This behaviour 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.

The statement reads that due to the continuous closure of the grand mosque, there is hurt and anger among the people from all walks of life including men, women and elderly 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. (KNS)

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