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Mirwaiz prohibited from offering Friday prayers and delivering sermon at Jamia, says Anjuman Auqaf Mirwaiz Umar Farooq
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Mirwaiz prohibited from offering Friday prayers and delivering sermon at Jamia, says Anjuman Auqaf

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 01 Mar 2024, 05:55 pm

The Srinagar Jama Masjid managing committee accused the Jammu and Kashmir administration of prohibiting Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from offering mandatory on Friday prayers and delivering his sermons.

In a statement, Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid said that authorities on Thursday informed them that Mirwaiz would be allowed to come to Jamia for the Friday prayers and sermon, but today morning they “reneged on their promise” and again put him under house detention.

“Mirwaiz is being unjustly prevented from carrying out his religious duties at the Jama Masjid, a place of significant spiritual importance to the Muslims. This restriction not only impedes his fundamental rights but also the rights of the community members who benefit from his teachings,” the statement said.

Anjuman said that despite repeated appeals to authorities for his release from all quarters, it is falling on deaf ears.

Mirwaiz has already moved to the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, challenging his “detention.” The High Court has granted the Union Territory’s administration the final opportunity to submit a reply to a habeas corpus petition filed by Mirwaiz.

The Anjuman said that they place their hopes in the judicial system.

“We place our hopes in the judicial system to uphold justice, ensuring the restoration of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq's religious and civil rights, as the matter is scheduled for hearing in court on March 6th,” the statement said.

Anjuman has urged the court to recognize the gravity of this matter and allow Mirwaiz to visit the mosque on Fridays, ensuring that the government ceases its interference in religious practices.

“The freedom to practice religion freely without hindrance is a fundamental right, and we request the courts for its restoration to Mirwaiz,” the statement said.

(With UNI inputs)

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