Mirwaiz may deliver Friday sermon

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) For the first time after the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, there is a possibility that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq may be allowed to deliver the Friday sermon at the historic Jamia mosque in old Srinagar.

An indication to this effect came on Thursday after Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid, which runs the affairs of the mosque, said that it was hopeful that Mirwaiz will be allowed to come to the mosque.

“The Anjuman is hopeful that its President and Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Molvi Mohammad Umar Farooq, who has been under house incarceration since August 5, 2019, will be allowed by the authorities to come to Jama Masjid tomorrow for Friday prayers and Majlis-e- waz-o Tableeg (sermon),” a statement said.

“For the last three years, the pulpit of Jama Masjid has fallen silent due to Mirwaiz sahab’s house arrest. Despite repeated appeals from all sections for his release, he has forcibly detained at home, causing grief to people,” it added.

Anjumam said all preparations have been made for the Friday sermon by Mirwaiz at Jamia Masjid. It claimed that people were eagerly awaiting his release and looking forward to seeing and hearing him.

A political storm erupted last week when Lt Governor Manoj Sinha claimed that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was not under house arrest.

Sinha’s claim evoked strong reaction from both the mainstream as well as separatist camps.

Mirwaiz Farooq was among the several separatist and mainstream leaders who were detained a day before the Centre ended the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 4, 2019.

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