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Congregational Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid disallowed yet again by authorities

A woman standing outside historic Jamia Masjid on Friday.

SRINAGAR: The authorities yet again disallowed congregational Friday prayers at historic Jamia Masjid, Srinagar.

In a statement, Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid said that the state authorities did not allow congregational Friday prayers to be held at Jama Masjid Srinagar today.

“Heavy deployment of forces was carried out since early morning in the entire area. When the Auqaf employees opened up the gates of the mosque police personnel forced them to close all the gates and no namazis were allowed inside the mosque for offering the obligatory Friday prayers,” the statement reads.

Anjuman said that the earlier pretext of the Covid pandemic by the authorities to prevent Muslims from offering Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid stands completely exposed today.

“It is extremely unfortunate and disdainful of the authorities to disallow Muslims of the valley from praying at the Central mosque by use of brute force and cause them to hurt and grief. Muslims of the valley denounce this injustice and interference in religious freedom in the strongest terms,” it reads. (KNS)


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