Friday prayers offered in Jamia Masjid after 2 weeks

Srinagar, Apr 20: People were allowed to offer Friday prayers in historic Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar after remaining locked for two successive Fridays in view of curfew-like restrictions imposed on April 6 and April 13 to prevent any law and order problem.
Friday prayers during the last two weeks were not allowed following curfew-like restrictions imposed in downtown and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) following killing of civilians in security forces action.
Meanwhile, special players were held at various mosques on the occasion of Friday following Shab-i-Meraj, which was celebrated across the valley last week.
Despite incessant rains, hundreds of people, including women, joined the Friday prayers in the Jamia Masjid, where moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq addressed the congregation after two weeks.
Friday prayers were also offered across the Kashmir valley, including at the shrine of at the shrine of Gousal-ul-Azam Peer Dastigeer Sahib at Khanyar and shrine of Hazrat Makhdoom Sahib on the hill of Kohi-e-Maran in downtown Srinagar.
In view of Friday following, the main congregation was held at Hazratbal shrine, which houses the Holy Relic of Prophet Muhammad, on the bank of famed Dal Lake. Thousands of people, including women and children, joined the night-long prayers. The devotees had “Deedar” (glimpse) of Holy Relic after “Fajr”(morning) prayers. The devotees will have the glimpse of the Holy Relic after every prayers during the day.