Imam Hai delivers sermon, prayers culminate peacefully
By: Mubashir Aalam Wani
Srinagar: After almost 30 weeks, the historic Jamia Masjid was thrown open for devotees on the occasion of Friday following Meraj-e-Alam, Anjumane Auqaf Jamia Masjid said.
The Friday sermon was given by Imam Hai Syed Ahmed Naqshbandi as Mirwaiz Umar Farooq continued to remain under house detention. The grand masjid reverberated with prayers first time after 30 weeks.
Anjuman Auqaf said that Friday prayers were held at the Jamia Masjid after a gap of 30 weeks and all arrangements were made in advance. “People in large numbers came to the masjid and there was a huge gathering today on the eve of Meraj-e-alam,” a member of Ajumane Auqaf said.
Ghulam Qadir Rather, a devotee said that it is after a long gap that he came to the grand masjid to offer Friday prayers. “Over these years, closure of central masjid hurt our religious sentiments badly,” he said, adding that unfortunately he couldn’t see Kashmir’s head priest Mirwiaz Umar Farooq on the pulpit of Jamia Masjid today.
Mirwaiz has been under house detention since August 5, 2019, when Centre announced abrogation of Article 370.
Meanwhile, emotional scenes were witnessed at the masjid as large number of men, women and children were seen kissing the pillars of the masjid. “This is the place where our prayers get heard,” an elderly woman said amid tears. Hundreds of people converged at the grand masjid first time after 30 weeks and the Friday prayers calumniated peacefully. (KNO)