MMU holds meet to discuss several issues

Expresses concern over Saudi Arabia’s ban on Tablighi Jamaat, Calls for reopening of Jama Masjid, release of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Expresses concern over Saudi Arabia’s ban on Tablighi Jamaat, Calls for reopening of Jama Masjid, release of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

Srinagar, Dec 14 (KNS): Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema Jammu and Kashmir has said that a meeting was held at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal, Srinagar, after authorities disallowed it at the Anjuman Auqaf headquarters at Jama Masjid Srinagar on Tuesday to discuss several issues. 

As per a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS), the meeting was presided over by the leading Islamic scholar of J&K Mufti Nazir Ahmad Qasmi, as MMU president Mirwaiz Umar Farooq continues to be under house detention since August 5, 2019.

The statement reads that the meeting was attended by the leaders and representatives of the religious, and social organizations besides well-known NGOs which include Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar, Darul Uloom Raheemiyah Bandipora, Muslim Personal Law Board of Grand Mufti of J&K, Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman Sharia Shiaan, Jamiat Ahle Hadeeth Jammu and Kashmir, Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen Jammu and Kashmir, Anjuman Himaayat-ul-Islam, Dar-ul-Uloom Bilaliya Srinagar, Darul Uloom Sabeel-ul-Huda, Anjuman Ulema Ahnaaf, Bazm-e-Tawheed Ahle Hadeeth Auqaf Trust, Jammu Kashmir Civil Society Forum, J&K Help Foundation, Karwaan Khatam-e-Naboowat Trust, Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat Jammu and Kashmir, Markazi Raabta Aima Masaajid Jammu and Kashmir, Anjuman Nusrat-ul-Islam Srinagar, Anjuman Mazhar-ul-Haq, Dr. Sameer Siddiqui Sajjada Nasheen Khanqah Siddiqiyah Aishmuqam and several other representatives of many other religious, and social organisations of Jammu and Kashmir who expressed their opinions and offered various suggestions.

It reads that on the occasion, it was proposed to form a sub-committee under the auspices of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema to address some key issues being faced by Kashmiri society. "The sub-committee will consider all the points of the proposed resolution that was adopted in the meeting , as well as stay in contact with the concerned for their implementation. As per the resolution presented at the meeting, serious concern was expressed over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ban on a purely religious and da'wah organization Tablighi Jamaat and the government of Saudi Arabia was called upon to reconsider its decision."

The MMU during the meeting expressed concern and resentment over the blasphemous content published by a Delhi-based publisher ‘Jay Cee Publications’ for the pictorial representation of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) and the Archangel Jibrael (PBUH) in the History and Civics books of Class 7th.

MMU said that from time-to-time conspiracies have been hatched against Islam, the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) and the Holy Qur'an, however, from time to time, Islamic scholars and the Muslims have registered their strong protest against it. 

Appealing to scholars, imams, preachers and socio religious organizations of all schools of thought, MMU members in the meeting emphasized that the urgent need of the hour is to focus on the fundamental teachings and principles of Islam during their sermons and discourses, for the sake of greater unity among the Muslims. 

The meeting expressed concern and sorrow over the recent scandal of sale and purchase of Covid orphans by some unscrupulous people and strongly condemned it by calling it as extremely shameful and inhuman. 

The MMU also requested the responsible persons of the reputed orphanages in Jammu and Kashmir to take all possible steps for the bright future of the orphans in their respective institutions in view of the seriousness and sensitivity of the issue. 

The MMU has also requested that from time to time, a team of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema will visit the registered orphanages of Jammu and Kashmir, and will give its inputs and suggestions for the better future of the children there.

The important meeting underscored that the financial condition of the imams of mosques and madrassas and muezzins is dire, which needs immediate attention. "Besides, serious effort is needed to create an understanding among people, and an environment in society that supports talented young people who are proficient in reciting and understanding the Holy Quran and concerned of their social environment, to become imams."

It said that to encourage talented young people to take up this noble profession, it has to be economically attractive for them also so they can support themselves and their families. "So, a mechanism has to be put in place to ensure that the salaries of the imams are decent and attractive to them."

The participants in the meeting protested against the closure of historic Jama Masjid Srinagar by the authorities for Friday prayers since August 6, 2021. 

The meeting expressed strong resentment over the continuous incarceration of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema chief and J&K’s topmost religious leader Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Dr Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq who continues to be under house arrest since August 05, 2019.

MMU asked the authorities to allow prayers at Jama Masjid on Fridays and ensure immediate release of Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir. (KNS)

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