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Jama Masjid management flays keeping mosque closed for Friday prayers

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Srinagar: Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid, the body that looks after the historic Srinagar mosque, on Friday protested against the decision of the Jammu and Kashmir administration to disallow the weekly congregational prayers there.

The Anjuman said the authorities were stopping Muslims from performing important religious duty of offering Friday prayers at the largest place of worship in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Once again today men, women, and elderly people who came from various parts of the Valley were deprived from offering Friday prayers at the Jama Masjid Srinagar,” the Anjuman said in a statement.

It claimed that the mosque was shut down for the weekly Friday prayers for the 43rd time this year.

“It is the 17th consecutive Friday since ‘Juma’ (Friday) prayers have not been allowed in the Jama Masjid Srinagar while Muslims have not been allowed to offer congregational Friday prayers.

“The pulpit and mihraab of the grand mosque are silent,” the Anjuman added.

“We and the people of Jammu and Kashmir are unable to understand that on one hand, all the places of worship of the followers of different religions have been opened for the performance of their religious rites, while on the other hand, the Jama Masjid Srinagar is being kept shut, which is extremely regrettable and reprehensible,” the body added.

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