SRINAGAR: The J&K administration barred Friday namaz at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid and confined Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to his residence amid speculation that the authorities were trying to pre-empt a post-prayer protest against Israel’s crackdown on Hamas in Palestine.
Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid, which manages Kashmir‘s largest mosque, issued a statement expressing “surprise and deep regret” at the administration’s action. It said security officials forced shut all doors to the shrine in the morning and announced without explanation that no congregation would be allowed for the day.
The mosque committee also claimed that the Mirwaiz had been put under house arrest, weeks after being released from four years of detention in his Srinagar home. Till late Friday, there was no official word on whether the separatist leader had been detained again or only stopped from stepping out for prayers.
The Mirwaiz, 14th in a line of Kashmir’s most influential Islamic clerics, had been allowed to offer namaz at the Jamia Masjid in front of a large gathering of followers on September 22.
Friday’s action coincided with the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan again including the Mirwaiz in its list of “500 most influential Muslim personalities” for 2024.
“He has been advocating dialogue with both India and Pakistan so that the aspirations of the Kashmiri people may be realised,” states the organisation, which calls itself an independent research entity affiliated to the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought headquartered in the Jordanian capital of Amman.

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