February 2017 News

Religious Leaders Respond With Fury To Idea Of 'controling Mosques'

27 February 2017
Kashmir Reader
Junaid Nabi Bazaz

Srinagar: In response to the report published in The Indian Express that the Ministry of Home Affairs has recommended control of mosques in Kashmir, religious leaders in Kashmir said they would not allow control of their religious institutions 'at any cost'. Advocate Zahid Ali, spokesman of the largest religious politico-social organisation of Kashmir, the Jamiat-e-Islami, told Kashmir Reader that it is 'impossible' for the Indian state to control mosques in Kashmir and any such attempt will be 'opposed tooth and nail'. 'Who are they (Indian authorities)? Our mosques will be run by their constitution, the holy Quran, and will be guided by our role model, Hazrat Muhammad (Peace be upon him). These attempts (of control) are futile because all such attempts in the past have been defeated,' Ali said. Ghulam Rasool Hami, president of Al Sunnat-wal-Jamaat, a conglomerate of 40 different Sufi organisations, said that 'the move, if attempted any time, would be defeated like other such moves have been across the world.' 'It is interference in our religion and is intolerable. Though this is just a newspaper report, but we have taken it seriously,' he said. In the 2016 uprising, the state government had identified about 9,000 mosques that it believed were active in sustaining the anti-India uprising. The state government's report, accessed by Kashmir Reader, said that 156 of these mosques regularly played songs extolling resistance and provided space to protesters who shouted 'anti-national slogans'. The report said that 19 FIRs had been registered against these mosques, while 17 local mosque commit