Historic Jamia Mosque reverberated post abrogation Article 370

‘First Friday prayer held after 138 days of Jamia siege’

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Gowhar Nazir

Srinagar, Dec 20: The prayers were resumed back after a siege of over 138 days of closure of historic grand mosque (Jamia Masjid, Srinagar) giving a sense of happiness to the worshippers.

The prayers were held at historic Grand Mosque  (Jamia Masjid) , Srinagar were held today for the first time in over four months since the government scrapped Article 370 under the Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the erstwhile state in two Union Territories (UT’s) Jammu—Kashmir and Ladakh).

Emotional scenes were witnessed during the congregational prayers whereas kids were seen playing in the courtyard of the mosque.

Nearly about 1,300 people from nearby areas offered Friday prayers at the mosque. Officials said people from outside the area where the mosque is located were not allowed to enter due for security reasons.

However the police officials said they had made arrangements with help from volunteers to ensure that the prayers went smoothly at the historic fourteenth century mosque.

Mohammad Aslam Dar, a worshipper said, “I don’t have words to express my happiness on the re-opening of this mosque post abrogation of Article 370 and the conduct of Friday prayers is what we were thinking about.”

He said that we were left deserted by the closure of mosque and barring of payers from the last 138 days. He further added, “We are rejoicing the moment now with the hope of restoration of normalcy in the region which has faced hard times post abrogation of special status.”

An Auqaf official wishing anonymity said, “Due to the closure of the mosque during the past four months the interiors of this mosque is damaged.”

He said that by the opening of the mosque we have undertaken the responsibility of rectifying all the damages that have been caused due to the prolonged closure of the mosque. He further added that, “Every time I saw the mosque from outside I felt something missing inside me and I felt spiritually down during the suspension of prayers here.” Kashmir Glacier

 

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