Women must have mosque access, says Mirwaiz
Women must have mosque access, says Mirwaiz

Today, September 22, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq will give the Friday address at the famous Jamia Masjid in the Nowhatta neighbourhood of Srinagar for the first time in four years.

According to the news service GNS, which got its information from official sources, the decision was made by the government after it talked with different law enforcement agencies.


Mirwaiz was put under house arrest when the Centre cancelled Article 370 on August 4, 2019.

Reports, which cited mosque officials, said that Mirwaiz will attend Friday prayers after being locked up in his home for four years.

Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid said that top police officers went to Mirwaiz’s home yesterday to tell him that he will no longer be held in house arrest and can go to Jamia Masjid for Friday prayers today.

“The authorities have told us that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq will be able to lead Friday prayers at the historic Jama Masjid today, so we’ve been told to get ready,” they said, as carried by the news service KNS.

Awami Action Committee and Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid had been asking the government to let Umar Farooq out of house arrest and let him do his regular religious chores.

On September 15, the Jammu and Kashmir high court asked the government to respond to Mirwaiz’s request about why he has been in jail since August 2019.

Recently, two well-known religious leaders, Abdul Rashid Dawoodi and Mushtaq Ahmad Veeri, were let out of jail. Politicians, people in civil society, and the general public have all praised the move.



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