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Jamia Auqaf condemns ‘attempt to desecrate’ Jamia Masjid

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Srinagar: Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid on Saturday strongly condemned the incident that took place in Jama Masjid on Friday late in the afternoon after the namazis had left.
“A group of masked boys entered the mosque and rushed to the pulpit when one among them stood atop the pulpit with his shoes on, screaming slogans and creating ruckus,” a statement issued from Auqaf said.
In the meantime, his associates videotaped it and the video has been put on social media, he said, adding that this clearly indicates that this incident was deliberate and planned. “It has naturally led to shock outrage and deep resentment among people and deeply hurt their sentiments associated with the mosque,” he said.
“The attempt to desecrate Jama Masjid by this lumpen group of hooligans whose identity is not known as yet as they hide it behind masks, nor the identity of those is known on whose behest they are indulging in these shameful acts, is strongly condemnable,” Auqaf Jama Masjid said.
The statement issued here said it shows utter disregard of this group of miscreants for Islamic institutions, values and Islamic teachings. “Such elements not only malign the name of Islam but also abuse it,” he said.
Anjuman has taken strong note of this shameful incident and warns those elements or agencies behind this incident that people and Auqaf will not tolerate or allow anyone to violate the sanctity of the mosque and the pulpit at any cost.
“Jama Masjid is the spiritual religious and political centre of the people of Kashmir and representative of our collective cultural heritage and any attempt to harm it will be dealt with firmly,” the statement said.

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