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MMU concerned over govt order to ‘profile’ Masjid committees, clerics

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‘Move has deeply hurt religious sentiments of people’

Srinagar: Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema, the conglomerate of clerics and scholars and headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Tuesday expressed concern over police orders asking for profiling of Masjid committee members and Imams.
In a joint statement issued by at least 40 top clerics and heads from various schools of thought including head of MMU, Mirwaiz Umar, Grand Mufti of Kashmir, Mufti Nasirul Islam, Moulana Rehmatullah Mir Qasimi, Moulana Ghulam Rasool Hami, Dr Abdul Lateef Al-Qandi, Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari and Aga Syed Hassan Al-Mousivi Al Safavi among others on Tuesday, the MMU said such orders “create suspicion, which only further vitiates the situation on ground”.
The statement said that “all mosques belonging to all sects across the valley are sacred to the people and evoke strong emotions as it is here that Muslims bow their heads before the Almighty five times a day”.
It said that the mosques were “not only places of worship but also basic learning centres imparting knowledge of Islam and preaching principles of humanity”.
Saying the mosques across Kashmir were centres for spreading the message of communal harmony, tolerance and social awakening, the MMU warned that “any move of profiling masjids will deeply hurt the religious sentiments of people and would evoke a strong response from them”.
MMU said that it will “observe the situation closely and a meeting would be called to discuss the issue”.

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