New Delhi: The Jama Masjid of Srinagar was re-opened for prayers on Wednesday for the first time since the abrogation of Article 370 in August this year, stated a report. Sources claimed that Friday prayers will be allowed at Srinagar’s main mosque this week.
“I was sitting at home when I heard the azan (call for prayer) coming from the Jamia Masjid. I couldn’t believe my ears and came running to offer prayers here for the first time in four-and-a-half months,” 55-year-old Mohamad Iqbal was quoted by news agency AFP as saying. Notably, all the fours gates of Srinagar’s Jama Masjid were locked on August 5 as part of Narendra Modi-led BJP government’s security lockdown in India. This measure was imposed on the day when Jammu and Kashmir was stripped of its semi-autonomous status by the revocation of Article 370. Besides the loss of special status, J&k was bifurcated into two union territories.
Meanwhile on Wednesday, as many as 70 worshippers, led by Sunni Hanafi Islamic scholar Mufti Ghulam Rasool, attended the afternoon prayers inside Srinagar’s main mosque, stated a report. The mosque has the capacity to accommodate 30,000 people.