Geelani Seeks Jinaza Prayer For Osama5 May 2011
Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani Thursday appealed people to offer funeral prayers in absentia for slain Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden after Friday prayers tomorrow. In a statement issued here, Geelani said, “Muslims across the globe are like brothers to each other and are bound to pray for the Maghfirat (remission) of a deceased Muslim.” He appealed Islamic scholars and clerics in Kashmir to organize funeral prayers in absentia for ‘martyr’ Osama Bin Laden after Friday prayers tomorrow. “It's a religious obligation, fulfilling which is fard- kifaya (collective duty),' he said. Geelani also appealed people to offer collective prayers for “the liberation of Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan and other occupied Muslim nations under foreign occupation.” “Osama’s heart felt the pain of Muslims and he gave up a life of wealth and prosperity for oppressed and subjugated Muslims. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to fulfill the responsibility which has fallen on our shoulders after his (Osama’s) martyrdom,” he said. Hurriyat (G) chairman said Osama’s name doesn’t represent an individual. “It represents an ideology against foreign occupation. Western powers need to understand that the miseries and sufferings inflicted upon the people of Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq and Afghanistan by foreign occupations are bound to spring up resistance in some form or shape,” he said. Meanwhile, Hurriyat (G) spokesman said Geelani was placed under house arrest this morning. “He was placed under house arrest around 7 in the morning,” he said adding Geelani is scheduled to address people at Batamaloo tomorrow and offer Osama’s absentia funeral prayers after Friday prayers in the area.