Huge Congregations Mark Jumat-ul-Vida, Anti-Zionist Demos On Quds26 August 2011
Srinagar: Large congregational prayers marked Jumat-ul-Vida, the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, in Kashmir valley and Jammu. The day was also observed as Yaum-e-Quds and Yaum-e-Kashmir in response to the call by Hurriyat Conference. In Srinagar- the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir- the biggest congregation was held at the historic grand Jamia Masjid in the heart of the old city. Many thousand people including a large number of women joined the prayers. Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, addressed the gathering. Second biggest congregation was held at Asar-e-Sharif, Dargah Hazratbal in outskirts of Srinagar where thousands of people offered the prayers. Congregational prayers were also held at Jamiat-e-Ahl-e-hadith, Gawkadal, Asar-e-Sharif, Janab Sahib, Soura, Asar-e-Sharif, Shehri Kalashpora, Ziarat Dastgeer Sahib, Khanyar, Ziarat Dastgeer Sahib, Sarai Bala, Ziarat-e-Makhdoom Sahib, Khanqah-e-Mualla, and several other mosques and shrines in Srinagar. Soon after the Friday prayers, the anti-Zionist demonstrations were held at several places in Srinagar to protest the continued occupation of Masjid-e-Aqsa. The protests were shouting anti-US and anti-Israeli and were demanding vacation of the Qibla-e-Awwal Masjid al-Quds by the Zionists, freedom of Palestine and in support of the on-going struggle in Kashmir. In central Kashmir’s Budgam district, mass rallies were taken in Ompora, Nagam Chadoora, Main Chowk Budgam, Hyderpora and Khasahib soon after the congregational Friday prayers. Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Mohammad Yaseen Malik addressed a gathering in Char-e-Sherief in the district. South Kashmir Thousands of people offered the prayers at Jamia Masjid Ahl-e-Hadith in Islamabad town. Large congregations were witnessed also at Jamia Masjid Reshi Bazaar, Sheikh-ul-Alam Masjid, Masjid Shareef, KMD adda, Masjid Noor, KP Road, Masjid-e-Baitul Mukarram. Thousands of people also offered congregational prayers in Pulwama, Kakapora, Tral, Bijbhera, Nayana, Lasibal, Sernal, Qazigund, Kokernag, Ka’aba Marg, Asar-e-Sharif Pinjora, and other parts of southern Kashmir region. North Kashmir In north Kashmir’s, large congregations were offered in all the three districts including Baramulla, Bandipora and frontier Kupwara district. In Baramulla, large congregations were held in Astan-e-Aliya Khwaja Sahab, Astan-e-Aliya Janbaaz Wali (RA) and Masjid Baitul Mukarram. In the Sopore town, the largest congregations were held at Jamia Masjid, Khanqah-e-Mualla and Tujjar Shrief. In Kupwara district, reports said, largest congregation was held in Main town where thousands of people offered the Friday prayers. The other gathering where witnessed in Bohama, Trehgam, Ragipora, Rawatpora, Lalpora Lolab and other mosques. In Bandipora, congregation prayers were held in all the mosques with largest ones witnessed in Jamia Masjid in Main town and Ajas. Reports of mass prayers were also received from Ganderbal district with thousands of people offering the prayers in Main Jamia Masjid in Duderhama and Jamia Masjid Kangan. Jammu Reports of massive Friday congregations on Jumat-ul-Vida were also received from various parts of the Jammu winter capital including Talab Khatikan and Ustad Muhalla. Congregational prayers were also held in Doda, Bhadarwah, Kishtwar, Poonch, Rajouri, Banihal and several other places in the Jammu region.