(MENAFN- Kashmir Observer)
Srinagar- Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) Jammu and Kashmir – the representative body of religio- social and educational organisations Saturday held a meeting at Jama Masjid Srinagar in the wake of what it termed as unfortunate attempts being made to undermine the Muslim identity of Kashmir by asking Muslim students in schools and educational institutions to sing Hindu religious songs and do Surya Namaskar (Sun worshipping).
These diktats hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims and create anguish in them, MMU said in a statement, adding that it wants to make clear certain points in this regard in a resolution adopted unanimously which reads as follows:
The Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) Jammu and Kashmir expresses deep and serious concern over attempts being made to weaken the Muslim identity of this 'Valley of Saints' and strongly regrets activities being implemented through schools and educational institutions aimed at furthering the Hindutva agenda in Kashmir.
This meeting expresses serious resentment against imposing acts in the name of yoga and morning prayers in educational institutions wherein Muslim students are made to chant Bhajans and at times asked to perform Surya Namaskar. This is against the fundamentals of our religious practices.
The meeting notifies the Government, Education Department and concerned agencies that such activities will not be tolerated by the Muslims in Kashmir as it is a direct challenge to their religious and Islamic beliefs.
As such MMU appeals to the Government and concerned authorities to immediately withdraw its orders and stop these practices in schools and educational institutions, which deeply hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims and cause them grief .
This meeting urges the parents that if their children are forced to participate in un Islamic activities in government schools, they should withdraw their children from these schools and enroll them in private schools. This meeting urges Muslim teachers to avoid promoting such un-Islamic activities and give preference to their faith and Imaan.
MMU expresses satisfaction that Friday prayers and Five daily prayers are now being allowed by the authorities at central Jama Masjid Srinagar and people are not being stopped from assembling at the mosque as such it appeals to authorities to now release its Patron and Mirwaiz Kashmir Molvi Umar Farooq and end his illegal house arrest since Auf 2019 , in wake of the coming holy month of Rabiul Awwal so that the Mirwaiz can pursue his religious obligations and duties.
This meeting also raises its voice in strong protest against tarnishing the reputation of Islamic centres and Muslim institutions in Jammu and Kashmir by arbitrary arrests of Islamic scholars, preachers and imams and booking them under PSA and sending them to outside Jails. It condemns this act and calls for their immediate release.
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