Appalled by the administration expanding the scope of alcohol with new licenses
Srinagar: A meeting of Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) Jammu and Kashmir was held at Central Jama Masjid Srinagar headquarters under the chairmanship of prominent religious scholar Moulana Rehmatullah Mir Al Qasimi, Nazim Darul Uloom Raheemiya Bandipora to discuss pressing matters of concern.
MMU boss and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was unable to attend the meeting due to his continued house arrest for the past two and a half years.
According to the MMU statement, the meeting brought together the heads and representatives of religious, educational and milli organizations and associations which include Khurshid Ahmad Qanungo, Pirzada Moulvi Muhammad Sultan of Anjuman Tabligh-ul-Islam, Moulana Siraj-ud-Din of Jamiat -e-Hamdaniya, Khawaja Ghulam Hassan Safapuri of Kaarvaan Islamic International, Moulana Syed Waris Shah Bukhari, President of Markazi Raabta Aima Masaajid Jammu and Kashmir, renowned scholar Moulana Prof. Syed Muhammad Tayyab Kamli, Imam Hai Moulana Syed Ahmad Naqshbandi Khateeb and Imam Jama Masjid Srinagar, Moulvi Altaf Hussain Shah, Peer Rehmatullah of Bazm-e-Tawheed Ahle Hadeeth, Mufti Ghulam Rasool Samoon of Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar, Moulana Nasrullah, Moulana Altaf Hussain and MMU Secretary MS Rehman Shams. These personalities also expressed their views during the meeting.
In light of the agreed agenda, the speakers of the meeting discussed the serious problem of drug epidemic in the Kashmir valley, growing trend of suicides, domestic violence, intolerance among children and young people and the recent shameful acid attack on a girl in Srinagar. , all of which require attention
With regard to the threat of drugs, the members of the meeting expressed their surprise and anguish that on the one hand, the authorities in power express great concern at this serious problem and demand the control of the use of drugs in Jammu and Kashmir, but on the other hand, they issue and renew licenses to vendors for the sale and availability of “Um-ul-Khabaaith (mother of all evils)” – liquor and alcohol.
Such measures are deeply resented by the Kashmiri society which will not accept them. The meeting called on the authorities to immediately reverse this decision and stop issuing liquor licenses in the valley.
The meeting placed heavy emphasis on a statewide campaign under the auspices of Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema for comprehensive reform and betterment of Kashmiri society. It was said that the Majlis meeting should be convened every month diligently so that the campaign for the betterment of society can be accelerated by reviewing the situation on the ground.
Reacting to the continued lockdown of the Central Jama Masjid Srinagar and ban on peaceful religious, da’wah and social activities from Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir, the speakers said that today, as the Dargah Hazratbal, Khanqah- e-Mu’ala, Astaan Aalia Chraar Sharif, Central Imambara Budgam and all other places were opened for worship in view of the Me’raj-un-Nabi (SAW); the Jama Masjid Srinagar should also be reopened and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq released
It should be noted that the Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema includes the following organizations: Majlis Ulema Anjuman Auqaf Jama Masjid Srinagar, Darul Uloom Raheemiyah Bandipora, Darul Uloom Sopore, Mufti Azam’s Muslim Personal Law Board, Anjuman Shariah Shiaan, Darul Uloom Qasmia, Darul Uloom Bilalia, Anjuman Nusrat-ul-Islam, Anjuman Mazharul Haq, Jamiat Aima Wa Ulema, Anjuman Imams Wa Mashaaikh Kashmir, Darul Uloom Naqshbandiyya, Darul Uloom Rasheediya, Ahlul Bayt Foundation, Anjuman-Tanzeem-ul-Makatib, Muhammadi Trust, Anjuman Anwar -ul-Islam, Karwaan-e-Khatam-Nabuvat and other contemporary religious, milli, social and educational associations and their leaders and representatives.