Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema seeks ban on bhajans across schools in Kashmir

Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema seeks ban on bhajans across schools in Kashmir

Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU), a collective of around 30 Islamic religious and educational organisations in Kashmir, on Saturday urged the government and education department to stop practices like “singing of bhajans and Surya Namaskars” in schools as it was hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims. The MMU, headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chief cleric of Jamia Masjid and Hurriyat chairman, expressed resentment against imposing acts in the name of “yoga and morning prayers” in educational institutions and alleged that Muslim students are made to chant bhajans and at times asked to…

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Waqf Board imposed ban on priests from collecting offerings in Kashmir shrines

Waqf Board imposed ban on priests from collecting offerings in Kashmir shrines

The Jammu and Kashmir Waqf Board has imposed a ban on priests from collecting offerings from people in major shrines and mosques managed by the board. Priests and ‘peers’ (faith healers) were not allowed to sit and collect offerings in some shrines of Kashmir on Thursday which they would otherwise do at designated spots like windows and doors of the shrines. “We have put the ban into action…It was the demand of people. There were grievances by people. The ban is being enforced in every shrine,” said chairperson of J&K…

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‘Line through our hearts’: Teetwal a Kashmir village post 75 years partition

'Line through our hearts': Teetwal a Kashmir village, 75 years after partition

By:  Fayaz Bukhari & Gibran Naiyyar Peshimam A roaring Himalayan river and one of the world’s most militarised borders separate the Khokhar family in Kashmir, a mountainous region divided between India and Pakistan – arch rivals that gained independence from Britain 75 years ago. Abdul Rashid Khokhar lives on the Indian side, in the village of Teetwal. Across the fast-flowing waters of the Neelum River, also known as the Kishanganga, his nephews – Javed Iqbal Khokhar and Muneer Hussain Khokhar – run small stores in the hamlet of Chilehana in…

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2022 Amarnath Yatra concludes, 300000 pilgrims took part

2022 Amarnath Yatra concludes, 300000 pilgrims took part

The Amarnath Yatra concluded on Thursday, with over 300,000 people taking part in the annual pilgrimage, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha said. The annual 43-day yatra commenced on June 30 from the twin base camps — traditional 48-km Nunwan-Pahalgam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag and 14-km shorter Baltal in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal. “It is the call of faith, an unflinching faith, that draws Lord Shiva’s devotees to the shrine every year. Deep inside, everyone knows that they may not return home yet they undertake the arduous trek, overcoming all…

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Three years after losing autonomy, hopelessness and fear grows across Kashmir Valley

Indian government revoked Kashmir’s constitutional autonomy on Aug. 5, 2019 Press freedom, basic rights have since been restricted in country’s sole Muslim-majority region Terrified to step out from his home in Srinagar, Sanjay Tickoo says he has not felt for decades as unsafe as he is now, three years after the Indian government stripped the Kashmir region of its limited autonomy, promising security and reform. A leader of the minority Hindu community known as Pandits, he remained in Kashmir Valley when most Hindus fled after an armed anti-India rebellion broke…

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Stray Dog Menses: Increasing population of canines is taking toll on people

Stray Dog Menses: Increasing population of canines is taking toll on people

With Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) failing to take measures to check stray dogs menace in the summer capital, increasing population of canines is taking toll on people. Residents of various areas have taken to social media to highlight the stray dog menace and failure of SMC to tackle the issue. Social media is full of videos where people are highlighting presence of overwhelming dog population in their respective localities. Netizens are urging authorities to address the issue as they are unable to venture out amid fear of dog attacks. In…

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Sectarian Division: Majlis-e-Ulema reprimands those stoking sectarianism in Kashmir

Sectarian Division: Majlis-e-Ulema reprimands those stoking sectarianism in Kashmir

An emergency and extraordinary meeting of several important and leading members of the Muttahida Majlis Ulema (MMU) headed by incarcerated Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was held on Sunday, presided over by one of its founding members and renowned religious scholar Moulana Muhammad Rehmatullah Mir Al Qasmi. Among the leading muftis and scholars who participated in the meeting were Mufti Abdul Rasheed Miftahi, Moulana Bashir Ahmad Al Qasimi, Mufti Nisar Ahmad Al Qasimi, Mufti Ijaz Ul Hassan Banday, Mufti Irshad Ahmad Qasmi, Mufti Ghulam Rasool Samoon, Moulana Fayaz Ahmed, Qari Muhammad Aslam…

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Amnesty International’s latest human rights report comes down heavily on the Indian government’s clampdown on civil liberties in Kashmir

Amnesty International’s latest human rights report comes down heavily on the Indian government’s clampdown on civil liberties in Kashmir

India has attracted strong criticism in Amnesty International’s latest human rights report, with the Narendra Modi government’s coercive handling of Kashmir getting highlighted. Amnesty International released the report, titled “The State of the World’s Human Rights 2020/2021” on April 7. It looks at the human rights situation in 149 countries. The global human rights watchdog has taken exception to the Indian government’s clampdown on civil liberties in Kashmir besides its iron-fisted handling of the anti-CAA protesters. The report also focussed on the ongoing farmers’ protests and last year’s Delhi riots.…

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Srinagar witnessing massive increase in road accidents

Srinagar witnessing massive increase in road accidents

Over-speeding coupled with violation of other traffic rules has led to massive increase in road accidents in the summer capital. In various accidents over the past few weeks, many people have lost lives and sustained serious injuries. On Saturday, a man was killed while his wife was critically injured in a road accident at Ahmad Nagar. There have been many cases where pedestrians become prey to speeding vehicles risking lives of pedestrians. In a similar accident Zahid Ahmad Bhat, a 24-year-old motorcyclist hit a 15-year-old pedestrian resulting in their death.…

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Kashmiri Pandits welcome first batch of hajj pilgrims at Srinagar Airport

In a moving show of fraternity and religious harmony, local Kashmiri Hindus welcomed pilgrims returning from Hajj — an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia — by doing aarti, singing an Islamic religious song, shaking hands, and giving them rose flowers. Sharing a short video clip purportedly from the Srinagar airport, Uttar Pradesh MLA Abbas Bin Mukhtar Ansari said Kashmiri Pandits lined up outside the airport and sang ‘Naat’ — poetry in praise of Prophet Muhammad — and congratulated them on their pilgrimage. The video clip shows a…

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