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SRINAGAR: Minister for Information Technology, Technical Education and Youth Services and Sports, Molvi Imran Raza Ansari today said that Imam Husain's (AS) role is defined by the nature of the social, ideological and political developments of his time. He said this while commemorating the birth anniversary of Imam Hussain and Imam Abbas (RA) at historical Imam Bara Zadibal here. The congregation was organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Shia Association (JKSA).

 

While throwing light on the life of Imams, Molvi Imran said that their life is the epitome and incarnation of humanity who stand up for human principles and we must follow the teachings and dignified life of Imam Hussain and Imam Abbas (RA) in our life. Whoever goes through the life and teachings of Imam Husain bin Ali (AS) will deeply realize that his role in Islamic life started very early. While still a young man, he contributed, effectively, to the rising movement of Islam.

 

Later, the Minister also felicitated the meritorious students of Marifatul Uloom Islamia. The event was also attended by the Islamic scholar Moulana Sheikh Hassan Zakiri, Students and other noted clerics.

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SRINAGAR: Addressing a Seerat conference organised by the Anjumane Nusrat Ul Islam at Islamia at Rajouri Kadal here, president of the Anjuman and Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said sectarian divide and hate among us only strengthens the hands of our oppressor. He said those who use pulpit of mosques to do so will not be tolerated and people should publically boycott them.

Coming down heavily on some of the self styled religious preachers in the state, Mirwaiz said that these religious preachers are using the sacred pulpits of mosques to divide Muslims of the state by indulging in criticizing and demeaning each other on sectarian lines rather than working for religious and social reform among the society and preaching the real message of unity in Islam. Mirwaiz said what is worse is that they are using social media to promote their sectarian agenda which misguides and confuses people especially the youth.

Mirwaiz said that these clerics don’t speak about the killings and injustices that we face each day but when it comes to criticizing each other that exhibit such passion and eagerness. Mirwaiz said the breach in our unity as an Ummah if it starts from our mosques will be extremely unfortunate and cannot be allowed. Mirwaiz urged the Imams to desist from promoting sectarian differences that create divisions and hate and rather educate people about the core and universal message of Islam. Mirwaiz said sectarian divide and hate among us only strengthens the hands of our oppressor He said those who use pulpit of mosques to do so will not be tolerated and people should publically boycott them.

He said in the coming days a meeting of Religious organisations, preachers /imams from every sect and school of thought will be convened and we will discuss these issues so that our mosques will become reason for our unity and social reform rather than division.  Referring to the heinous Kathua incident Mirwaiz said it is blot upon all humanity, irrespective of what religion we follow that the most despicable act of pre meditated rape and then murder was used a tool against a community to evict them. It has to be condemned by one and all and justice has to be delivered on this most heinous crime.

During the Seerat conference students from various institutions from different districts shed light on the life and contributions of the holy prophet with lot of zest and zeal. The function was followed by prize distribution ceremony in which prizes were distributed among the students from various schools who took part in the seerat competition. The first position was bagged by Ms Soliha of RP School, second by Ms Abeeba of Kashmir Harward Institute and Areeza of Muslim Public school Rajbagh. Mirwaiz distributed trophies and cash prizes among the winners. Professor M Sidiq Kuchay, Engineer Ras Masood and Gh Mohiudin were the judges.

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  • Governor briefs him about initiatives taken by Shrine Board for facilitation of pilgrims

JAMMU: The President of India, Mr. Ram Nath Kovind, today visited the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji and paid obeisance at the Sanctum Sanctorum. Mr. Kovind prayed for the progress and prosperity of the people of the country. The President was accompanied by Mrs. Savita Kovind, First Lady; Governor N. N. Vohra; and Dr. Nirmal Kumar Singh, Deputy Chief Minister. During his brief visit the President went around the Shrine complex, viewed the facilities and met the pilgrims.

 

Governor, who is Chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, briefed the President about the continuing initiatives being taken for upgrading and expanding the infrastructure for facilitating the progressively increasing number of pilgrims to the Holy Shrine. He observed that a Master Plan has been got prepared for the Bhawan and the extended Shrine Area to provide planned accommodation for pilgrims at Bhawan, Adhkuwari, Katra and Jammu and Durga Bhawan is being re-constructed to enhance accommodation facilities for pilgrims at Bhawan. Water supply is being augmented and all the lights along the tracks and in the Bhawan area have been replaced with LED lights; Health Care facilities for the pilgrims have been strengthened along the tracks and at Bhawan. Giving details about the various social support initiatives taken by the Board, especially in the education and health sectors, Governor referred to the establishment of Superspeciality Hospital, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University and College of Nursing at Kakryal and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Gurukul at Charanpaduka, involving an investment of nearly Rs. 1000 crores.  

Regarding the upcoming major infrastructure projects, the Governor informed the President that Passenger Ropeway between Bhawan and Bhairon Ghati and Material Ropeway between Siar Dabri and Bhawan are nearing completion. He also informed the President about the ongoing Slope Stabilisation Project and installation of Shelter Sheds for ensuring safety of the pilgrims against shooting stones and landslides and, besides, the upcoming Tarakote Marg which will cost about Rs 80 crore.

Governor observed that, under his direction, focus on environmental preservation continued to be accorded very high priority and, towards the furtherance of this objective, plantation of Trikuta Hills has been undertaken on a very large scale and green technologies are being utilised. Earlier, on arrival at the Panchhi Helipad from Jammu, the President was received by Mr. Umang Narula, CEO of the Shrine Board. Mr. A. G. Mir, ADGP, CID;  Mr. Hemant Kumar Sharma, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu; Mr. Prasanna Ramaswamy G, Deputy Commissioner, Reasi; Mr. Anshul Garg, Additional CEO of the Shrine Board; and other senior Civil, Police and Shrine Board officers were present on the occasion.