No offering Namaaz outdoor, says Haryana CM Manohar Khattar

Source: ANI

Sriya Kundu

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar announced prohibition against offering Namaaz in the opening. Muslims of the area wonder where shall they pray

The Muslims of Ward 37 were interrupted yet again during their Juma Nawaaz in the last week of November. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced two weeks later that offering Namaaz in open areas is prohibited. 

The session that was interrupted was one where the members of the gathering were remembering those who they had lost in the 26/11 attacks. However, right-wing party members did not allow the session to progress, under the pretext that it was an invitation to conflicts based on religious animosity in the area. 

“I have told the police to resolve this issue. There is no problem with offering namaaz or puja at their designated places. The religious places are designated for that. But the act of offering namaaz in open spaces will not be tolerated. The issue will be resolved amicably,” said CM Khattar last Saturday.

Former member of the Rajya Sabha, Mohammad Adeeb responded to this. He said that there were 37 areas allocated for offering Namaaz to the Muslims of that area. However, as revealed by sources, the locals of the area along with the Residential Welfare Association lodged a complaint against the same. As a response to that, the number of areas was reduced to 20.

There are places designated for religious ceremonies and activities whilst planning a city. Abeed added that it is unfair that they aren’t being able to do the same, despite restricting their activities to their designated places. 

Khattar has mentioned that if any sort of encroachment has taken place in the areas that belong to the Muslims of the area action shall be taken and they shall offer redressal to the issue. Till then he has encouraged that Namaaz is read at their respective houses instead of gathering in huge numbers in a public space.  

Former CM of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah also commented on the issue, mentioning how the state government was only picking at Muslims and no other religious activities are facing such disruptions from their side. 

Mufti Mohammad Saleem, the President of Jamiat Ulema said, “We had gone to meet DC, but he was not available. We met the DCP, who asked us to approach DC. In light of the CM’s statement on namaz, that the earlier reserved sites for Friday prayers have been withdrawn, we want clarity from the administration if any new spots have been decided. Where are we going to pray this coming Friday?”

Muslims of the area have protested this decision of the government. For now, they don’t have a place to offer Namaaz together in the open. The Juma Namaaz, as suggested by the name takes place on Friday. The pattern that has been observed over the last few weeks, reveals that most conflicts around the same initiate on Friday. 

Only time will tell if they shall abide by the prohibition or shall protest and hold their usual Namaaz in open areas tomorrow.