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By KL News Network

SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday laid the foundation stone for a new mosque in Athwajan, on the outskirts of Srinagar. The event, marked by a solemn foundation-laying ceremony, was attended by religious personalities, community leaders, and residents of Naz colony Sempora.

Addressing the gathering, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq highlighted the mosque’s vital role and concept of “Jama’at” in Islam as a way to connect with the Almighty. He emphasised that the Masjid is not only a place of worship but also a hub for addressing community issues—be they social, economic, or otherwise. He reminded the faithful of the mosque’s historical role during the time of Prophet Muhammad, serving as the heart of the community where crucial societal issues were addressed.

“Building a mosque goes beyond constructing a place for prayers; it’s about creating a community centre that embodies the spirit of Islamic teachings, fostering a strong, vibrant Muslim community,” Mirwaiz said.

Mirwaiz emphasised the importance and need for inclusivity in these new sacred spaces, particularly the provision of designated areas for women to pray and assemble. “We should not keep women away from the mosques, as we cannot envision real change in our society or aspire to build a strong community without ensuring that our mosques are welcoming and accessible to women. Their participation and inclusion are crucial if we are to stay true to the values of Islamic teaching,” he added.

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