Jamia mosque management prohibits men & women from sitting together in its lawns

Srinagar :  The managing body of Kashmir’s grand mosque Jamia Masjid Srinagar has prohibited men and women from sitting together in its lawns.

The Anjuman Auqaf has also advised worshippers both men and women, to use their specific spaces while praying in the Jamia mosque, designated for both the genders. The 600 year old grand mosque can hold over 20,000 worshoppers on the special occasions.

In a notification Anjuman Auqaf has also prohibited photography inside the mosque.

“The photographers/ camera men are prohibited to take any kind of photos or clicks inside the mosque. Even the equipments of taking any kind of photos are totally disallowed and need to be stopped at the gate forthwith,” the notice read.

The notice added that ladies and gents are not allowed to sit in the park.

The Anjuman Auqaf also prohibited carrying of eatables inside the mosque premises.

“Nobody is allowed to have lunch or any kind of eatables inside the mosque. As such, visitors need to be stopped at the gate itself,” the notification read.

The Anjuman Auqaf has directed its security guards to implement the instructions immediately.

In a statement on Friday, the Anjuman Auqaf said that being a place of worship visitors were requested to respect its sanctity as a mosque and observe decorum while visiting the mosque.

“It is not a public park or a recreational facility. So while clicking photographs visitors both local and outsiders should keep this in mind. For professional purposes permission needs to be sought from Anjuman Auqaf before taking any pictures or video of Jama Masjid,” the statement added.

The Anjuman Auqaf also asked worshippers both men and women, should use their specific spaces while praying in the mosque, designated for both the genders