Martyrdom Week has commenced to pay homage to prominent Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone and martyrs of Hawal.
According to media sources, unidentified gunmen had shot dead Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq after barging into his residence in Srinagar on 21st May in 1990. On the same day, seventy mourners were killed when Indian troops fired at the funeral procession of the martyred leader in Hawal area of Srinagar. Twelve years later, on the same day in 2002, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone was martyred by unknown attackers, when he was returning from addressing a gathering at Mazar-e-Shuhada in Srinagar. The Martyrdom Week commenced, the other day, with the recitation of Holy Quran at the headquarters of Awami Action Committee (AAC) in Rajouri Kadal and the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyet forum’s main headquarters in Srinagar and offices at other districts. “Hafta-e-Shahadat (Martyrdom Week) is being observed across the Valley from May 16 to May 22, to commemorate the anniversary of Shaheed-e-Millat Molvi Muhammad Farooq, martyrs of Hawal and Shaheed-e-Hurriyet Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone,” a statement issued by the Hurriyet forum said, adding that clerics and Imams from various mosques, Islamic scholars, prominent citizens and locals participated in the functions. It said that Fateha Khawani was also held for the martyrs of Kashmir in general and for Molvi Muhammad Farooq, martyrs of Hawal Massacre, and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone, in particular. Another programme titled “Husn-e-Qirat” was organized by the Anjuman-e-Auqaf at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar and was presided over by the forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the statement said. It said that children from scores of educational institutions and Darul-Ulooms from across the Kashmir Valley participated in the Quran recitation competition. It said that first prize in the competition was bagged by a student from Darul-Uloom Naqshbandiya, Srinagar, Qari Irshad Ahmed Mir while second position was secured by a student from Darul-Uloom Ashmuqam, Qari Mustafa Ahmed Shah. Qari Aijaz Ahmed Butt of Darul-Uloom Islamabad got third position in the competition, it added. On the occasion, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq distributed trophies and cash prizes among the winners, the statement said, adding that the panel of judges included Qari Iqbal Ahmed of Markazul-Muarif, Bhatindi Jammu, and prominent Qaris, Qari Saleem Ahmed and Qari Reyaz-ul-Haq Qasmi. The program was moderated by Maulana M S Rehman Shams, statement said. it added that the speakers of the function paid glowing tributes to all Kashmiri martyrs.