Friday Furor Continues
It is past 2:30pm and Friday prayers still have not been held at the Lal Masjid. According to the various television crews on site, members of the MMA offered prayers outside the mosque whereas protesters largely composed of students and some residents of the area are still inside the compound and prayer halls of the mosque. Their demands center pressurizing the government to bring Maulana Abul Aziz to offer khutba and lead the juma prayers. News channels have shown students acting aggressively in the mosque, shouting slogans, throwing shoes and brick and climbing onto the main minaret.
Additionally, they have also been shown chalking the words ‘Lal Masjid’ on the walls of the newly painted mosque and repainting the exterior red.
All arguments relating to the rights and wrongs of Operation Silence, but is this refusal to allow prayers to take place in the mosque really the way to convince people of the way of Islam?