One Adhan and 22 Moazzen
Have You ever heard of the incident when 22 Muazzen completed one Adhan ?Imagine ! Muazzin being killed one by one and another standing up instantly to complete the adhan .Yes, this is a true incident that happened in the history of the world on 13 july 1931 ,Kashmir.
On 19th April 1931, the Dogra DIG Chowdry Ram Chand stopped Imam Munshi Muhammad Ishaq from giving Eid Khutba (Sermon) in the Municipal Park of Jammu. The incident sparked off widespread protest demonstrations in Jammu city. Ban on Eid Sermon in Jammu was followed by desecration of the Holy Quran at the hands of Dogra troops, which further aggravated the situation throughout the State.
In Srinagar, people gathered in Jamia Masjid Srinagar to denounce desecration act and demand severe punishment to the culprits,. While listening to speeches of Kashmiri leasers a youth Abdul Qadeer pointed his finger to the Maharaga’s palace and raised full-throated slogans “destroy its every brick”. He was immediately arrested on the charges of sedition. Later, he was to be tried in the court but due to possible public reaction, the court was shifted to Central Jail Srinagar. On 12th July, violent public demonstrations were held throughout the city against the shifting of the court to the Central jail, Srinagar.
On 13th July 1931, Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims gathered in front of srinagar Central jail and were chanting the slogans of Touheed. Dogra governor Rai Zada Singh was also keeping eye on that protest. Time of Zohr’s prayer came and one man stood and called the Adhan .As he Said.”ALLAH U AKBAR”Rai Zada ordered his forces to open fire on the man who was gonna say Aazan.Dogra forces opened fire on that man who was saying Aazan and he was shot dead.
Another man stood and tried to complete the adhan.As soon He pronounced ”ALLAH U AKBAR” , he too was shot dead.
Then Stood another Man and continued the Adhan. The Troops kept on firing. He was also shot dead.
Imagine ,Muazzins getting killed one by one and the adhan being continued until it was completed .In this way 22 moazzen completed one Aazan.
For the sake of Azaan ,for the sake of their Right ,the Kashmiris fought with bravery. This incident of brute killings is a black chapter in the history of Dogra regime. The people carried the dead and the injured with them, formed a procession and paraded the highways and streets of Srinagar, chanting slogans against Dogra brutalities. Complete strike was observed in the city, which was followed by week long mourning. This incident shook the whole state and the traffic from Srinagar to Rawalpindi and Srinagar to Jammu came to an halt from 13th to 26th July. Since then, the day is observed as Kashmir Martyr’s Day.