ISLAMABAD: Dedicating this year’s Eid-ul-Azha to the endless sacrifices of Kashmiris, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has pledged to dedicate all coming Eids to the people of Kashmir till the resolution of dispute in accordance with their wishes.
“On this day of Eid, we cannot forget the sacrifices of the people of Kashmir too. The people of Kashmir, facing the Indian atrocities, have sacrificed their third generation to achieve their right of self-determination.
“We dedicate this Eid to the endless sacrifices of Kashmiri people and will continue to dedicate all coming Eids to the Kashmiris till the issue of Kashmir is resolved in accordance with their wishes,” the Prime Minister said in his message on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha being observed in the country on Tuesday (September 13).
He said Eid-ul-Azha was a remembrance of the submission of Hazrat Ibrahim Allaih Salam and the obedience and acceptance
of Hazrat Ismail Allaih Salam.
The family of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) sacrificed every worldly relation for the pleasure of their Cherisher and preferred the will of Allah Almighty on every occasion, he said, adding its peak point was the sacrificial of son.
“Allah Almighty accepted this act of father and son in a way that it was made part of Hajj rituals and the Muslim society was made obliged to keep this tradition alive,” he added.
The Prime Minister said Syedna Ibrahim (AS), through his conduct, told the world that sacrifice was the name of dedicating ourselves for the supreme human objectives.
“The sacrifice of individuals keeps the society and nation alive. This is the lesson which is given through sacrifice,” he remarked.
The Prime Minister said there was a need to recall that lesson of oneness and sacrifice, which Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) gave; to think over how to unite this nation and could sacrifice for the national objectives.
“Pakistan, today, with the grace and blessings of Allah Almighty, has been put on the path of prosperity. We have to take it to its destination,” he added.
He, however, said,”Today, we have a question before us, as if we can sacrifice our ego and interests for the sake of Pakistan? On the occasion of this Eid, we have to give a message of unity to the whole nation. By keeping the tradition of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), we have to sacrifice for others.”
The Prime Minister said,”Sacrifice gives us this lesson that we, on this cheerful occasion, have not to forget the under-privileged sections of the society. We have to get their participation in our pleasures.”
“We have to get ourselves off from the extremist attitudes, by keeping ourselves above the personal, sectoral and factional interests; and divert our spirit of sacrifice towards the progress and solidarity of the country and nation and Islamic world. This is what the basis of Islamic teachings is,” he added.
The Prime Minister said,”In fact, if we dedicate our spirit of selflessness and sacrifice, to the right objectives, then harmony, tolerance, love, patience and moderation will become part of our daily life matters in the dear country.
And our society will turn into an Islamic society in true meanings.”
The Prime Minister extended hearty felicitations to all the Muslims residing in Pakistan and in the whole world, particularly, the Kashmiri people and thanked Allah Almighty, Who once again blessed them with this felicitous occasion.
He prayed that the nation continued to embrace such happy occasions in their lives repeatedly.
“I pray that Allah Almighty bless all of us with real pleasures of Eid-ul-Azha and enable us to understand and perform this great reverence of sacrifice in its true spirit. Ameen!,” the Prime Minister added.
Nation should join anti-terror efforts: President
Greeting the nation on Eid-ul-Azha, President Mamnoon Hussain Monday urged the people to join the efforts of armed forces and law enforcement agencies for elimination of terrorism and revival of peace to pave way for peace and prosperity.
The President, in his message on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha being celebrated on Tuesday across the country, said amid the
celebrations of this festival, “we should also remember our brothers and sisters who had been the victim of terrorism, and share their grief.”
“We should also keep in mind our Kashmiri brothers and sisters, who were facing the oppression and atrocities during their efforts for right to self-determination. I feel the time is not far when their sacrifices will come to fruition and they will be able to
celebrate the festivals in a free atmosphere,” he added.
He prayed Allah Almighty to enable “us to celebrate this Eid in its true spirit and accept the sacrifices.”
The President viewed that Eid-ul-Azha was an important festival that was celebrated in memory of the an unmatched sacrifice. The sacrifice by Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S.) and obedience by Hazrat Ismael (A.S.) showed that real objective of a Muslim’s life was to seek the pleasure of Allah.
“This Eid also bestows us with a blessing to perform Hajj, which is an important pillar of Islam,” he added.
He said both Hajj and sacrifice on this Eid proved the fact that Islamic teachings were a source of unity of the Muslim Ummah
regardless of any discrimination in name of colour, creed and ethnicity.
President Mamnoon urged the people not to avoid any sacrifice for promotion of real values and traditions in true spirit of Islamic teachings.
Also felicitating the whole Muslim Ummah on Eid, the President prayed that this Eid could come up with glad tidings of peace,
stability, progress and prosperity for whole world, particularly the Muslim Ummah.
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