Nation celebrates Eidul Azha with religious fervor

By: News Desk
Published: 10:06 AM, 10 Jul, 2022
Nation celebrates Eidul Azha with religious fervor
Caption: People offer Eid prayers in Rawalpindi.
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Eidul Azha was celebrated all across the country with religious fervor today (Sunday). Big and small congregations of Eid prayers were held in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

President Dr Arif Alvi offered Eid prayers at the Tooba Mosque of Islamabad. He along with general public prayed for the prosperity of the country.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif offered the Eidul Azha prayers at his family residence in Jati Umra, Lahore.

The prime minister along with Chief Minister Punjab Hamza Shehbaz, Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar and other people prayed for the prosperity of the country and the unity of Muslim community across the globe.

The biggest Eid congregation was held at Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad where Prime Minister Azad Kashmir Sardar Tanvir Ilyas along with ambassadors of Muslim countries, women and citizens offered Eid prayers.

The Eid prayers were performed inside the mosques in Rawalpindi as due to last night’s rain, administration could not hold Eid prayers in the open.

The Eid congregation that was to be held in Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi was shifted indoors, in Madrassa Taleemul Quran. 

In Azad Kashmir, the Eid prayers were offered at almost 150 places.

President Eid message

In his Eid message to the nation, President Alvi said as the country faced economic challenges, there was a dire need to utilize the spirit of sacrifice. He affirmed brotherhood, selflessness and empathy for the destitute to emerge as a strong nation.

He said, “I pray to Allah Almighty to accept the Ibadah, Hajj and sacrifices of the Pakistani nation and the Muslim Ummah. Amen!”

“Eid-ul-Azha reminds us of the submission and obedience of Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) and Hazrat Ismail (A.S) before the command of Allah Almighty.”

When Allah Almighty subjected these great personalities to a test, both of them acted upon His command, the president said, adding that Allah Almighty was so pleased with their devotion that He made it an act of obligatory worship for the believers till the Day of Resurrection.

“The act of sacrifice reflects a believer’s determination that he is ever ready for the greatest sacrifice in the name of Allah Almighty.”

“The spirit of sacrifice carries a universal significance. No nation can prosper without inculcating a spirit of sacrifice. Sacrifice is not merely an act of animal slaughter, but its real goal is to sacrifice personal desires for accomplishing a higher purpose. This spirit of sacrifice grants such an ability to human beings that they keep following the righteous path despite the most trying circumstances,” he added.

Dr Alvi said, “As our dear country faces economic challenges, there is a dire need to effectively utilize this spirit of sacrifice.”

“On the occasion of Eidul Azha, the entire Pakistani nation must reaffirm that instead of pursuing self-interest, greed, and avarice, we will inculcate the spirit of brotherhood, selflessness, love and empathy to help the needy and destitute around us so that we may emerge as a strong nation in these testing times. May Allah Almighty be with us all. Amen!”

PM Eid message 

In his Eid message, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif felicitated the nation on the auspicious occasion and called upon the people to pay special attention to the needy and poor to truly realize the spirit of sacrifice.

He also appealed to the general public to strictly follow the precautionary measures against the coronavirus pandemic while celebrating Eid with their dear ones.

The premier said Allah Almighty made sacrifice an extraordinary ritual to show immense admiration for the obedience of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and Hazrat Ismail (AS). “The real meaning of sacrifice is the obedience and submission to Allah. Allah sees the intention of His obedient men and on that basis gives the reward.”

He said our salvation lies in following the pious character of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and his noble son Hazrat Ismail (AS) and noted that Muslims can fulfill their obligation during the special occasion of Eid-ul-Azha by helping out orphans, widows, needy and poor.

He called upon Pakistanis to pay special attention to giving assistance during Eidul Azha to brothers and sisters facing difficulties and problems.

The prime minister said, “We should share the happiness of Eid with needy and deprived around us, who are affected by the wave of international inflation.”

“We should also not forget those affected by the recent floods and rains and fully help them in this hour of need. It is our duty to support them and share their grief. The young generation can learn a lot from the meaning of sacrifice during Eid.”

The PM called upon the youth to become a living example of tolerance, patience, selflessness and sacrifice in society.

He appealed to the public to strictly follow the precautionary measures against the coronavirus pandemic.

He directed the district administrations and departments concerned to carry out their responsibilities efficiently, timely dispose off animal waste and ensure cleanliness.

Imran Khan's tweet on Eid

Former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan in his Eid message on Twitter said: “Wishing Muslims everywhere Eid Mubarak. As we celebrate & thank Allah for his blessings this Eid that commemorates sacrifice, let us remember & pray for those who are without their loved ones & for the people of IIOJK & Palestine suffering oppression under brutal Occupation.”

Zardari, Bilawal offer Eid prayers in Nawabshah and Garhi Khuda Bakhsh 

Former president and PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari offered Eid prayers in Nawabshah whereas Foreign Minister and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said his Eid prayers in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh.

Bilawal offered prayers along with Sindh Assembly Speaker Siraj Durrani, Sohail Anwar Sial and other party leaders and workers. 

Bilawal also prayed for the development, progress and security of the country.  

Reporters Mohsinul Mulk and Abdul Khaliq Mughiree