On Yaum-e-Ashur, President, PM urge people to shun differences
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President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan have urged countrymen to strive for national progress and prosperity while shunning mutual differences, sectarian biases, and faith-based hate, in light of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A)’s teachings.
In his message on the occasion of Ashura, the president said that since the beginning, Allah bestowed special status to the 10th of Moharram-ul-Haram. Many of the remarkable historic incidents had taken place on this day, be it the acceptance of Holy Prophet Adam’s apology, safe arrival of Hazrat Noah’s ark at Mount Jodi, turning of Namrood’s fire into coolness for Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and the martyrdom of Hazrat Umar (RA).
The president said that the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions had eternally enriched the significance of 10th of Muharram in the Islamic history. The sacrifice of Imam Hussain gave Muslims a lesson that one should not evade even sacrificing his life while fighting against the evil forces.
He said the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (RA) was in fact the victory of truth, and symbol of steadfastness against oppression and a glorious example of sacrifice.
He said Muharram-ul-Haram instilled a passion which made the followers cope with any ordeal.
The president said the Pakistani nation had shown exemplary discipline during its fights against coronavirus. As the pandemic is not yet over, we must still show further precaution, he advised.
He hoped that the people would adhere to anti-COVID 19 SOPs during the Ashura rituals in light of the guidelines issued after consultation with the religious scholars.
The president urged the countrymen to make a pledge to take every step for the victory of truth, promotion of justice, adherence to Islamic values, and for national progress and prosperity. He prayed to Allah Almighty to turn the new Islamic year as the year of development and prosperity for Pakistan.
In this regard, the Prime Minister said that today Muslims are remembering this great sacrifice, although Ashura Day is of great importance in various ways.
The Prime Minister further said that this day in the history of Islam has been achieved due to the martyrdom and the event of Karbala and to make any sacrifice in the way of God for the promotion and revival of high values of Islam is determination and success.
He said that the passion of Shabbir (RA) ignites the tradition of faith and belief, the truthfulness of the Muslims, it is the source of the eternal message of Islam, and the eternal tradition of the spirit of sacrifice and its precedent is hardly in human history. This message of Aswa Hussain is for every good heart.
He further said that by accepting every trouble that comes in the way of truth with a smile on his face, he should surrender his life and after dedicating himself with the same passion, he can play a significant role in the dear country and the world community.
The Prime Minister also paid tribute to the sacrifices of the people who fought against Indian imperialism, who kept the Sunnah of Imam Hussain alive while upholding the truth and made us a great example of the battle of truth and falsehood like Karbala. ۔
In this regard, the Prime Minister further said that the outbreak of coronavirus has spread all over the world, with the help of God, timely measures of the government and full cooperation of the nation, the spread of corona epidemic has been largely controlled. And for that, the whole Pakistani nation should be thankful to Allah Almighty.
He said that on this day, he appealed to the nation to take precautionary measures in the celebrations of Muharram and hoped that Ashura would be observed with devotion and respect, keeping sectarianism and prejudice at bay and peace and order prevailing.