The nation is celebrating Eid-ul-Azha today with due passion to commemorate the supreme sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (AS).
The day begun with special prayers in mosques for the well-being of the Ummah and progress, prosperity, safety and security of the country.
Following the prayers, people slaughtered their sacrificial animals following with the sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim (AS).
In Islamabad, the main Eid congregation was held at Faisal Mosque.
Federal and provincial governments have chalked out elaborate security arrangements across the country to ward off any untoward incident.
Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi on Monday issued special messages for the nation on the occasion of Eidul Azha, that is being celebrated across the country today, Radio Pakistan reported.
Both, the president and prime minister, stressed on the importance of sacrifices for the growth of the country. They further said that the “passion” to sacrifice for one’s nation gives people strength to remain steadfast in the face of challenges.
In his message, President Alvi urged the people to “understand the hidden significance of selflessness and sacrifice” that is associated with Eidul Azha.
“There has always been the need to highlight the sublime desire of sacrifice, but in the present day, its importance had increased manifold,” he further said.
The premier, in his message, reflected upon the “unprecedented obedience of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and submission by Prophet Ismail (AS) to the will” of God. He said that both personalities set a “great example of sacrifice”.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari arrived in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s (AJK) capital Muzaffarabad late Sunday to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha and express solidarity with the Kashmiri people.
The two offered Eid prayers alongside AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider in Muzaffarabad.
Muslims believe Prophet Ibrahim’s faith was put to test when God ordered- him to sacrifice his only son, the Prophet Ismail, and that the devil tried to talk Prophet Ibrahim (AS) out of submitting to God’s will there. However, God stayed his hand, sparing his son.