ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has stressed upon the need to promote sublime qualities of unity, tolerance, interfaith harmony and compassion at the national level which will help shape an ideal society under the teachings of Islam.
The president, in his message on the first of Muharram ul Haram 1440 Hijra and the advent of new Islamic calendar on Wednesday, expressed his good wishes for the Pakistani nation and the Muslim Ummah, and prayed for their progress and prosperity.
He also stressed upon understanding the significance of the holy month of Muharram.
He said Muharram ul Haram was included among the four holiest months of Islamic calendar and it had been mentioned as a month of great respect and high reverence.
“This month reminds us about the sacrifices, patience, determination and holding of lofty human values, and especially forging of qualities like brotherhood, compassion and unity between the Ansars and Mohajirs after the migration of our Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). It formed a society which was perfect and based upon welfare of its subjects,” he added.
The president said the present democratic government had set the right direction by putting the country on the journey towards progress and prosperity. He expressed the hope that soon, they would be able to achieve their set targets in that regard.
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“By taking guidance from the great event that occurred during this holy month, there is a more than ever need for us to promote the spirit of sacrifice, love and brotherhood, compassion, religious tolerance and patience, and acting on these great values,” the prime minister said in his message to the nation on the first Muharram-ul-Haram – the advent of new Hijri year on Wednesday (Sept 12).
He said, “On this blessed occasion of the advent of Islamic Year, I express my good wishes for the Pakistani nation and the Muslims, and pray to Allah Almighty that this year proves as a blessed year for the Muslim Ummah, Ameen.”
He said the month of Muharram-ul-Haram, which enjoyed great respect and reverence even before the advent of Islam, later got more value.
“The Hijri year starts from the migration of Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and his loving Ashab (Companions), when they in order to save them from the oppression of anti-Islam elements and on the Command of Almighty Allah presented this great example of migration, which created an unprecedented relationship of brotherhood between Ansar and Mahajreen,” he added.
The prime minister said, “I pray to Almighty Allah to shower His blessings upon us, bring in peace, progress and prosperity in Pakistan, and bless our lives with the spirit of sacrifice and giving up, which is the real message of new Hijri Year.”