NOWSHERA (APP): Imam-e-Kaaba (Grand Holy Mosque of Makkah), Sheikh Saleh Bin Muhammad Bin Ibrahim Friday urged people to get united under the banner of Islam and follow teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah to remain integrated and avoid sectarian issues.
He declared that Islam is religion of peace and fraternity and strictly prohibites violence in the society.
He was delivering Friday sermon (Jumma prayer) to a mammoth gathering of people and workers of JUIF on occasion of 3-day Jamait Ulema Islam Centennial Celebrations at Azakhel Nowshera district here as Chief Guest.
In this reference, he also recited Quran's verse which means "to strictly hold the rope of Allah Almighty and not involve in differences." "Those Muslims who are most pious and devoted to Islam are most nearer to Allah Almighty."
The Imam Ka'aba said there was no place for chaos and violence in Islam . "Our religion gives the message of peace, love, brotherhood and harmony," he added.
The Imam-e-Ka'aba said that success in this world and life Hereafter lie in strict obedience of teachings of Quran and Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in true spirit.
The elements that instigated violence and disharmony in the name of Islam are in fact those who created anarchy and chaos among people for their ulterior motives, he added.
He said these elements are responsible for spreading hatred among people in shape of sectarianism, disharmony and intolerance.
He made it clear that Islam has nothing to do with violence and extremism. "Islam is what Quran and Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) Sunnah stand for, it is not what extremist elements claims."
The Imam-e-Ka'aba also stressed upon Ulema and religious scholars to play their effective role in forming unity among Muslims by delivering true message of love, peace and harmony.
He said Ulema are real custodians of Islam and they can play very effective role in promotion of tolerance, brotherhood and mutual co-existence among people.
"Islam lays great onus on religious scholars to portray real teachings of Islam and to guide people for spending a meaningful life based on teachings of Quran and Sunnah," he said. "Every challenge the Ummah face today can be overcome through unity among our ranks", he added.
Imam-e-Kaaba offered special prayers for unity of Muslim Ummah, supremacy of Islam , progress, peace and development of Pakistan, righteousness for people, healing for patients, and eradication of poverty in people.
Later, Imam-e-Ka'aba Sheikh Seleh Bin Muhammad Ibrahim led Friday prayer, offered by hundreds of thousands of faithful.
Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, Federal Minister for Housing Akram Khan Durani, Deputy Chairman Senate Abdul Ghafoor Haideri and delegates from JUI Hind Maulana Asad Madani, JUIF central and provincial leaders and delegates from Pakistan, Middle East, and others countries also attended the prayers.
The gathering was also addressed by JUIF Central Ameer Maulana Fazl ur Rehaman and Saudi Religious Affairs Minister Seleh Bin Abdul Aziz Al- Sheikh.