MULTAN - The three-day 705th Urs celebrations of great saint of sub-continent Hazrat Shah Ruknuddin Alam began here on Saturday.
Custodian of the shrine and foreign minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi gave a traditional bath to the shrine and inaugurated the Urs celebrations.
Addressing on the occasion, Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi stressed the need for following the teachings of the saint for maintenance and promotion of peace, love and brotherhood. He lauded the spirit and enthusiasm of devotees for attending the Urs celebrations in extreme weather.
He urged them to understand the message of the great saint and follow it for success. He said the great saint was very kind and he always resolved problems of masses. The Custodian of the shrine prayed for progress and prosperity of the country.
He said the country was facing numerous internal and external challenges, adding that conspiracies were being hatched to create division among the masses. He also prayed for economic revival, investment and job opportunities in the country.
President of Muslim Institute Islamabad Sahibzada Sultan Ahmed Ali, on the occasion, said that saints always guided people towards goodness.
Ex-federal minister for religious affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi also addressed the inaugural session and said that the great saints purified the people, who used to visit the shrines.
Chairman of Islamic Department Government College University Lahore Professor Dr Sultan Shah also paid rich tribute to Hazrat Shah Ruknuddin Alam and "Sislal-e-Suhrwardia" for services towards humanity and Islam.
Sultan Shah informed that he wrote a book on teaching and preaching methodology of the great saint. He informed that he would publish it very soon and the book would convey message of the great saint at international level.
Speaking on the occasion, Custodian of Kot Mithhan Shrine Moinuddin Mehboob Koreja proposed improvement in affairs of Auqaf department. He also advocated propagation of teachings of the great saint.
Chief of Jamat Ahl-e-Sunnat Allama Hafiz Farooq Khan Saeedi, Kanwar Sultan, Dr Siddique Qadri and other also spoke.
MNAs Aamir Dogar, Zain Qureshi, special assistant to CM Punjab Javed Akhtar Ansari, MNA Zahoor Hussain Qureshi, and other noteables also attended the inaugural session.