ISLAMABAD (APP): Following is the English rendering of the message of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, 10th Zil-Hajja, 1437 Hijri, September 13, 2016:-
On the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, I extend hearty felicitations to all the Muslims residing in Pakistan and in the whole world, particularly, the Kashmiri people. Thanks to Allah Almighty, Who once again blessed us with this felicitous occasion. I pray that you continue to embrace such happy occasions in your life repeatedly.
Eid-ul-Azha is a remembrance of the submission of Hazrat Ibrahim Allaih Salam and the obedience and acceptance of Hazrat Ismail Allaih Salam. The family of Hazrat Ibrahim sacrificed every worldly relation for the pleasure of their Cherisher and preferred the will of Allah Almighty on every occasion. Its peak point is the sacrificial of son.
Allah Almighty accepted this act of father and son in a way that it was made part of Hajj rituals and the Muslim society was made obliged to keep this tradition alive.
Syedna Ibrahim (AS), through his conduct, told the world that sacrifice is the name of dedicating yourself for the supreme human objectives. The sacrifice of individuals keeps the society and nation alive. This is the lesson which is given through sacrifice .
On this day of Eid, we cannot forget the sacrifices of the people of Kashmir too. The people of Kashmir, facing the Indian atrocities, have sacrificed their third generation to achieve their right of self-determination.
We dedicate this Eid to the endless sacrifices of Kashmiri people and will continue to dedicate all coming Eids to the Kashmiris till the issue of Kashmir is resolved in
accordance with their wishes.
Today, on the occasion of Eid, we have to recall that lesson of oneness and sacrifice , which Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) gave; have to think over how we can unite this nation and can sacrifice for the national objectives.
Pakistan, today, with the grace and blessings of Allah Almighty, has been put on the path of prosperity. We have to take it to its destination. Today, we have a question before us, as if we can sacrifice our ego and interests for the sake of Pakistan?
On the occasion of this Eid, we have to give a message of unity to the whole nation. By keeping the tradition of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) alive, we have to sacrifice for others. Sacrifice gives us this lesson that we, on this cheerful occasion, have not to forget the under-privileged sections of the society. We have to get their participation in our pleasures.
We have to get ourselves off from the extremist attitudes, by keeping ourselves above the personal, sectoral and factional interests; and divert our spirit of sacrifice
towards progress and solidarity of the country and nation and Islamic world. This is what the basis of Islamic teachings is.
In fact, if we dedicate our spirit of selflessness and sacrifice , to the right objectives, then harmony, tolerance, love, patience and moderation will become part of our daily life matters in the dear country. And our society will turn into an Islamic society in true meanings.
I pray that Allah Almighty bless all of us with real pleasures of Eid-ul-Azha and enable us to understand and perform this great reverence of sacrifice in its true spirit. Ameen!’’