President Dr Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf felicitated Muslims in Pakistan and worldwide on the auspicious occasion of Eidul Fitr that marks end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting.
In his message to the nation, Dr Arif Alvi appealed to all countrymen to not allow their religious, sectarian, and political differences to become a source of strife and hatred. In order to get out of the current situation, he said that the people needed to adopt the practice of forgiving and follow the Islamic teachings.
He said that Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) also exhorted Muslims to show mercy and forgive others to seek mercy and forgiveness of Almighty Allah. He urged the countrymen to play their part in moving Pakistan towards political and economic stability. “While Ramadan creates piety in us, it also makes us realize sufferings, hunger and distress of others,” he said.
“This realization can be the basis for eradicating poverty and injustice from any society. We should make a pledge on this Eid that we will carry these qualities of piety, and realization with us throughout the year and play our role in making society prosperous.” As Pakistan currently faces difficult political and economic situation, he said that the people needed to abide by the commandments of Almighty Allah to forgive others.
In a separate message, Shehbaz Sharif prayed that the blessed moment may bring for every Muslim immense happiness and joy in life. He said that the fasting month of Ramadan and worship of Almighty Allah evoked feelings of patience, contentment, and empathy and Eidul Fitr was also an occasion to practically demonstrate these qualities.
He advised people to take care of the needy, poor, destitute, and orphans around them. He said that these were difficult times and the sacrifice and love of the well-to-do and rich were needed more than in ordinary circumstances. “Those who are facing difficulties due to some adverse circumstances should be made part of the Eid celebrations.”
The prime minister said that it was persistent effort of the coalition government to put on the people the minimum burden of the difficult economic conditions. “We are striving to the maximum to provide relief to the people. I believe that Almighty Allah will bring us out of these circumstances and the comforts of life will return.”
The prime minister emphasized that everybody would have to contribute to take Pakistan to its destination and to restore its lost status and to achieve that purpose constructive thinking, focus, and constant hard work were needed. “As sweetness of Eid follows the fasting month, our efforts and hard work will bring economic prosperity in Pakistan.”
He appealed to his countrymen to not forget the flood victims on the occasion of Eid and include them in their happiness. “On this occasion, we salute martyrs of the nation who embraced martyrdom while courageously fighting against terrorism and offer our heartfelt condolences to their families,” he said.
In his message, Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf extended warm greetings to Muslims and fellow countrymen on Eidul Fitr. “We are thankful to Almighty Allah who blesses us an opportunity to keep fasts, offer prayers and help our needy brothers and sisters during Ramadan,’’ he said.
He said that Eid day brings happiness for us; however, the true joy emanates from serving others and making them part of our happy moments. He said that Eid was the occasion to promote the spirit of sacrifice, mutual harmony and fraternity.
“Serving others and doing work for the welfare of needy and destitute would prove a strong foundation for the establishment of a welfare Islamic society with an objective to support our needy segment of society,” he said. “Let us renew our pledge and pray for the prosperity and development of the Muslims on the auspicious day of Eid.
In his separate message, Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani called upon the nation to stand united to overcome present socioeconomic challenges. He said that the day of Eidul Fitr not only brings joy and happiness in our lives but also demands us to remember the poor and needy. He said that there’s a dire need of promoting national unity at Eid gatherings.