Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Mamnoon Hussain stressed the importance of the spirit of sacrifice in their Eidul Azha messages to the nation.
According to the prime minister, the spirit of sacrifice is of universal importance and no nation in the world can progress unless it demonstrates the spirit of sacrifice.
“Observing the Sunnah of Hazrat Ibrahim requires us to exhibit the spirit of sacrifice in all fields of life,” he said. “We have to work for the country’s progress, development and welfare by rising above our personal interests, priorities and prejudices.”
Imran Khan felicitated the Pakistani nation on the Eid and prayed to Allah Almighty to accept the prayers and sacrifices offered by the people and make the same a source of blessings for them.
He said Eidul Azha was observed in remembrance of the submission of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and Hazrat Ismail (AS) before Allah. He said the sacrifice was not about slaying an animal, but submitting before the will of the Almighty and surrendering one’s desires in the way to attain higher objectives. That spirit developed an exceptional quality in a person that helped him stay steadfast in difficult times and did not let him drift away from the righteous path, he said.
“While celebrating our festivities of Eid, we should remember our brothers and sisters, who are facing the brunt of difficult financial conditions,” said the prime minister. “We should also be vigilant lest our neighbour misses the joys of Eid.”
The prime minister said the builders and defenders of Pakistan should also not be forgotten since they had sacrificed their lives for the great mission of safeguarding the country. He prayed to Allah Almighty to bless everyone with the real happiness of Eidul Azha, accept the offerings rendered before Him and guide all to observe the act of worship in its true essence.
The president, in his message on Eidul Azha, said that the day commemorates the obedience, sacrifice and unparalleled examples set by the great prophets of Islam. He said Pakistanis need to follow the lessons of Sunnat-e-Ibrahimi, which teaches humans to sacrifice their egos, which is the key factor behind numerous problems.
The president said the country can overcome political, social and economic problems if we promote the essence of self-sacrifice among the people.
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