Remember deprived people of society, Imran says in Eid message

Islamabad: Pakistanis celebrated Eid Al Adha on Wednesday with fervour by offering prayers and sacrificing livestock to mark the end of Haj and commemorate Prophet Ebrahim’s test of faith.

The day dawned with special Eid prayers in mosques for the well-being of Muslim Ummah, progress, prosperity and security of the country. After offering Eid prayers, the faithful slaughtered their sacrificial animals and then gave away meat to friends, family and those in need.

Prime Minister Imran Khan marked the occasion by congratulating the nation, and praying to Almighty Allah to accept the sacrifices and prayers. On this day, he urged people, “not to forget those who are deprived in this hour of happiness”. Khan reminded the nation that sacrifice “is a universal devotion without which no nation can progress”. The prime minister also reminded the nation to remember the sacrifices rendered for protection, reconstruction and development of the country.

President Mamnoon Hussain congratulated and extended his greetings to the nation on Eid Al Adha. “Pakistanis need to follow the lessons of Sunnat-e-Ebrahimi (sacrifice), which teaches humans to sacrifice their egos, which is the key factor behind numerous problems,” he said.

President Hussain offered Eid prayer in Karachi and especially prayed for Pakistan’s security, prosperity and development.

Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major General Asif Gafoor wished a happy Eid to Pakistanis on behalf of the armed forces of Pakistan. He also conveyed Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s message. “May Allah Almighty bless our motherland with peace and prosperity”, General Bajwa said.

Extending his best wishes to the nation, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said, “This symbolic day of thankfulness, love, sincerity, submission and purity reminds us of the great personalities. On this sacred day, we concur we will not avoid rendering any sacrifice for the safety of Pakistan.”

On Eid Al Adha, strict security measures were employed in Pakistan and hundreds of police officers were positioned in major cities, including Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta.

As many as 2,000 police personnel were deployed in Islamabad city on Eid holidays. In the federal capital of Islamabad, the main Eid congregation was held at Faisal Mosque, where federal ministers, politicians, parliamentarians, Muslim diplomats joined thousands of faithful in prayers.

In Lahore, the main congregation was held at the historic Badshahi Mosque, along with many other places where nearly 20,000 police personnel performed their duties as part of security measures.

In Sindh province, more than 45,000 police personnel were stationed at all Eid congregation places as well as parks, beaches, shopping centres, airports, railway stations and important buildings to avert any untoward incidents.

In Karachi, the main congregation of Eid was held at Gulshan-e-Jinnah (old Polo Ground) while in Peshawar, the biggest Eid congregation was held at Eidgah Charsadda Road. In Quetta, the main prayer congregation was held at Eidgah Toghi Road Quetta whereas in Muzaffarabad, the main gathering was held at Markazi Eid Gah.

Muslims across the world celebrate the annual festival of Eid Al Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice, which marks the end of Haj to Makkah. On this day, Muslim families commemorate Prophet Ebrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to God by slaughtering an animal such as a sheep, cow or goat and then give away the meat to those in need.


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