Pakistanis are celebrating Eidul Azha today (Sunday) with religious zeal and fervour, as the country continues to report a steady rise in COVID-19 cases – mostly being attributed to the sub-variants of Omicron.

While celebrations are in full swing, several parts of the country are recovering from the damage of this week’s rains.

The day dawned with prayers in mosques for the well-being of the Muslim Ummah and progress, prosperity and security of the country.

Eid prayers’ congregations were held at mosques, Eidgahs and open places in all cities, towns and villages.

Ulema, in their sermons of Eid, highlighted the significance of the philosophy of the sacrifice offered by Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and Hazrat Ismail (AS).

People are offering the sacrifice of animals to follow the sunnah of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS).

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: President Dr Arif Alvi felicitated the nation and the Islamic world on the auspicious occasion of Eidul Azha.

In a message, he said: “I pray to Allah Almighty to accept the Ibadah, Hajj and sacrifices of the Pakistani nation and the Muslim Ummah. Amen!”

He said Eidul Azha reminds us of the submission and obedience of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and Hazrat Ismail (AS) before the command of Allah.

President Alvi stressed that the act of sacrifice reflects a believer’s determination that they are ever ready for the greatest sacrifice in the name of Allah.

The spirit of sacrifice carries a universal significance, he said, adding no nation can prosper without inculcating a spirit of sacrifice.

Sacrifice is not merely an act of animal slaughter, but its real goal is to sacrifice personal desires for accomplishing a higher purpose, he noted.

This spirit of sacrifice grants such an ability to human beings that they keep following the righteous path despite the most trying circumstances, he added.

“As our dear country faces economic challenges, there is a dire need to effectively utilise this spirit of sacrifice,” the president said.

“On the occasion of Eidul Azha, the entire Pakistani nation must reaffirm that instead of pursuing self-interest, greed, and avarice, we will inculcate the spirit of brotherhood, selflessness, love and empathy to help the needy and destitute around us so that we may emerge as a strong nation in these testing times,” he added.

PRIME MINISTER’S MESSAGE: In his message to the nation, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said the real meaning of sacrifice is obedience and submission to Allah.

“Allah sees the intention of His obedient people and on that basis gives the reward,” he said.

He noted that Muslims can fulfill their obligation during the special occasion of Eidul Azha by helping out orphans, widows, needy and the poor.

“We should share the happiness of Eid with the needy and deprived around us, who are affected by the wave of international inflation,” the premier said.

“We should also not forget those affected by the recent floods and rains and fully help them in this hour of need. It is our duty to support them and share their grief.”

He said the young generation can learn a lot from the meaning of sacrifice during Eid.

The PM called upon the youth to become a living example of tolerance, patience, selflessness and sacrifice in society.

He appealed to the public to strictly follow precautionary measures against the coronavirus pandemic.

He directed the district administrations and departments concerned to carry out their responsibilities efficiently, timely dispose of animal waste and ensure cleanliness.

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