ISLAMABAD: 01, AUGUST, 2020: President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday have congratulated the nation and whole Muslim Ummah on the occasion of Eidul Adha.
In their separate messages on the occasion of Eidul Adha, they both have urged upon the nation to be more dedicated to the cause of Eidul Azha and help the poor and needy, particularly in a situation amid coronavirus.
In his message to the nation on "Festival of the Sacrifice", President Dr Arif Alvi has said while celebrating Eid with a spirit of sacrifice, one must not forget the deserving people.
The president greeted the entire nation and the Islamic world on Eid ul Azha, and said that "surely this happy occasion will bring a lot of happiness and accomplishments in our life".
President Alvi, said Allah Almighty tested His chosen servants by putting them to various challenges.
"These great personalities have been fully successful in the tests, giving us a lesson that the key to success is to be steadfast in the face of trials and difficulties and to be ever ready to make any sacrifice" he added.
He further stated that the whole world was concerned about the deadly virus, which had negatively impacted the people across the globe and claimed vast number of precious lives.
The president quoted a hadith as saying that when the people around Madinah were suffering from famine, Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) forbade them to collect more meat for more than three days (Saheeh Bukhari, hadeeth 5569).
"Therefore, one must find the needy people around them and some share of the sacrifice must be delivered to them," he said.
He stressed that the most important thing at this point was not to ignore the safety measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
"On this occasion, we should pray to Allah Almighty to protect us from the negative impact of this pandemic. Amen," he said.
In a social media message, Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the people to strictly follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on Eid-ul-Azha to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The premier said sacrifice of needless visits to loved-ones will ensure safe and blessed Eid for everyone.
The Prime Minister said Eid-ul-Azha is all about sacrifice and through our adherence to SOPs, we can be savior of humanity. (04)