ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani  laid emphasis on following the teachings of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).

In his message on Eid Miladun Nabi, President Zardari urged Muslims to follow Sunnah to improve their lives. The President said, “The day reminds us to continue with efforts to brighten our days and nights in the light of teachings of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).”

He said, “The reality is that in today’s world the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) are needed more than ever and as the adherents of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), it is our responsibility that we must improve our lives by following Sunnah.”

The President said, “We should refrain from every action that is unacceptable and harms anybody’s life, property, dignity, honour and highest human values because it is the foundation of religion.” In his message, Prime Minister Gilani said there is no place for terrorism in Islam.

“Those, who spread disorder and chaos, cannot even claim to be Muslims as the scourge of terrorism and extremism is incompatible to the essence of Islamic teachings,” he said, adding that the Muslims around the world, including Pakistan, are celebrating Eid Miladun Nabi with religious zeal. He said it is a sacred day for the Muslims and the entire humanity.

He said, “The Holy Prophet (PBUH) brought the Holy Quran and Islam, which would continue to serve as a beacon of light for all human beings till the Day of Judgment.”

Gilani said, “I would like to congratulate the Ummah, including the people of Pakistan living in the country as well as abroad.”

He said with the arrival of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), the clouds of infidelity evaporated and the message of peace, love and equality became eternal.

He said the Holy Prophet (PBUH) brought about a social and spiritual revolution in the world and hence changed human history.

He said the Holy Prophet (PBUH) spread the values of love, peace, tolerance and compassion and told the world that Islam is a universal religion of peace, which guarantees human dignity, brotherhood and welfare without any discrimination.

The way Islam spread was unbelievable it demonstrates the power of persuasion of the Islamic teachings, he added.

Gilani said Islam, is a universal religion; it guides the humanity to the path of peace, security and welfare.

He said the literal meaning of Islam is peace and total submission to the will of Allah Almighty.

He said the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is a perfect and practical interpretation of the Holy Quran.

The Prime Minister said Islam presents such an excellent code of life as founded on the lofty principles of Sovereignty of Allah Almighty, brotherhood, equality and respect for humanity.

“Islam is firmly opposed to nepotism, sectarianism, oppression and coercion and fully rejects exploitation of every kind,” he added.

Gilani said Islam does not allow anyone to spread violence and strife on earth and forbids people to kill others.

He said the essence of Islamic teachings is that a human being must respect other human beings irrespective of any discrimination of caste, creed or race etc.

The Prime Minister said, “We can make the world a hub of peace by acting upon the teachings of Islam.”

He said since Islam preaches peace and love, those who enter its fold become the embodiment of the same.

The Prime Minister said there is a dire need to resort to splendid traditions and teachings of Islam in the contemporary world to make it respond to emerging challenges in a proactive manner.

He said the entire life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is a beacon of light and worthy of emulation by man of every age.

Gilani said the personality of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) is characterised by such attributes as sympathy for others, generosity, bravery, mercifulness and hospitality.

The Prime Minister said, “Let us pledge to act upon the Sunnah and prove to the world that the Muslims are the torchbearers of peace in the world. Let us vow to spread his message in a world, which is torn apart by strife and violence.”