Islamabad - Former President Asif Ali Zardari has felicitated Muslims throughout the world on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha falling on September 13, 2016 in Pakistan.

In a message he said: “This is a day of expressing willingness to be ready to offer highest sacrifice in the cause of Almighty Allah. On this day I greet Muslims all over the world in general and Pakistan in particular.”

He added: “Eid-ul-Azha reminds us of our responsibilities towards our society and to share the bounties of Allah with less unfortunate of our community. The message of Islam is the message of social justice and the rights of the weak and dispossessed. We have an obligation towards these sections of society. We have to include poor and less fortunate in our joyous occasion and express unity in the nation.”

Zardari said: “I urge my countrymen to reach out to the unfortunate families particularly those who have suffered a lot in the fight against terrorism. I pray that may Allah Almighty bless us with real happiness and delight of Eid-ul-Azha.”

Meanwhile, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has expressed his heartfelt felicitation and warm wishes to the nation and Muslim community around the world. He remarked this in his message on the auspicious occasion of ‘Eid-ul-Azha’ being celebrated today.

The speaker said, ”This is the occasion that gives us the message of sacrifice and transform our deeds for the betterment of humanity.” The speaker highlighted that this holy festival reminds that Islam is the true religion that demonstrate complete ideology of life and address solutions for spiritual, economical, social and political spheres. 

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq remarked that the charitable practices of the Muslim are demonstrated during Eid-ul-Azha with the spirit of sacrifice and recognizing the sufferings of needy people. “This day gives us the message to identify, admit and realize the sufferings of needy people and make best possible efforts to donate for the betterment of humanity and express gratitude for the blessings of Allah,” added the speaker.

The speaker said that Eid-ul-Azha is the symbol of Islamic spirit and sacrifice and reminds us about the teachings of Islam that pave path for success and progression of Muslims around the world.

Realizing the crisis around the world, the speaker requested the Muslim community to pray for the unity of Muslim community and prosperity of the world for bringing peace and brotherhood, he added.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq extended warm greetings to the nation and Muslim community around the world and called for commitment to help the needy people around us who are helpless in order to celebrate the true spirit of this holy festival.

Meanwhile, Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Margaret Adamson felicitated Muslims on Eid. In a message, he said: “I am delighted to send my best wishes to everyone celebrating Eid-ul-Azha in Pakistan, to those celebrating in Australia and across the world.”

“Eid-ul-Azha’s themes of reflection, sacrifice and charity seem more relevant each year given the global challenges we face. These values of tolerance, compassion and generosity towards one another are reflected in the generosity that Muslims all over the world, including the Pakistani community in Australia, have shown over the years. Over 40,000 Pakistanis are currently living in Australia and around 16,000 Pakistani students are studying in Australian universities. They are contributing significantly towards making Australia a prosperous and successful multicultural society. These people to people ties and the shared heritage between our two countries form the basis of our firm bonds with Pakistan,” he added.

Meanwhile, Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf has greeted the nation on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.

The minister, in a message on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha, said, “I greet the whole nation on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Azha and pray to Allah Almighty to give such a happy occasion time and again in our lives”.

He said Eid-ul-Azha was a gift from the Almighty to the Muslims after the sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), who sacrificed his son Hazrat Ismael (AS). Eidul Azha reminded the great sacrifice of Hazrat Ismael (AS).  

The minister said the day of Eid promoted the spirit of love, brotherhood, generosity, tolerance and sacrifice among the people.     

Besides, he said, the Eid day created an environment of increased mutual contacts, which the country direly needed especially int the prevailing situation. Sardar Yousaf said the day demanded that faithful should share joy of Eid with the needy, as it would bring a real happiness to them.