PM Gilani pledges to continue efforts to promote Islamic values
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has pledged to continue efforts to promote Islamic values and character and make teachings of Islam part of daily life. In his message to the nation at the beginning of new Islamic year on Muharram 1, he said, "the month of Muharam is sacred and blessed in view of the Islamic history and events."
He said Muharram and the last month of Islamic calendar Zilhaj are reminders of sacrifice and offerings which are the pinnacles of the 1400 years of Islamic history.
"At start of the new year, we have to look into the conditions and issues which are faced by Islam," he said adding Allah Almighty has given immense resources to the Islamic world.
The Prime Minister said Muslims are serving the humanity for centuries and they have an important role to play in solving problems faced by Islamic world.
Problems can be solved if a strategy is formulated realistically and with farsightedness and sagacity. There is no reason that Muslims cannot revive their past glory and realise the dream of a renaissance, he added.
Gilani said Pakistan is the first state which came into being in the name of Islam and it had a critical role in the promotion and progress of Islam in the last fifty years.
"Our government is active in solving basic issues of Islamic world," he said adding, "we unconditionally extend political and moral support for the rights of the oppressed Muslims of Occupied Kashmir and Palestine and the whole Islamic world."
The Prime Minister said the government is continuing efforts at state level and from the forum of Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) for promotion of science and technology and economic and social progress in Islamic world.
"We consider close cooperation with Arab countries as critical elements of our foreign policy," he added.
Gilani said, "we fully believe that the mutual unity and collaboration of Islamic world is a guarantee of prosperous future."
He reminded that Pakistan was playing role of a frontline state for ensuring world peace and this was accepted by all of the civilized world.
Gilani said, "Islam teaches economic justice and social equality, good behaviour and tolerance and we will utilize these values in our national life and follow the teachings of Holy Quran according to orders of Allah."
He appealed to people to promote an environment of unity and reverence among Muslims during Muharramul Haram particularly in the first ten days of the month.
"We will foil conspiracies of elements who fan sectarianism and petty differences to damage the unity of Muslims."
He said Islam gives lesson of patience, tolerance and perseverance and obligations of Muslims are to say truth in front of evil forces and keep the flag of Islam high. The Prime Minister prayed for strength and guidance to Muslims to serve Islam and live according to Quranic teachings during the new Islamic year. -App
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