SRINAGAR – Three former chief ministers – Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah – and other politicians from different political parties greeted people on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, which will be celebrated on Wednesday.
National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah extended warm greetings to the people on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Adha. ”The auspicious day commemorates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) to sacrifice his son, Hazrat Ismail (AS) in the way of the Almighty. The all merciful Almighty however spared Hazrat Ismail (AS) by staying in Hazrat Ibrahim’’ Hand and placing a ram in his place. Hence the day is reminiscent of the greatest sacrifice in the history of mankind,” Dr Abdullah said.
On this day, he said it is imperative for all of us to prioritise the poor and deserving by doing everything possible to bring smiles on their faces. ”The core philosophy of the day evokes deep concern for the needy and offers us a window of opportunity to alleviate the plight of the poor and destitute and imbue ourselves with the spirit of compassion, generosity, empathy and care. May the day provide relief to the beleaguered people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and rid them of all the tribulations and problems they are facing,” he said.
In her message, Ms Mufti, who is the president of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prayed that the blessed festival further inculcates the values of selfless service, piety and care about each other among us.
Ms Mufti said the occasions like Eid should invite us to think about happiness and welfare of those who cannot afford the necessities of life or who became victims of fate due to one reason or the other. ”On this day, let’s give handholding to orphans, widows, destitute and any other who needs it. There lies the real spirit of celebrating Eid-ul-Adha,” she said.
She hoped the day brings an everlasting joy, peace and happiness to the people of the State.
Meanwhile, extending warm felicitations to the people, NC Vice president Omar Abdullah said, ”At the very beginning, I wish Eid Mubarak to all. The auspicious day of the Eid Al Adha stresses on the need for equality of mankind, god consciousness, generosity, alms giving and peaceful coexistence of the entire human kind.”
”I hope and pray that the day strengthens the cord of brotherhood between the different communities in J&K and Ladakh. I also hope that the day acts as a harbinger of healthier times, and much needed peace and stability to the entire region,” he said.
In his felicitation message, Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone wished all Muslims around the world a peaceful and joyful Eid-ul-Adha. ”I extend my warm wishes to the people on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Adha. May this Eid deepen the spirit of harmony, peace and progress in Jammu and Kashmir. I urge people to take extra care in view of the COVID-19 pandemic on this occasion,” he said.
”We should thank Almighty Allah for the blessings bestowed on us. Eid-ul-Adha teaches and reminds us of the meaning of sacrifice, love and forbearance with God and in our relationships with one another. We must remember economically downtrodden and underprivileged sections of the society who are worst affected by the COVID-19 lockdown and make them part of the Eid Celebration by extending all support to the people in need,” he added.