ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has emphasized on refraining from the heinous practices of selfish interests, sectarianism and terrorism and stressed promotion of welfare of humanity and brotherhood in accordance with the teachings of Islam.
In a message to nation on the commencement of new Islamic year 1439 Hijra, the President said efforts should be made to foster mutual love and fraternity by following the teachings of Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon Him).
President Mamnoon said Muharram-ul-Haram is one of the four sacred months which have been described in the Holy Quran as the most revered and blessed months.
He expressed best wishes for the nation and entire Muslim community on the start of new Islamic year and prayed that may this year turn out to be a source of blessings for the Muslim Ummah.
He said the origin of Hijri year dates back to the migration of Hazrat Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and his companions from Makkah Mukarramah to Madina Munawarah, who on suffering the oppression of infidels of Makkah, left their homes as a great example of submission to the Will of Allah Almighty.
The President said the Hijrat (migration) laid the foundation of an exemplary relationship of brotherhood between Ansaar (helpers) and Muhajireen (migrants) which made the Muslim Ummah a practical model of strength and unity.
He said another importance of this sacred month is the great and noble sacrifice of the family of Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him) which rejuvenated the spirit of Islam.
He said the Martyrs of Karbala protected the sanctity of Islam by laying their lives.
President Mamnoon said these two great examples have set direction as a way of life and also guide about not indulging in malpractices of sectarianism and terrorism.
He prayed to Allah Almighty to bless everyone with the bounties of sacred month of Muharram and guide all to lead their lives with mutual love and tolerance by adhering to the glowing principles of Islam.