January 2007 News

Azad hopeful of peace in J&K

1 January 2007
The Daily Excelsior

Excelsior : Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said the day of Eid-ul-Azha reminded us of firm determination and concrete faith of Hazrat Ibrahim, which should be inspiration for us to work with same determination for bringing peace in the State and serving mankind. Addressing a huge Eid congregation at Eidgah here this morning, he prayed for end of hatred and violence in the State and creation of peace and brotherhood, the essence of Islam. Mr Azad said that Hazrat Ibrahim acting on the commandment of Allah Taala revealed to him in a dream, placed his beloved and faithful son on the altar of sacrifice but before he could offer the sacrifice of his son to God, Allah Taala saved the life of Hazrat Ismail by replacing him with a male goat, giving categorical message to everyone that Allah never wanted that a human being should be killed even though it is offered to Allah. 'Theme behind this was only to test the faith and determination of Hazrat Ibrahim', he added. He said, 'we should get ample lesson out of the philosophy of Eid-ul-Azha and those indulging in killings and harming human beings in the name of religion should shun all kind of violences let loose by them on human beings. I am at a loss to understand who are these elements? Who are responsible for bloodshed in the name of religion'?, He asked that Islam has always taught love, peace and amity. The Chief Minister said Islam never permits bloodshed and causing trouble or creating wedge between people belonging to different faiths as they all are the creation of Allah. Mr. Azad said the vested interests for their benefits have rendered this paradise on earth as hell and it had become difficult for people to live. However, he added, people have now understood these elements and are determined to restore lost glory of the State and cultivate peace for prosperity and khushali. 'The dark chapter of terror is now coming to an end and recent years are witness of the fact that people have revolted against perpetrators of terror and trouble,' he said adding that he was determined to bring people out of morass so that they are able to breathe in the atmosphere of tranquility, love and brotherhood. He said whether it is Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Bodh, it is moral responsibility of all opinion makers to tie them in the bonds of love rather than erect iron walls of hate between various sections of society. Referring to the hanging of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, Mr. Azad said that he alongwith his Council of Ministers have described it unfortunate terming the action as hasty and hurting sentiments of people. He prayed for peace to Saddam's soul. He also prayed for peace to all those souls who have become victims of terrorism in the State. Imam of Eidgah while condemning execution of Mr. Saddam Hussein in strong words, described him a martyr. He also prayed for peace and khushali, of the State, saying that peace is now prevailing fast. A large number of people including Ministers, legislators, senior officers and prominent citizens were present at Eidgah to extend Eid greetings to their Muslim brethren. Eid prayers were also offered at different places in Rajouri, Poonch, Doda, Udhampur and Kathua districts. At all places, a large number of people participated in the prayers.


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