Message of Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Prime Minister of Pakistan on the Occasion of Youm-e-Ashura
Islamabad: Today is the day of Ashura. This day has a special significance in Islamic history. This is the day when Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), the Holy Prophet’s grandson, took on the forces of falsehood for the gory of Islam.
On this very day, the battle was fought between the forces of truth and falsehood, which would continue to impart Muslims a lesson of sustained struggle against oppression and tyranny till the Day of Judgment. In fact, this battle for truth is not only beacon of light for the Muslims but also for the entire mankind.
The incident of Karabla proved to the world that it is the truth which holds sway in fight against the evil forces. If a nation is on the right path and bearer of truth, superiority in military weapons cannot discourage or defeat it.
The power of faith is so strong that it can bring down any adversary. In the plains of Karbala, the companions of Imam Hussain (RA) were very small in number with little weapons. But they fought bravely against the forces of Yazid that were equipped with the state of art weaponry and thus became instrumental in the victory of truth over falsehood.
The battle between forces of truth and falsehood imparts us a lesson of sacrifice and selflessness. This great event in the human history taught us that we can fight against any challenge by implementing the universal principles of Islam. We must create a spirit of forbearance, sympathy and tolerance.
Our great religion, Islam, stands for brotherhood, equality, truthfulness, and justice. By implementing these principles in our lives, we cannot only succeed in this world and the hereafter but also ensure the universality of the Islamic message.
The principles for which Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) sacrifice his life and the path he chose for the Muslims, we can become an ideal society if we adopt those principles in our individual and collective lives.
The strife and challenges faced by our dear homeland these days at individual and collective levels represent a battle between truth and falsehood. By following Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) in his footprints, we are determined against the forces of falsehood in this battle.
By the grace of God, with the support of people of Pakistan and strength of our faith, we would succeed in this world and in the world hereafter by defeating the forces of falsehood. We would continue to fight against terrorism and extremism unless these forces are thoroughly routed.
We are fully determined and on this day of Ashura, we reiterate our pledge that we would further strengthen unity, political and social harmony, mutual tolerance, and brotherhood in our ranks.
Come and let us vow that we would follow the principles espoused by Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) for security of our motherland and glory of Islam and would not hesitate to offer any sacrifice for the sake of Islamic principles.
May Allah give us courage to stand our ground against the forces of falsehood! (Amen)
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