The Pakistani nation and the government are capable of safeguarding sacred Islamic sites at all costs.
This was said by the prayer leader of the grand mosque of Makkah Imam Muhammad Salih Bin Ibrahim just a day after he met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at his official residence to deliberate over varying challenges the Muslim world is facing.
“Pakistan may be facing hardships and several issues but that doesn’t mean that they have forgotten to protect the religious holy sites,” Ibrahim said while addressing a gathering of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam in connection with their centenary celebrations in Nowshera, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
The Saudi Arabian government and its nation, he added, are thankful to Pakistan and its nation for their firm stance to protect the holy sites.
Urging Muslims to united for Islam, he said that Muslims shouldn’t fight each other, saying such congregations convey the same message.
“Islam doesn’t teach terrorism or sectarianism. It wants the Ummah [Muslim world] to unite and spread the message of peace across the globe,” Ibrahim remarked.
Ibrahim noted that the seminaries and religious parties were spreading the message of peace in the world and denouncing all sorts of terrorism.
Earlier, JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman in his address ensured Imam-e-Kaaba that the Pakistani nation would support and protect the grand mosque and the holy sites, saying doing so is the part of every Muslim’s faith.
“Every child, youth and elder of Pakistan is ready to render sacrifices for the protection of the Islamic holy sites in Makkah and Madina at all costs.”
Denouncing terrorism, Fazl made it clear that Islam has always taught peace and harmony. He highlighted that terrorism had paralysed the society and led to making the country’s economic condition worse.
The JUI-F chief also condemned the ‘shameful’ role of United Nations to resolve the Kashmir issue, saying the people of the occupied territory were facing severe violations of human rights for last several decades.
“The US intervened in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and many other countries and has remained involved in bloodshed just for the sake of taking control of their resources,” Fazl said while calling on US and other foreign troops to vacate Afghanistan in the larger interest of both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Fazlur Rehman also hinted to restore the alliance of religious parties in the upcoming general elections. However, he didn’t mention if he wanted a revival of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) which governed Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa between 2002-08.
Interestingly, Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq addressing the congregation the other day said he was giving the final call on its restoration to Fazl.
Fazl responded saying, “I accept the offer and thankful to those who offered me to take this decision,” and added, “We will be united for the cause of promoting the peaceful message of Islam across the world.”