Report Shadman Zain
BOONI: The birth anniversary of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was held with religious zeal and fervor at the Government High School for Boys Booni on Friday. The event was organized by the Ismaili Council for Upper Chitral in collaboration with the DJ celebration task force for Jammati programmes and activities.
Chairman Ismaili Tariqa and Religious Education Board (ITREB) Upper Chitral Syed Ahmed Ali Shah welcomed he participants and shared with them the objectives of the event.
Syed Sardar Hussain Shah, MPA, presided over the ceremony while Assistant Commissioner Mastuj Faiz Qureshi was the chief guest.
In his presidential speech, MPA Sardar Hussain Shah shed light on the life of Muhammad (PBUH) and said that he is the prophet of the entire mankind and universe. He came at a time when the human race was at the verge of decay; he illuminated and reinvigorated the sense of humanity in the mankind, he added.
Ali Akbar Qazi, scholar Ismaili Tariqa and Religious Education Board (ITREB) Chitral, while narrating the life story of Muhammad (PBUH) said his life and teachings are a beacon of light, and added that he was sent to the world as Rehmat ul Lil Alamin. Commenting on the significance of the holy Prophet, he quoted a verse from the holy Quran which says: “Allah and his angels shower blessings on Muhammad (PBUH). O ye who believe! Asks blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation.”
While expressing his opinion on the Sirat of the holy Prophet, renowned scholar and principal of Government High School Garum Chashma Qazi Ghulam Rabbani said the revered birth of the holy Prophet is the biggest blessing and event in history since it totally transformed the contours of human society. He added that the Prophet (PBUH) said, ‘He was sent to ‘perfect the morals’. However, he lamented that despite claiming to love the holy Prophet Muslims today are not following his teachings in true sense.
Assistant Commissioner Faiz Qureshi said Muhammad (PBUH) taught the golden principles of peace, harmony, brotherhood, respect for humanity, forgiveness, justice and fair play. He quoted a verse from the Holy Quran which says: “An illuminating lamp” used to describe Holy Prophet; and he went further to explain it and said, just as lamp dispels darkness, through his prophet, Allah seeks to illuminate the souls of mankind. He was of the view that, by following the universal teachings of Prophet (PBUH), we would be able to bring positive change and prosperity in the society.
Sardar Hakim, an activist and member tehsil council Charun UC, was of the view that participation of youth in such events may help them groom in a right way. He urged the need to encourage the participation of youth in large number in such future events.
People from different walk of life attended the event in a large number to pay homage to the holy Prophet on his birth anniversary. They applauded the arrangements and expressed their desire to continue the tradition in future. It is pertinent to note that this event was unique as it testified the very fact that inter-sectarian harmony that was purported to exist actually prevailed in true spirit between the communities in Chitral since the programme encompassed the members and speakers of both communities.
Students from the Government High School Booni and other adjacent areas performed Naat and Hamd. It added mystical ambiance to the already blessed occasion. The event concluded with a thank you note given by Mr. Amin Mukhtar, focal person of task force for Jamati activities of diamond jubilee celebration.
Report Shadman Zain