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Serving humanity spirit of Riyasat-e-Madina: Dr Alvi

FAISALABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi Tuesday said Pakistani nation is inspired by the philosophy of serving the oppressed segments of society, which is the hallmark of our concept of Riyasat-e-Madina.

He was addressing a function after inaugurating “Welfare Complex Chiniot” at Jhang Road, Chiniot. The complex is a project of Chiniot Anjuman-e-Islamia, which comprised of LRBT Secondary Eye Hospital and Sadaqat Model Primary School for the poor people.

The president paid glowing tributes to the Chiniot community and said they were genetically entrepreneurs and did business in every part of the Subcontinent, in addition to generously contributing to social welfare projects. He said that people belonging to Chiniot community had never ignored their culture and neither had they severed their ties with their birthplace Chiniot.

“They never hesitated to sharing burden of the government, and they always took bold initiatives to serve people in their own areas,” he added.

He said that some secular elements also serve humanity, but as a Muslim we take it as our moral and religious obligation to serve the poor. He said that every Muslim has love and affection for the Holy Prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and we must follow in his footsteps.

The president quoted a Hadith that Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) advised people not to shout while passing through a street, keep their eyes lowered and avoid creating hurdles for others. He said that most of philanthropists belonging to Chiniot are ready to serve humanity and this is the spirit behind Riyasat-e-Madina.

He said that our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) never saved money for himself or family and preferred to share it with poor sections of society.

“I feel that Pakistani nation will rise very soon because of its generosity,” he said, and criticised the Western countries who pose themselves as custodians of human rights and said that it was Pakistan which provided refuse to 3.5 million Afghan refugees and none of political leaders opposed it in Pakistan. He said that those who talk of human rights are not ready to accept even few hundred immigrants and many of them were left unattended, to drown in Mediterranean Sea. He said that it is foremost duty of every government to serve people and the government is fulfilling its responsibilities with full devotion.

The president also distributed Lifetime Achievement Awards among three senior members of Chiniot Anjuman-e-Islamia and shields among position holder school children.

Earlier, Mian Mukhtar Ahmad, chairman Sadaqat Textiles, presented welcome address while Chairman Chiniot Anjuman-e-Islamia SM Muneer, Secretary Mian Saleem also spoke.

Later, the president inaugurated the Welfare Complex Chiniot and visited eye hospital and model school.

MNA Sheikh Khurram Shehzad, MNA Qaisar Ahmad Sheikh, Maulana Elyas, Mian Abdullah, Mian Azhar Majeed, Mian Abdullah and others were also present.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.