ISLAMABAD – President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday urged the people to vow to promote tolerance and brotherhood in the society by following teachings of mystics and sufi saints.
In a message on the occasion of urs of Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah, the president felicitated Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed, a PPP leader from Kasur and the organizers for arranging an impressive urs ceremony.
He said the name of Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah needed no introduction and he had an important role in the promotion of Islam.
“Through his mystical poetry, Baba Bulleh Shah taught humans to love their Creator, pinpointed evils in society and preached brotherhood, fraternity, tolerance and goodwill for other humans,” he added. The president said the poetry and message of Hazrat Bulleh Shah and other mystic poets was a common asset and their teachings were not limited for a class, nation or a region but it was a beacon for all people.
He said it was fortunate that mystics in every part of this region not only preached Islam but also promoted the message of tolerance and love for humanity.
“In the backdrop of trends like extremism, sectarianism and violence, the importance and need for the message of mystics is acutely felt like never before,” Zardari added.
“On the occasion of the urs of Hazrat Bulleh Shah, let us pledge that we will promote the feelings of tolerance and brotherhood by following teachings of mystics and will play our individual role to end all evils especially extremism and sectarianism,” he added.
The president expressed the hope that the event will prove to be significant in highlighting the teachings of Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah.
“In the end, I again pay tribute to all organizers, whose efforts made the holding of this event possible,” he added.