Respect for all religion, unity vital for building a strong nation: LG

Affectionate send-off for Haj pilgrims
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Port Blair
9 Jul 2017

An affectionate send- off function for the Haj pilgrims for the year 2017 to Macca- Islam’s holiest city in Saudi Arabia from the A&N Islands was organized by Jamat-e-Ulama, A&N Islands at Dr BR Ambedkar auditorium here on Sunday. The Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi was the chief guest on the occasion. The Member of Parliament, Mr Bishnu Pada Ray, ex- Member of Parliament from Tamil Nadu, Prof. KM Kader Moideen, Chairman, A&N Islands State Hajj Committee, Alhaj. Gulam Hussain Jadwet and General Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Hajj Service Society, Mohammed Afzal were the guests of honour.
In his address, the Lt. Governor said, Haj pilgrimage for the Muslim brethrens is organized once in a year in Macca. Around 50 lakh Muslims from all over the world without any discrimination assemble and perform ibadat in a special dress and this gives the message of brotherhood, he said. The Lt. Governor mentioned that those who perform Haj, all his sins are forgiven. He also quoted Prophet Mohammed who said those who gives trouble to others cannot be a true Muslim. Performing Haj ibadat in Muslim religion is the 5th important task to be performed for those who are in good health and can bear the expense.
The Lt Governor stated that people who are going for Haj this year are the blessed one’s as they have been invited by ‘Khuda’ to his house. He gave his blessings to the Haj Pilgrims and wished that their journey be accomplished safely. He urged the Pilgrims to pray for the prosperity and well-being of the Islands. Islam is not only a universal religion but also a peaceful religion, Lt Governor said. He said Prophet Mohammed has given the message of brotherhood, peace and love. According to Kuran, all of us are the sons of one human being and are brothers, said the Lt Governor. He said that in Islam, it is said ‘Daughters are the way to heaven’.
The Lt Governor said A&N Islands is described as ‘Mini India’ and people from different parts of the country live here in peace and harmony. He said,  inter religion marriages are held in the Islands and this shows the unity and brotherhood prevalent here. He appealed to the people of the Islands to respect all religion and work in unison for development of the country.
The Member of Parliament, Mr Bishnu Pada Ray said that the GoI has increased the quota for Haj pilgrimage to 52 and his effort will be for increasing it to 100. He disclosed that the Ministry of Minority Affairs has floated a number of schemes under which funds are provided for the upliftment and welfare of minorities. He said according to Quran, a Muslim should perform Haj once in their lifetime and if not possible due to ill health, they should sponsor a person from economically weaker section to go for Haj.
Prof. KM Kader Moideen described A&N Islands as a land of neatness, purity and peace. He said, going for  pilgrimage makes a man pure and urged the pilgrims to pray for the prosperity of the country and A&N Islands. Prof Moideen also described India as a land of spirituality. He praised the Lt. Governor and the MP for attending the function.
The Lt. Governor, MP, Prof. KM Kader Moideen and others distributed suit cases to Haj pilgrims who are to embark on the pilgrimage to Macca. Various other speakers on the occasion spoke on the importance of Haj pilgrimage.