ISLAMABAD: Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) personality and life was guideline for the Ummah, said Special Assistant to PM on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Thursday.
Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf government was committed to make Naya Pakistan an Islamic welfare state on the principles of State of Madina she said addressing the All Pakistan Naat Competition in connection with the celebrations of Eid Miladun Nabi (Peace Be Upon Him) at National Broadcasting House.
The SAPM said Pakistan, Turkey and Malaysia would jointly establish a TV channel to promote real face of Islam before the world. She said Radio Pakistan had been arranging this event since 1983 to highlight different aspects of life of Holy Prophet.
She said such gatherings provided an opportunity to end hatred and spread love.
Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said Muslims faith was incomplete without believing in Muhammad PBUH as last prophet of God.
She urged the private media to follow the footsteps of Radio Pakistan and PTV by arranging such programmes to promote national thought. She also congratulated Radio Pakistan and PTV for arranging Naat competition every year.
She said Radio Pakistan had been arranging this event since 1983 to highlight different aspects of life of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).
She urged youth to study the life of the Holy Prophet to adopt the living style according to the Quran and Sunnah.
She said Radio Pakistan and PTV had an important role in the development of modern media. She said these two institutions were also playing imperative role to end hatred.
The Special Assistant said that the government was striving to eliminate corruption from the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan and it was committed to uplift the living standards of the people.
Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri said Na'at competitions had been the major inspiration for the Muslims and a golden tradition of national life.
He said these competitions were the oldest sublime tradition of the country. The minister, highlighting the Seerat of Holy Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) stated that all prophets from Hazrat Adam to Isa Ibn-e-Maryam had indicated in clear terms about the era of last Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).
Qadri also quoted precedents of sheer love and respect by the Companions and Ulema and Sufi saints with the Last Prophet throughout the Islamic history.
He commended the initiatives taken by the incumbent government for highlighting different aspects of Seerah of Holy Prophet (PBUH) through the platform of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
He said Allama Muhammad Iqbal had envisioned a separate homeland for Muslims of the Subcontinent, adding extensive efforts were made by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jannah to materialize the dream.
The both great leaders also had a vision to make Pakistan a model of "Riast-e-Madina", for which Prime Minister Imran Khan had been making full efforts to ensure the objective, he added.
He expressed the disappointment over tactics of specific elements to create instability by using religious card.
The Na'at Competition was also attended Director General Radio Pakistan Samina Waqar, PTV officials, panel of judges, Naat Khawans and people from across the country.
At the end, Minister for Religious Affairs Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan and Director General Radio Pakistan Samina Waqar distributed cash prizes among the top three position holders and other competitors.
According to results, first prize under 15 years boys category was awarded to Muhammad Maarij Amjad from Baluchistan, 2nd prize to Saqib Muhiyyudin from Punjab while the 3rd prize to Syed Ahmad Raza from Islamabad Capital Territory, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.
In the category of girls under 15 Mueeza Batool from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa got first prize, Aila Gul Agha from Sindh 2nd while Laiba Rafeeq from Punjab got 3rd prize.The first prize in the category of boys 15-25 years was awarded to Syed Saqib Gilani from Islamabad Capital Territory, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir, 2nd prize to Muhammad Yasir from Punjab, while the 3rd prize to Muhamad Hammad from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.In the category of girls 15-25 years Alina Tariq from Punjab got first prize, Dareen Gohar from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 2nd while Hafiza Eisha from Sindh got 3rd prize.
The cash prizes worth Rs50000, Rs40000, and Rs30000 rupees were awarded to first, second, and third position holders respectively. All the other participants got Rs20,000 each as cash prize.