By Khadijah Shah
SARGODHA, PAKISTAN: International Day of Peace was celebrated today on September 21 around the world. United Religions Initiative (URI) Pakistan showed its crucial presence on this event. On September 20, ROD CC URI organized a function at Christian Primary School, Chak 79NB Sargodha.
From the Rays of Development Organization (ROD CC URI), Chairman Ferhan Mazher, Nadeem Samuel, Imran Mazher, Noman Sharjeel, Adnan Saeed, Adil Naseem and Asher Emmanuel attended the function. The Chief Guest was Rev. Zahid Kamal (PCCC)
The function began by the performance of a class 5 student, Iqra Basharat, who recited some Biblical verses. After that, Sumera Murad of class 5 uttered Naat (song for Hazrat Muhammad PBUH). Asher Emmanuel, the stage secretary, introduced the guests.
Nadeem Samuel (ROD) spoke about URI, its aims, structure, motives and achievements. He said that URI is an International Campaign for creating peace amongst different religions.
“At the dawn of the 21st century, there is a new spirit of peace emerging throughout the world. People of all nationalities, religions and ethnic backgrounds are coming to recognize that we are a part of the family, sharing one precious planet. Whatever are the differences, we can all agree that peace on earth is good for everyone, as well as the highest calling of all our religions”, he said.
Samuel said that URI Pakistan has been a leader in promoting and celebrating the international day of peace as well in conveying URI principles and preambles, affirming that ROD also is a part of this international peace campaign.
Sehrish Khalid of class 4 presented a poem about ‘Peace’. Iqra Basharat, Nomi Lazar, Shiza Komal and Komal Fariad sang a song ‘Naghmay Aman Kay Gaein’ meaning ‘lets sing the songs of peace.’
Ferhan Mazher, Chairman (Rays of Development Organization), told the children about the activities of URI. He said that United Nations started it off desiring to bring harmony in all religions and casts.
“The 2008 IDP offers a particularly strong opportunity for support by people of faith, because September 21, 2008 falls during holy month of Ramzan”, Mazher said.
URI encourages Muslims to organize ‘Peace Aftars’ to break their fast on this evening, and to have the announcement at the Dhohar prayers, he said. URI encourages Christians to organize the IDP in church services and ring church bells at 12 noon, he said.
Shaista Iqbal, Sehrish Khalid, Nisha Saleem, Naila Arif and Waseeqa Yaqoob came to sing the song, ‘Aman Ka Shezada Aya’ meaning ‘The Prince of Peace had arrived’.
Rev. Zahid Kamal thanked URI and all the participants as well as the public. He stated that URI and ROD are doing a wonderful job. He informed the students that differences are to be celebrated and not
hated. Let us celebrate diversity and individuality.
Madam Zareena, the Principal of Christian Primary School, thanked URI and ROD for organizing the program, and said that such programs are very beneficial for the upcoming generations as they provide them with awareness, understanding and alertness.
About 150 students attended the function with teachers Tooba Emmanuel and Fouzia Auston. ROD CC URI brought sweets and candies, which were distributed amongst all the students. The students belonged to different religions; Sunni Muslims, Shia Muslims, Ahmadis and Christians. All the children in the end stood, holding playcards in their hands, on which ‘MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARHT’ was written. Then all the community in that school raised slogans:
May peace prevail in Pakista
May peace prevail on Earth
Rays of Development CC URI