Monday, August 12th, 2019

Eid-ul-Azha being celebrated with festivity

Published 7:03 pm | August 12, 2019

The holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival of the Muslims, is being celebrated across the country today with due solemnity and religious fervor and amid tight security.

On the occasion, the Muslims across the country are offering prayers in Eid congregations and sacrificing animals in the name of Almighty Allah.

They are also offering special munajat seeking divine blessings for peace, progress and prosperity of the country as well as welfare of the Muslim Ummah.

The Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated on the 10th of Zilhajj month of the Hizri calendar as Hazrat Ibrahim (AS).

On this day, some 4,500 years ago, offered to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (AS) who willingly submitted to the will of his father to please the Almighty Allah.

But the Almighty in His benign mercy spared Hazrat Ismail (AS) and instead sent a ram to be sacrificed.

To commemorate this historic event, the Muslims all over the world slaughter sacrificial animals and draw inspiration from the unique example of sacrifice to please Allah as shown by two great prophets — Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and Hazrat Ismail (AS).

President M Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Begum Rawshan Ershad gave separate messages, greeting the Muslims in Bangladesh and all over the world on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.

The main Eid congregation was held at the National Eidgah in the capital at 8am. Pesh Imam of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Mufti Maulana Mizanur Rahman conducted the main Eid congregation.

President M Abdul Hamid offered his Eid-ul-Azha prayers along with hundreds of people from all walks of life at the National Eidgah.

A total of 582 Eid congregations were held in the capital under two city corporations – Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) – marking the holy Eid-ul-Azha this morning.

Of those, 312 congregations (jamaats) were held under the DSCC and the rest 270 under the DNCC.

A total of five Eid congregations were held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque. The first one was held at 7am, second at 8am, third at 9am, fourth at 10am and the last one at 10.45am.

Our Kishoreganj correspondent reports: One of the biggest Eid congregations of the country was held at Sholakhia Eidgah in Kishoreganj. Town’s Markaj Mosque Imam Maulana Hafizur Rahman Khan conducted the Eid Jamaat there at 8:30 am.

One Eid congregation was held at the south plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban at 7.30 am.

Two Eid congregations were held at the Dhaka University central mosque – the first one at 8am and the second at 9am.

On the other hand, Eid congregation was held at the field adjacent to Salimullah Muslim Hall at 8am. Another Eid congregation commenced at the lawn of Dr Muhammad Shahidullah Hall at 8am.

Besides, an Eid congregation was also held at Baitul Salam Jame Mosque inside the Uttar Nilkhet and Giasuddin Ahmed Residential Area at 8 am.

On the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha also called the “Festival of the Sacrifice”, the Muslims sacrifice animals in the name of Almighty Allah after saying Eid prayers.

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In commemoration of this intervention, an animal is sacrificed and divided into three parts. One share is given to the poor and needy, another is kept for home, and the third is given to relatives.

Meanwhile, millions of people left the capital and other major cities to celebrate Eid with their near and dear ones in the countryside.

State-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) and Bangladesh Betar and other TV channels and radio stations are broadcasting special programmes highlighting the significance of the Eid-ul-Azha (Qurbani).

Important public and private buildings are illuminated in the capital and other cities.

National flag and banner with the inscription of words ‘Eid Mubarak’ were hoisted at public and private buildings and different important points in the capital and other cities across the country.

On the day, improved diets will be served to inmates of government hospitals, prisons, orphanages, safe homes and shelter centers.

The government earlier declared three-day public holiday on the occasion.


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