DHAKA: The holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival of the Muslims, was elebrated across the country today (August 1) with due solemnity and religious fervor.
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 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 across the country offer prayers in congregations and sacrifice animals in the name of Almighty Allah. They offer munajat seeking divine blessings for peace, progress and prosperity of the country as well as welfare of the Muslim Ummah.
Muslims celebrated the Eid-ul-Azha festival following strict health rules considering the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the world including Bangladesh.
Muslims around the world celebrated the festival with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks.
The government officials and employees have been asked to stay their workstations during the Eid holiday.
A total of six Eid congregations were held at the National Baitul Mukarram Mosque celebrating the Eid-ul Azha.
President M Abdul Hamid offered the prayers of Eid-ul-Azha along with his family members and some senior officials at Bangabhaban Durbar Hall here this morning.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted all Freedom Fighters (FFs) of the country on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Azha. She sent flowers, fruits and sweetmeats to the war-wounded FFs and members of the martyred families at Martyred and War-wounded Freedom Fighters’ Rehabilitation Centre (Muktijoddha Tower-1) at Gaznavi Road in the capital’s Mohammadpur area as a mark of her good wishes for them.
Important public and private buildings were 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.
Besides, improved diets were served to inmates of government hospitals, prisons, orphanages, safe homes and shelter centers.
Necessary security measures were taken for peaceful and smooth celebration of the holy Eid-ul-Azha. The law enforcement agencies were also asked to ensure smooth movement of vehicles on highways, waterways and train routes.
BDST: 1800 HRS, AUG 01, 2020