Bangladesh celebrates Eid-ul-Azha

Staff Correspondent | Published: 09:31, Aug 01,2020 | Updated: 23:51, Aug 01,2020


Muslim devotees attend Eid jamaat at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka in observance of Eid-ul-Azha on Saturday. – Sony Ramany

Eid-ul-Azha, the second major religious festival of Muslims, was celebrated across Bangladesh on Saturday amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and flood that engulfed almost half of the country.

Millions of Muslims offered prayers at mosques in the morning across the country seeking divine blessings, peace and progress for the country as well as the Muslim Ummah.

At congregations, the devotees sought divine blessings for overcoming the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the flood that damaged croplands and thousands of houses and forced hundreds of thousands of people to leave their home.

Though the government asked people to offer prayers inside mosques and not in the open spaces to check COVID-19 spread, reports received from Mymensingh, Khulna and Jashore said that many devotees had to offer prayers out of the mosques maintaining social distancing for space shortage inside mosques.

The country’s main Eid-ul-Azha congregation was held at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in the capital at 7:00am. Five more congregations were also held there until 11:10am.

Strict security measures were taken to ensure safety and security at mosques during the Eid congregation.

Following the Eid prayers, Muslims performed rituals of sacrificing animals. They distributed sacrificial meat among their families, friends, and the poor.

President Abdul Hamid, prime minister Sheikh Hasina, leader of the opposition in parliament Rawshan Ershad and Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir issued separate messages, greeting the Muslims in Bangladesh and all over the world on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.

The Eid-ul-Azha holiday that began on Friday would end today.

State-run Bangladesh Television and private television channels, as well as radio stations, broadcasted special programmes on the occasion of the Eid.

Special diets were served at hospitals, prisons, government maternity hospitals, old homes and drug rehabilitation centres in the country.

The main Jamaat was held at Jamiatul Falah Masjid in Chattogram, Town Jame Masjid in Khulna, Sadar Upazila Parishad Jame Masjid in Barishal, Hazrat Shahjalal (Rh) Sharine Mosque in Sylhet, Hazrat Shah Makhdum (Rh) Central Jame Masjid in Rajshshi and Eidgah Masjid in Mymensingh, New Age correspondents reported.

On this day, the 10th of Arabic month of Zilhajj, 4,000 years ago, Prophet Ibrahim (AS) offered to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (AS) who willingly submitted to his father’s wish to please Almighty Allah. But the Almighty in His benign mercy spared Hazrat Ismail (AS) and instead placed a sheep to be sacrificed.

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