Muslims across Bangladesh are offering their prayers and sacrificing animals in the name of Almighty Allah on Wednesday
Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival of Muslims, is being celebrated across Bangladesh with due solemnity and religious fervour.
Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated on the 10th of Zilhajj month of the Hizri calendar. Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), on this day 4,500 years ago, offered to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (AS). Hazrat Ismail (AS) willingly submitted to the will of his father to please Allah.
However, the Almighty, in His benign mercy, spared Hazrat Ismail (AS) and instead sent a ram to be sacrificed.
To commemorate this historic event, on Wednesday, Muslims across the country are offering their prayers in congregations and sacrificing animals in the name of Almighty Allah, reports BSS.
They will offer munajat seeking divine blessings for peace, progress, and prosperity of the country—as well as for the welfare of the Muslim Ummah.
President M Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Begum Rawshan Ershad issued separate messages and greetings on the occasion.
President Hamid will exchange Eid greetings with a cross-section of people, including eminent citizens and diplomats, at his official Bangabhaban residence around 10:30am, Bangabhaban sources said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will also exchange her greetings with the people, including party leaders and workers, judges, and foreign diplomats, at her official Ganabhaban residence—from 10am to 11am.
She will exchange Eid greetings with: the cabinet secretary, the chiefs of the three services, foreign diplomats, senior secretaries, secretaries, and other civil and military officials.
The main Eid congregation was held at the National Eidgah near the High Court Bhaban around 8am.
President M Abdul Hamid offered his Eid prayers at the National Eidgah. Senior Pesh Imam of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Mufti Mawlana Muhammad Ehsanul Huq led the main Eid congregation.
Meanwhile, a separate arrangement was made at the National Eidgah for women to say their Eid prayers.
Eid congregations are being held at 409 spots in Dhaka. Of the total, 230 Eid jamaats, including the main Eid congregation, will be held under the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) while the rest 179 Eid congregations will be held under Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).
The Islamic Foundation’s spokesman said a total of five Eid congregations will be held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, the: first jamaat at 7am, second at 8am, third at 9am, fourth at 10am, and the last one at 10:45am.
According to the organizers, adequate water supply and security arrangements have already been made at the Baitul Mukaram National Mosque to facilitate the Eid-ul-Azha prayers.
One Eid congregation was held at the south plaza of the Sangsad Bhaban at 7:30am. Two Eid congregations were held at the Dhaka University central mosque Mosjidul Jamiah—the first one at 8am and the second one at 9am.
Apart from this, two separate Eid congregations were held on the field adjacent to Salimullah Muslim Hall Main Gate, at 7am, and Shahidullah Hall lawn of Dhaka University, at 8am.
One Eid congregation was also held at Masjid-E-Baitul Haram, in Lalmatia, at 7am.
Earlier on Tuesday, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary said adequate security measures have been taken for peaceful and smooth celebrations of Eid-ul-Azha.
Railway stations, bus, and launch terminals have been overcrowded for the last few days as home-bound passengers are heading for their desired destinations.
Special arrangements have been made by the public private transport companies including: Bangladesh Railway, BRTC, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation, and Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority for smooth travelling of the homebound people.
State-run Bangladesh Television, BTV, Bangladesh Betar, and other TV channels and radio stations will broadcast special programs on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
On the day, improved diets will be served to those in government: hospitals, prisons, orphanages, safe homes, and shelters.
The government earlier declared a three-day public holiday, beginning Tuesday, for Eid-ul-Azha.