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Eid-ul-Azha celebrated with festivity, religious fervor

  • Published at 10:21 am August 23rd, 2018
Muslims offer prayers on the morning of the Eid-ul-Azha on August 22. Eid was celebrated all across Bangladesh with due zeal and fervour Dhaka Tribune/Rajib Dhar

On the occasion, Muslims offered prayers in congregations, and sacrificed animals in the name of Almighty Allah, on Wednesday

Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival of Muslims, was celebrated across Bangladesh with due solemnity, religious fervor, and zeal.

On the occasion, Muslims offered prayers in congregations, and sacrificed animals in the name of Almighty Allah, on Wednesday.

They also offered a special munajat seeking divine blessings for peace, progress, and prosperity of the country—as well as welfare of the Muslim Ummah, reports BSS.

Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated on the 10th of Zilhajj month, of the Hizri calendar. The holiday marks  when Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), on the day about 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.

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

To commemorate this historic event, Muslims all over the world slaughter sacrificial animals, and draw inspiration from Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and Hazrat Ismail’s (AS) unique sacrifice for Allah.

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

On the occasion, President Abdul Hamid exchanged greetings with people of all strata of lives at the Bangabhaban—while Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina exchanged greetings with citizens at the Ganabhaban.

Meanwhile, millions of people left Dhaka and other major cities to celebrate Eid with their nearest and dearest.

State-run Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar, and other TV channels and radio stations broadcast special programs on Eid.

Later on the day, improved diets were served to those in government hospitals, prisons, orphanages, safe homes, and shelters.

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

President 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 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 at 10:45am.

The largest Eid congregation of Bangladesh was held at Solakhia, in Kishoreganj district. 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–the first at 8am and the second at 9am.

A total of 230 Eid congregations were held under the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and 179 under the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).

Additionally, Eid congregations were held in the field adjacent to Salimullah Muslim Hall at 8am, and the ground adjacent of Shahidullah Hall’s main gate, at 8am.

Three Eid congregations were held at Dewan Bagh Sharif at Arambagh—the first jamaat at 8am, the second at 9:30am and last at 10am.

Amusement parks in the big cities such as: Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi and Khulna, became a main attraction for families with children.

These were decorated with new colours and lights to attract big crowds during the Eid holidays.

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

Also, a large number of holidaymakers thronged to different tourist spots across the country such as: Cox’s Bazar, Sylhet, Kuakata, and St Martin’s Island—to enjoy their leisure time during the Eid vacation.

District administration, upazila administration, and city corporations and councils across Bangladesh also held different events to celebrate Eid in a befitting manner.