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Eid-ul-Azha celebrated with due religious fervor across the country

30Muslim devotees offer munajat seeking divine blessings for peace, progress and prosperity of the country.

The holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival of the Muslims, was celebrated across the country with due solemnity and religious fervour.

On the occasion, the Muslims across the country offered prayers in congregations and sacrificed animals in the name of Almighty Allah. They offered munajat seeking divine blessings for peace, progress and prosperity of the country as well as welfare of the Muslim Ummah.

For the first time in the history of Bangladesh, the country men observed this holy occasion without the two major politicians Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Hundreds of Muslims including political leaders, judges of the Supreme Court, diplomats, high civil and military officials and educationists offered their Eid-ul-Azha prayers on the National Eidgah Maidan. The jamaat was arranged under the auspices of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).

The Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated on the 10th of Zilhajj month of the Hizri calendar as Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), on this day some 4,000 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 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).

The government took elaborate programmes to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha across the country.
The celebration began with Eid congregations across the country followed by sacrifice of cattle in the name of Allah.

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

Railway stations were seen overcrowded for the last few days as were bus and launch terminals as home-goers headed for their destinations. Makeshift cattle markets in the city as elsewhere have been witnessing a rush of buyers for sacrificial animals.

A three-day Eid holiday had begun yesterday. Newspaper offices would also remain closed for three days until September 26.

State-run Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar and other TV channels and radio stations are airing special programmes on the Eid.

National flags were hoisted at different government and non-government offices and Bangladesh missions abroad marking the day. City streets were decorated with national flags and festoons inscribed with different messages on Eid-ul-Azha. Important public and private buildings has been illuminated in the capital and other cities.

Dhaka City Corporations (North and South) took necessary preparations to clear garbage and animal wastes from the city streets immediately after the sacrifice of animals by city dwellers.

The Environment and Forest Ministry urged all to dump wastes to be generated from sacrificed animals into dustbins to help keep the city clean.

On the day, better foods were served to hospitals, prisons, orphanages, safe homes and shelter centers. President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Begum Raushan Ershad issued separate messages, greeting the Muslims in Bangladesh and all over the world on the occasion of Eid-ul Azha.

Special arrangements have been made for women and foreign diplomats to say Eid prayers at the National Eidgah.

Five more congregations were also held at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque at 7 am, 8 am, 9 am, 10 am and at 11 am. Two city corporations — Dhaka South and Dhaka North –arranged 362 Eid congregations in the capital. Of those, Dhaka South held 228 congregations.

The Parliament Secretariat arranged an Eid congregation at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban at 7 am. Cabinet members, officials and employees of the secretariat and locals offered prayers there.

In all congregations, special prayers offered for unity and integrity of the Muslim ummah, and peace, progress and prosperity of the nation.