Eid-ul-Azha today

Eid-ul-Azha today

Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival of the Muslims, is being celebrated across the country today with due solemnity and religious fervour.

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 are offering prayers in congregations and sacrifice 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.

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President M Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages, greeting the Muslims in Bangladesh and all over the world on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Azha.

Besides, opposition leader in the parliament Begum Raushan Ershad also greeted the nation on the eve of the holy Eid-ul Azha festival.

Considering the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the world including Bangladesh, Muslims are set to celebrate the Eid-ul-Azha festival following strict health rules.

The festival appeared very unlikely to resemble that of previous years as many countries banned the traditional Eid congregations as part of measures to halt the spread of coronavirus.

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Muslims around the world are celebrating the festival with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks.

Bangladesh authorities urged people to stay in their current abodes discouraging plans for larger family gatherings at their ancestral homes as part of the desperate measures to prevent COVID-19 spread.

Muslims around the world are celebrating the festival with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks.

The government has declared three days official holiday—on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Eid. The government officials and employees have been asked to stay their duty place during the Eid holiday.

Meanwhile, a public notice by the religious affairs ministry said that “Islam encourages performing Eid prayer at Eidgah or open ground. But considering the health safety, worshipers are being instructed to perform prayers at mosques, following social distancing. If necessary, more than one jamaat will be arranged at different time slots.”

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Worshippers standing in the same line must maintain a distance of at least three feet from each other.

“As well as all the health guidelines must be followed by the devotees, failing which government authorities and police will take legal action,” according to the public notice.

Following are the health and safety guidelines one must adhere to for performing Eid prayer at mosques:

Mosques are not to use carpets on their floors. The floors themselves must be cleaned with antiseptic five times a day, following each prayer. Worshippers must bring their own prayer mats and caps.

Hand sanitisers or handwashing soaps and water must be supplied in front of the mosques so that everyone can wash their hands before entering. Everyone must wear masks inside the mosque.

Ablution must be performed before going to the mosque.

Worshippers standing in the same line must maintain a distance of at least three feet from each other.

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Lines must not be formed in consecutive rows, but alternate rows.

Children, the elderly, the sick, and those engaged in the service of patients cannot participate in the congregation.

General guidelines of the health care department, local administration, and law enforcement agencies must be followed to ensure public safety.

The mosque management committees must ensure that the guidelines are followed. Failing to ensure adherence may result in legal action against mosque management.

Every year, the city corporations and district administrations organise central Eid prayer in all the districts of the country.

But this year, government authorities did not organise Eid prayers on open grounds following the decision.

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A total of six Eid congregations will be held at the National Baitul Mukarram Mosque celebrating the Eid-ul Azha.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has already instructed not to organise Eid jamaat at Supreme Court premises, the main Eid congregation in the country. Similarly, Eid prayer at south plaza of the national parliament will also not be held this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

President Abdul Hamid will perform Eid prayers in Bangabhaban.

A total of six Eid congregations will be held at the National Baitul Mukarram Mosque celebrating the Eid-ul Azha.

The first Jamaat will be held at 7:00am to be conducted by Hafez Mufti Maulana M Mizanur Rahaman, senior Imam of the mosque, said a release.The second Eid Jamaat will be held at 7:50am and the third one at 8:45am.

Maulana Mahiuddin Kashem will conduct the fourth Jamaat which is to be held at 9:35am.The fifth Jamaat, conducted by Hafez Maulana Waliur Rahman Khan, will be held at 10:30am.Maulana Muhammad Abdur Rab Mia will conduct the sixth and last Jamaat which is to be held at 11:10am.

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Adequate security measures have been 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.

The Eid Jamaat will not be held in the National Eidgah, adjacent to the High Court, and also in the historic Solakia Maidan. In Dhaka University, the Eid Jamaat will be held at university central mosque – Masjidul Jamiya – at 8:00am.

The jamaat will be held maintaining social distance and health guidelines amid the emerging coronavirus situation. Senior Imam and Kathib Syed Muhammad Emdad Uddin will conduct the Jamaat.

Another Eid Jamaat also will be held at Dr Muhammad Shahidullah Hall Jame Mosque of the Dhaka University at 8:00am.

Organisers said adequate water supply and security arrangements have already been made at the Baitul Mukaram National Mosque to facilitate the Eid-ul-Azha prayers.

Adequate security measures have been 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.

State-run Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar as well as other TV channels and radio stations would broadcast special programmes on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Azha.

Important public and private buildings will be illuminated in the capital and other cities. National flag and banner with the inscription of words ‘Eid Mubarak’ will be hoisted at public and private buildings and different important points in the capital and other cities across the country.

On the day, improved diets will be served to inmates of government hospitals, prisons, orphanages, safe homes and shelter centers.