The holy Eid-ul-Azha, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims, was celebrated across the country with due religious fervour and sacrifice on Saturday.
Muslim devotees attended Eid congregation in Dhaka and other parts of the country following health regulation and social distancing guidelines due to the corona pandemic.The majority of the people in Dhaka and other divisional and district headquarters were confined to their places of abode and offered prayers at their nearest mosques.
However, a section of city dwellers went to their village homes to celebrate the occasion with their near and dear ones.
President Md Abdul Hamid offered the Eid-ul-Azha prayers at Bangabhaban Darbar Hall along with his family members and some senior officials.
Usually, the President along with the Chief Justice, city mayor and other high officials of the government offers Eid prayers at the National Eidgah Maidan on the Supreme Court premises. Due to the corona outbreak, the authorities concerned did not arrange such prayers at the venue this year.
The main Eid congregation in the capital was held at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque. Six jamaats (congregations) were held at the National Mosque at 7:00am, 7:50am, 8:45am, 9:35am, 10:30am and 11:10am respectively.
In Dhaka University, a jamaat was held at the central mosque at 8:00am while another at Muhammad Shahidullah Hall mosque at the same time.People of other parts of the capital and other cities offered prayers at their designated mosques and congregation grounds as per their local schedules.
On the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the countrymen.
In separate messages, they shared festivities with the countrymen and wished wellbeing of the Muslim community and the world. Besides, Prime Minister greeted the freedom fighters (FFs) on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Azha on Saturday.
She sent flowers, fruits and sweetmeats to the war-wounded freedom fighters and members of the martyred families at Martyred and War-wounded Freedom Fighters’ Rehabilitation Centre at Muktijoddha Tower-1 on Gaznavi Road in Mohammadpur.
Apart from offering prayers, Muslims sacrificed animals as part of ritual and sacrifice to Allah.
The state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV), Bangladesh Betar and private TV and radio channels broadcast special religious and entertainment programmes on the occasion. The national dailies published special supplements.
Improved diets were distributed among patients at hospitals, prisoners at jails and children at juvenile correction centres and orphanages across the country.
Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated on the 10th of the Zilhajj month of the Hizri calendar as Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), on this day, some 4,501 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 Allah in His benign mercy spared Hazrat Ismail (AS) and instead sent a ram to be sacrificed.