Holy Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated in Bangladesh on July 21 as the moon of Zilhaj month was sighted in the sky of the country on Sunday.
The decision came from a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in the capital in the evening.State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Faridul Haque Khan announced the date.
The Muslims of Bangladesh are preparing to celebrate their second religious festival by maintaining health guidelines amid the growing surge of coronavirus. The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock is encouraging the sale and purchase of sacrificial animals online as part of preventive measures against the pandemic.
The government has already launched an online platform for buying and selling sacrificial animals across the country to curb the spread of the viral disease.
The celebration of Eid-ul-Adha is to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s (A) devotion to Allah SWT and his readiness to sacrifice his son, Ismail.
This sacrifice is not only animal sacrifice, but also sacrifice of one’s bestiality, smallness, selfishness, inferiority, arrogance.
Spotting the crescent moon determines the days of Hajj and Eid-ul-Azha, which is celebrated on the 10th of Zil Hajj, the last month of the Islamic calendar.The Day of Arafat will fall on July 19 and Eid on July 20 in Saudi Arabia.
Like the previous year, no Bangladeshis will be able to join Hajj this year as the Saudi authorities last month banned travel of foreign pilgrims due to the pandemic.
The kingdom announced on June 12 that it will allow only 60,000 vaccinated residents to perform Hajj this year.
It will be the second year in a row that the country is hosting a downscaled Hajj amid the global Covid-19 pandemic.