Dhaha – The holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated across the country on Wednesday with due solemnity and religious fervour.
The well-off Muslims will sacrifice animals on the day to commemorate Hazrat Abraham’s (AS) devotion to the almighty Allah as illustrated by his readiness to give up his dearest son Hazrat Ismail (AS), and share the sacrificial animal meat with their relatives, neighbours and the poor.
On this day, some 4,000 years ago, Prophet Abraham (AS) 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 Ismail (AS) and instead sent a ram to be sacrificed.
At Eid al-Azha, Muslims make a special effort to pray and listen to a sermon at mosques or Eidgahs. They also wear festive attires, visit family members and friends and symbolically sacrifice animals. This represents the animal that Abraham sacrificed in the place of his son.
Hundreds of thousands of people have left the capital for their village homes to celebrate the festival with their near and dear ones, braving many odds including struggle for tickets and sufferings on the highways.
Bangladesh Railway, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC), Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) and numerous private sector transport operators have pressed different modes of vehicles into service to cope with the extra load of homebound passengers.
Additional contingents of law-enforcement agencies have been deployed at different points to ensure safety and security of the passengers.
With the last moment rush for home, the hustling bustling metropolis started showing signs of tranquillity that would remain for a few days.
Meanwhile, buying and selling of cattle in the animal markets in the city have started taking off as more cattle and buyers rushed to the temporary markets two days ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha.
The city-dwellers were seen vrowding cattle markets for buying sacrificial animals. Besides, they were busy completing their last-minute shopping on the occasion of Eid.
Important public buildings, thoroughfares and road islands of the capital will be decorated with national flags and banners inscribed with “Eid Mubarak.” Major government buildings will also be illuminated. All preparations for holding the Eid congregations have been completed all over the country.
The day’s programme will begin with the offering of Eid prayers at mosques and eidgahs throughout the country. They will seek divine blessings of Almighty Allah for peace, progress and prosperity of the country and welfare of the Muslim Ummah. The prayers will be followed by sacrificing of animals.
The main Eid congregation in the capital will be held at the National Eidgah, adjacent to the Supreme Court, at 8:30am. Hafez Mufti Muhibullahil Baki Nadvi, Imam of Baitula Mukarram National Mosque will lead the prayer.
Five Eid congregations will be held at Baitual Mukarram National Mosque after every one hour from 7:00am.
The biggest Eid congregation in the country will be held at historic Solakia ground in Kishoreganj at 9:00am. Maulana Farid Uddin Masud will conduct the prayer.
Law enforcing agencies, including the Police and Rapid Action Battalion, will remain on guard to ensure security at Eid congregations in the capital.
President Abdul Hamid Advocate, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Khaleda Zia have greeted the countrymen and Muslims across the world on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
In separate messages, they wished peace, progress and prosperity for all.
Both Dhaka City Corporation has cancelled holidays for all employees of Waste Management Department to keep the city clean after Eid-ul-Azha. The government has taken elaborate programmes to observe the Eid-ul-Azha in a befitting manner.
On the day, improved diet will be served at government hospitals, prisons, orphanages, safe homes and shelter centers.
Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television, private TV channels will broadcast special programmes while different newspapers have published special supplement on the occasion.
Underprivileged children of the society can visit all children parks under without ticket and visit Dhaka Museum.
District administration, upazila administration and city corporations have also taken different programmes to observe Eid-ul-Azha.
Besides, Bangladesh Missions abroad have taken programmes to celebrate Eid.
A three-day Eid vacation began from on Tuesday. Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and TV and radio other channels will telecast special programmes. The national dailies have published special supplements highlighting the significance of Eid-ul-Azha.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia will separately exchange greetings with people from all walks of life, including party leaders and workers, judges and foreign diplomats, on the Eid-day.
Meanwhile, on Monday the holy hajj was observed on Mount Arafat near Makkah in Saudi Arabia in which hundreds and thousands Muslims from across the world, including Bangladesh, took part. – Staff Reporter