DHAKA, Aug 21, 2018 (BSS)- The holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest
religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated tomorrow throughout the
country 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 will offer
prayers in congregations and sacrifice animals in the name of Almighty Allah.
They will offer munajat seeking divine blessings for peace, progress and
prosperity of the country as well as welfare of the Muslim Ummah.
President M Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the
Opposition in Parliament Begum Rawshan Ershad issued separate messages,
greeting the Muslims in Bangladesh and all over the world on the occasion of
President Hamid will exchange Eid greetings with a cross section of people,
including eminent citizens and diplomats at his official Bangabhaban
residence on the Eid day at 10:30 am, Bangabhaban sources said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will exchange her greetings with the people,
including party leaders and workers, judges and foreign diplomats, at her
official Ganabhaban residence on the Eid day from 10am to 11am.
The prime minister will exchange Eid greetings with the cabinet secretary,
the chiefs of the three services, foreign diplomats, senior secretaries,
secretaries and other civil and military officials from 11am at the same
Director of Islamic Foundation Dr Mohammad Harunur Rashid said the main Eid
congregation will be held at the National Eidgah near the High Court Bhaban
here at 8am.
President M Abdul Hamid will offer his Eid prayers at the National Eidgah.
Senior Pesh Imam of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Mufti Mawlana Muhammad
Ehsanul Huq will lead the main Eid congregation.
Meanwhile, separate arrangement is also underway at the National Eidgah for
women to say their Eid prayers.
Eid congregations will be held at 409 spots in the capital. Of the total, 230
Eid jamaats, including the main Eid congregation, will be held under the
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) while the rest 179 Eid congregations will
be held under Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).
Islamic Foundation’s spokesman said a total of five Eid congregations will
be held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, the first jamaat at 7 am,
second at 8 am, third at 9 am, fourth at 10 am and the last one at 10:45 am
According to the organizers that adequate water supply and security
arrangements have already been made at the Baitul Mukaram National Mosque to
facilitate the Eid-ul-Azha prayers.
One Eid congregation will be held at the south plaza of the Sangsad Bhaban at
7.30 am. Two Eid congregations will be held at the Dhaka University central
mosque Mosjidul Jamiah — the first one at 8am and the second one at 9am.
Apart from this, two separate Eid congregations will be held in the field
adjacent to Salimullah Muslim Hall Main gate at 7 am and Shahidullah Hall
lawn of Dhaka University at 8 am.
One Eid congregation will also be held at Masjid-E-Baitul Haram at Lalmatia
at 7am. Besides, like the previous years, the largest Eid congregation will
be held on Sholakia field in Kishoreganj at 7:30 am.
Inspector General (IGP) of Police Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary said
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, he added.
Railway stations, bus and launch terminals were seen overcrowded for the last
few days as home-bound passengers are heading for their desired destinations.
Special arrangements have been made by the public private transport companies
including Bangladesh Railway, BRTC, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport
Corporation (BIWTC), Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) for
smooth travelling of huge number of homebound people.
State-run Bangladesh Television, BTV and Bangladesh Betar and other TV
channels and radio stations would broadcast special programmes on the
occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
On the day, improved diets will be served to inmates of government hospitals,
prisons, orphanages, safe homes and shelter centers.
The government earlier declared three-day public holiday beginning Tuesday on