Muslims offering prayers on the morning of Eid-ul-Azha at Baitul Mukarram Mosque Dhaka Tribune / Rajib Dhar
The government urged everyone to avoid any kind of social gathering and to use face masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19
Holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious holiday for Muslims, will be celebrated across the country on Wednesday with the requisite solemnity and religious fervor.
Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated on the 10th day of the month Zilhajj of the Hizri calendar while Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) on that day offered to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (AS) who voluntarily subject to the will of his father. to please Allah Almighty 4,500 years ago.
But the Almighty in His benevolent mercy spared Hazrat Ismail (AS) and instead sent a ram to be sacrificed.
To commemorate this historic event, Muslims around the world offer prayers in congregations and sacrifice animals in the name of Allah Almighty on this day. They also offer munajat in search of divine blessings for the peace, progress, prosperity and welfare of the Muslim Ummah.
Like other Muslim countries, Muslim devotees in Bangladesh will celebrate the religious holiday tomorrow according to the lunar calendar.
Given the Covid-19 pandemic, Muslim worshipers across the country are set to celebrate the Eid holiday by strictly maintaining health guidelines and social distancing.
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The festival seemed very unlikely to resemble that of previous years, as Muslims around the world celebrate the festival with millions of people under strict health guidelines to stem the coronavirus outbreak.
The government has urged people to avoid any kind of social gathering and to use face masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The government has declared three official holidays, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, marking Eid-ul-Azha.
Government officials and employees were, however, advised to remain at their respective jobs during the Eid holidays.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Religious Affairs issued a notice on July 13 urging all relevant authorities to take action to organize Eid congregations in accordance with guidelines issued by the Cabinet division and to maintain health guidelines.
In the notification, the ministry said that authorities, after consulting with local governments, public officials and dignitaries can organize Eid congregations in mosques, Eidgahs or open places in accordance with health guidelines issued by the General Directorate of Health Services (DGHS).
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According to the notification, rugs should not be laid on mosque floors while mosques should be disinfected before prayers.
Devotees were invited to bring their own prayer rugs and come to Eidgahs after doing their ablution in their respective homes and washing their hands for 20 seconds.
Hand sanitizer or soap and water should be kept for washing hands in mosques and Eidgahs before entering them. Everyone should wear masks and refrain from using prayer rugs and caps reserved in mosques.
Worshipers must maintain social distancing and health protocols while lining up to offer prayers and lining up one after another keeping a line gap.
Children, the elderly and the sick, and those caring for sick caregivers have been discouraged from participating in Eid congregations.
Guidelines issued by the Health Services Division, local governments and law enforcement agencies to contain the coronavirus must be followed.
People should avoid shaking hands and kissing after Eid prayers, which is a common scenario in Eidgah under normal circumstances.
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Everyone has been urged to recite the Holy Quran and ask for an apology from Almighty Allah for getting rid of the global coronavirus pandemic.
The Khatibs, Imams, mosque and Eidgah management committees and the local administration will ensure the application of the guidelines.
Local governments and law enforcement will take legal action against those who violate the guidelines, the notification said.
On the occasion of Eid-ul Azha, five congregations will be held at the city’s Baitul Mukarram National Mosque on July 21.
The first Eid Jamaat will be held at 7 a.m. while the second, third and fourth Eid Jamaat will be held at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. respectively.
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The fifth and final Eid Jamaat will take place at 10:45 am.
Adequate security measures have been taken for a peaceful and harmonious celebration of holy Eid-ul-Azha. Law enforcement agencies have also been urged to ensure the smooth flow of vehicles on highways, waterways and train routes.
Bangladesh Public Television and Bangladesh Betar as well as other TV and radio stations are reportedly broadcasting special programs on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
On that day, improved diets will be served to inmates of public hospitals, prisons, orphanages, safe homes and shelters.