The holy Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on Wednesday (Aug 22) in Bangladesh 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 its' 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 Md. 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 the Eid-ul-Azha, local media reports said.
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, according to Bangabhaban sources.
PM 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. The PM 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 at the same venue.
The main Eid congregation will be held at the National Eidgah near the High Court Bhaban in Dhaka at 8 a.m.
President Hamid will offer his Eid prayers at the National Eidgah.
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 while the rest 179 Eid congregations will be held under Dhaka North City Corporation.
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 a.m., second at 8 a.m., third at 9 a.m., fourth at 10 a.m. and the last one at 10:45 a.m. respectively.
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 a.m. Two Eid congregations will be held at the Dhaka University central mosque Mosjidul Jamiah — the first one at 8am and the second one at 9 a.m.
Apart from this, two separate Eid congregations will be held in the field adjacent to Salimullah Muslim Hall Main gate at 7 a.m. and Shahidullah Hall lawn of Dhaka University at 8 a.m.
One Eid congregation will also be held at Masjid-E-Baitul Haram at Lalmatia at 7 a.m. Besides, like the previous years, the largest Eid congregation will be held on Sholakia field in Kishoreganj at 7:30 a.m.
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.
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, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority for smooth travelling of huge number of homebound people.
State-run Bangladesh Television, 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 (Aug 21) on the occasion.