M.A.Sayed (Tonmoy) : Today, the biggest religious festival of Muslims is the holy Eid-ul-Azha. The Muslim community across the country, including the capital, is celebrating Eid-ul-Azha with due religious dignity and solemnity. At the end of Eid-ul-Azha congregation, devout Muslims will sacrifice animals according to their ability in the hope of gaining the infinite grace of Almighty Allah. After the prayers, many of the worshipers will go to the graveyard. They will stand by the graves of their departed relatives and pray to Allah for the forgiveness of their souls on this joyous day with tears in their eyes.
However, this Eid has come amid fears of an uncertain future. The global epidemic of coronavirus (Kovid-19) and the catastrophic floods across the country have dampened the excitement surrounding Eid among the Muslim community.
President. Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Raushan Ershad have sent Eid greetings to the people in separate messages.
This time the government has announced 3 days of Eid holiday. On the occasion of Eid, there will be holidays on July 31, Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2.
During this Eid holiday, government officials and employees have to stay in the compulsory workplace. They cannot leave the workplace.
Eid Jamaat is not being held in the open field under the direction of the government on this Eid like Eid-ul-Fitr to deal with corona and prevent the spread of infection. Eid Jamaat will be held inside the mosques of the area by maintaining physical distance and following the hygiene rules.
According to the instructions of the Ministry of Religion, multiple congregations can be formed in the same mosque if necessary; Refrain from hugging and shaking hands.
A notification issued by the Ministry of Religion said that this time the carpet will not be laid in the mosque during the congregation of the holy Eid-ul-Azha prayers. The entire mosque should be cleaned with disinfectant before the prayers. The worshipers will each bring Jainamaz from home on their own responsibility.
Everyone should perform ablution from their home and come to the mosque and wash their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds while performing ablution. Soap or hand sanitizer should be placed at the place of ablution in the mosque to ensure prevention of coronavirus infection. Soap-water with hand sanitizer or hand washing system should be kept at the entrance of the mosque.
A worshiper who comes to Jamaat must come to the mosque after wearing a mask. Worshipers are not allowed to use the Jain prayers and hats stored in the mosque. In case of standing in line during Eid prayers, one has to follow social distance and hygiene rules and do one line at a time.
The Ministry of Religion has also informed that children, old people, sick people of any kind and people engaged in the service of the sick will not participate in the Eid prayers.
This time Eid Jamaat is not being held at the National Eidgah adjacent to the High Court. Eid Jamaat of Sholakia Maidan, which has a hundred-year tradition, is also not happening. However, 8 Eid congregations will be held at the National Mosque Baitul Mukarram this time.
According to a press release issued by the Islamic Foundation, six Eid congregations will be held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque on Eid-ul-Azha. The first congregation will be at 8 o’clock in the morning. After that, the last Eid Jamaat will be held at 8:50, 8:45, 9:35, 10:30 and 11:10.
The Islamic Foundation said in a statement that Eid-ul-Azhar prayers will be held in accordance with social distance and hygiene rules. According to the schedule of the Islamic Foundation, Baitul Mukarram National Mosque will be led by the first congregation of Eid Baitul Mukarram senior Pesh Imam Hafez Mufti Maulana. Mizanur Rahman, Qari Kazi Masudur Rahman will be in charge.
The second congregation will be held at 8:50 am. Imam Hafez Mufti Muhibbullahil Baki Nadvi will lead the congregation and Baitul Mukarram will be presided over by Qari Habibur Rahman Meshkat.
The third congregation will be held at 8:45 am. Imam Maulana Ehsanul Haque will preside over the Baitul Mukarram and Maulana Ishaq will officiate.
The fourth congregation will be held at 9:35 am. Imam Maulana Mohiuddin Qasim will lead the congregation, said Muqabbir. Shahidullah.
The fifth congregation will be held at 10:30 in the morning. Muhaddis Hafez Maulana Waliur Rahman Khan of the Islamic Foundation will lead the congregation, and Khadem Hafez Mohammad will be in charge. Abdul Mannan.
The sixth and last congregation will be held at 11:10 am. Former Deputy Director of the Islamic Foundation Maulana Muhammad Abdur Rab Mia will be the Imam, Khadem Hafez Mohammad will be in charge. Abdur Razzak.
Eid-ul-Azhar Jamaat of Dhaka University will be held at 8 am at the University Central Mosque-Masjidul Jamia. According to a statement from the university, the Eid congregation will be held in compliance with hygiene rules and social distance in the event of a coronavirus outbreak. This Eid will be led by the senior imam of the mosque Khatib. Syed Muhammad Emdad Uddin. In addition, the university said. Eid-ul-Azhar Jamaat will be held at 8 am at Muhammad Shahidullah Hall Jame Mosque.
It is learned by contacting the concerned officials of Dhaka North and South City Corporation that there is no formality on the part of City Corporation in organizing this year’s Eid Jamaat.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) public relations officer. Abu Naser said that there is no initiative on the part of DSCC to organize Eid Jamaat in the open field this Eid. However, following the instructions of the government, an initiative has been taken to organize Eid Jamaat in the mosques. Mayor Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh wished Eid to the people of the city and urged them to abide by the health rules.
Tajina Sarwar, chief social welfare officer of the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), said no Eid Jamaat would be held in the open in areas under the DNCC. Mayor Atiqul Islam also wished Eid to the people of the city.
Heads of departments, districts, upazilas, city corporations, municipalities, armed forces divisions and government agencies across the country will celebrate Eid by formulating their respective programs in the light of the national program.
On the occasion of Eid, Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private media will broadcast special programs with due importance and publish special issues in newspapers. On the occasion of Eid celebration, high quality food will be served in all hospitals, prisons, government children’s homes, old age homes, drug addiction treatment centers. Bangladesh embassies and missions abroad will properly celebrate the holy Eid-ul-Azha. On this occasion, special measures have been taken to maintain law and order situation in the country.
All the local government institutions of the country including the two city corporations of Dhaka have taken all necessary measures to ensure that the environment is not polluted by the blood or waste products of the sacrificed animals. Worshipers have been made aware of this in the Friday sermon before Eid-ul-Azha.
It is to be noted that about four thousand years ago, Hazrat Ibrahim (a.s.) took the initiative to sacrifice his son Hazrat Ismail (a.s.) for the sake of Allah. But in the infinite power of the Most Merciful, instead of Hazrat Ismail (AS), a dumba became a sacrifice. Remembering the greatness of the sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), the Muslim community all over the world sacrifices animals on the 10th of the month of Jilhaj in the hope of gaining the grace of Allah. Allah has made sacrifice obligatory for the financially able Muslims.
That is why sacrificing from a religious point of view is the best form of worship on this day. Inspired by that ideal of sacrifice and obedience, the Muslim community across the country will gather at the mosque early on Saturday and perform the two rak’at obligatory prayers on Eid al-Adha. Khatib will highlight the meaning of sacrifice in the sermon of prayers. However, this time the animal sacrifice is likely to be a little less than other times as it is the Eid of Sacrifice in a different environment in catastrophic situations like Corona and floods.
Although Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated on the 10th of the month of Jilhaj, there is a provision for animal sacrifice for the next two days. Although sacrifice is obligatory for able-bodied Muslims, the poor and needy will not be deprived of the joy of Eid. All the money from the sale of the skin of the sacrificial animal and one third of the meat of the sacrificed animal will be distributed among them.
Leaders of various political parties, social and cultural organizations also wished Eid to the people on the occasion of this religious festival of the Muslim community.
Dhaka South and North City Corporation has requested the city dwellers to sacrifice animals at the designated places. At the same time, special measures have been taken by both the city corporations for the rapid removal of sacrificial animal waste. Relevant sources said that the required number of cleaners of the two city corporations will be engaged in the removal of waste.
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