Muslims celebrating Eid-ul-Azha

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Pns: Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of Muslims, is being celebrated across the country with much enthusiasm and religious solemnity today (Saturday).

Well-off Muslims are sacrificing animals commemorating Hazrat Ibrahim's devotion to Allah as illustrated by his readiness to give up his beloved son Hazrat Ismail.

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims across the country offered prayers seeking divine blessings, peace and progress for the country.

The main congregation of Eid-ul-Azha was held at the National Eidgah at 8am.

President Abdul Hamid offered his Eid prayers along with hundreds of people from all walks of life at the National Eidgah.

Cabinet members, judges of the Supreme Court, members of parliament, senior political leaders and high civil and military officials also offered their prayers at the main Eid jamaat (congregation).

Four Eid congregations were held at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque at 7am, 8am, 9am and 10am while another was scheduled to start at 10:45am.

The main city streets and road islands have been decorated with the national flags and banners inscribed with ‘Eid Mubarak’ in Bangla and Arabic.

Special diet is being served in hospitals, jails, government orphanages, centres for persons with disabilities, shelter homes and vagrant and destitute welfare centres.

State-run Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private TV channels are airing special programmes on the occasion.

In Chittagong, the main eid jamaat was held at Jamiatul Falah national eidgah in the city at 8am.

In Khulna, the main Eid congregation was held at Khulna Circuit House Eidgah Maidan at 8am.

In Rajshahi, the main congregation of Eid-ul-Azha was held at Hazrat Shah Mukhdum Central Eidgah of the city at 8am.

In Sylhet, the main Jammat of of Eid-ul-Azha was held at Shahi Eidgah at 8:30 am where Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith among others offered the Eid prayer.

In Barisal, the main congregation of Eid-ul-Azha was held at Central Hemayet Uddin Eidgah Maidan at 8am.

PNS/Tamanna Khan