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Eid-ul-Azha tomorrow

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BSS, Dhaka :
The holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated across the country on Wednesday with due solemnity and religious fervour.
The Eid-ul-Azha is cele
brated 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 will issue separate messages, greeting the Muslims in Bangladesh and all over the world on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Azha.
President Hamid will exchange Eid greetings with the cross sections 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 also exchange greetings with the cross sections of people, including party leaders and workers, judges and foreign diplomats, at her official Ganabhaban residence on the Eid day from 10am to 11am.
The premier will exchange Eid greetings with judges, 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 venue.
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 perform 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 at the Eidgah. Meanwhile, separate arrangement is also underway at the National Eidgah for women to say their Eid prayers.
The Eid congregations will be held at 409 spots in the capital. Of the total, 230 Eid Jamats, 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 jamat at 7 am, second at 8 am, third at 9 am, fourth at 10 am and the last one at 10:45 am respectively.
Organizers said 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.
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.
Meanwhile, 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-goers are heading for their desired destinations.
Makeshift cattle markets in the city as elsewhere have been witnessing a rush of buyers for sacrificial animals.
Special arrangement has 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 on the occasion.

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