Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated in Bangladesh on Aug 12 as the new moon of the Hijri month of Zilhaj was sighted in Bangladesh sky on Friday (Aug 2).
State minister for religious affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah made the announcement after a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee at Islamic Foundation’s Baitul Mukarram office after Maghrib prayers, local media reported.
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 spared Hazrat Ismail (AS) and instead sent a ram to be sacrificed.
To commemorate this historic event, the Muslims all over the world slaughter sacrificial animals and draw inspiration from the unique example of sacrifice to please Allah as shown by two great prophets — Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and Hazrat Ismail (AS).
On the occasion, 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 the welfare of the Muslim Ummah.