Eid-ul-Azha on Saturday in shadow of Covid-19, floods
| 31 Jul 2020, 22:41
Muslims in Bangladesh are set to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha on Saturday when the country is grappling with Covid-19 outbreak and hundreds of thousands of people are passing a hard time trapped in floodwater.
Muslims celebrate the Eid-ul-Azha on the 10th of Zilhaj to commemorate the true spirit of sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim (AS).
On this day, some 4,000 years ago, Prophet Ibrahim had offered to sacrifice his son Ismail, 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.
This year, Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated in a different scenario without any outdoor programme and Eid Zamaats at Eid grounds across the country due to coronavirus pandemic.
The government has undertaken different safety measures to ensure that the celebration doesn’t accelerate virus transmission.
The government urged Muslim devotees to avoid Eidgah or other open places for Eid congregations and offer prayers at mosques maintaining recommended health advice.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs came up with the call from an inter-ministerial virtual (online) meeting organised on the occasion of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha on July 12.
This year, the main congregation of Eid will be held at Baitul Mukarram national mosque instead of the National Eidgah following the hygiene rules considering the corona infection situation.
The government suggested disinfecting mosques before the Eid prayer and not rolling out carpets on the floors.
The devotees have been asked to bring prayer mats from home. Besides, arrangements should be made at the entrances of the mosques for washing hands. They must wear masks inside mosques and avoid using prayer mats and caps that were stored earlier there.
Children, elderly people, people with physical ailment, and those involved in taking care of the sick will not be allowed to attend the Eid prayer.
The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock has issued specific guidelines over sacrificing animals.
Local administrations, law enforcement agencies, public representatives, staffers of the Islamic Foundation and managing committees of mosques will implement the directives.
Six Eid-ul-Azha congregations will be held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque from 7am on the Eid day.
After the first jamaat, the second one will be held at 7:50am while the next four jamaats will be held at 8:45am, 9:35am, 10:30am, and 11:10am.
The President and the Prime Minister will address the nation on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
On this occasion, the national flag will be hoisted in government, private buildings and Bangladesh missions abroad.
It has been also decided to display the banner emblazoned with "Eid Mubarak" in important traffic islands of Dhaka city.
Besides, certain government buildings and important military buildings will be illuminated.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private media will broadcast special programs with due importance and newspapers will publish special supplements.
On the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha celebrations, arrangements will be made to serve special diets in all hospitals, prisons, government maternity hospitals, old homes and drug rehabilitation centers in the country.
Special measures will be taken to maintain law and order.
All necessary measures will be taken to ensure that the environment is not polluted by the blood and waste material of the sacrificed animal after the qurbani.
However, amid the risk of virus infection thousands of people have already left the capital to celebrate the very auspicious occasion with their near and dear ones at their respective village homes.
The country witnessed 28 deaths from coronavirus on Friday, the lowest since June 1, when 22 people died of Covid-19 in a day.
According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Bangladesh’s officially confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 2,37,661 with the detection of 2,772 new patients in the last 24 hours.
Besides, 2,176 patients recovered, taking the number of recovery to 135,136. The recovery rate is 56.86 percent.
A total of 2,928 people have so far died from the virus.
Floods hit vast swathes of Bangladesh amid the pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of people are being forced to live under the sky as floods wreak havoc on the cropland, wash away fish enclosures and trigger large scale erosion, putting livelihoods at risk.