Bangladesh is all set to celebrate holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival of the Muslims, on Saturday with due solemnity and religious fervour.
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 welfare of the Muslim Ummah.
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 in His benign mercy 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).
President Abdul Hamid , Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Begum Rawshan Ershad issued separate messages, greeting the Muslims in Bangladesh and all over the world on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
Meanwhile, millions of people are leaving the capital and other major cities to celebrate Eid with their near and dear ones in the countryside.
Inspector General (IGP) of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque 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 heading for their 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 and Bangladesh Betar and other TV channels and radio stations would broadcast special programmes on the Eid-ul-Azha.
On the day, improved diets will be served to inmates of government hospitals, prisons, orphanages, safe homes and shelter centres.
The main Eid congregation will be held at the National Eidgah in the capital at 8am. All the preparations, including overall security arrangements, for holding Eid congregation there are underway.
Senior Pesh Imam of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Mawlana Muhammad Mizanur Rahman will lead the main Eid congregation at the Eidgah.
A total of five Eid congregations will be held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque-the first one will be held at 7:00am, second at 8:00am, third at 9am, fourth at 10am and the last one at 10:45am.
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 — the first one at 8:00am and the second at 9:00am.
Apart from this, two separate Eid congregations will be held in the field adjacent to Salimullah Muslim Hall Main gate and Shahidullah Hall lawn of Dhaka University at 8:00am.
Eid congregation will also be held at Masjid-E-Baitul Haram at Lalmatia at 7.00am.