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Eid-ul-Azha celebrated in somber mood

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eid 2020The holy Eid-ul-Azha, one of the greatest religious festivals of Muslim Ummah, was celebrated yesterday in a somber mood due to the coronavirus pandemic across the country.Muslims celebrated the Eid festival, in line with the government’s directives, including maintaining physical distancing, avoiding mass gathering and abiding by the health rules as the country, like almost all other world states, is at risk of the fatal COVID-19 outbreak.The people had kept themselves confined in their limited respective vicinities and offered prayers at only their nearest mosques.President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages, greeting Muslims in Bangladesh and all over the world on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Azha.They also urged the affluent and able people in the society to stand by the flood-and-Corona affected people of the country.Besides, opposition leader in parliament Begum Raushan Ershad also greeted the nation on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul Azha.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 the Almighty Allah. But Allah 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).The festival appeared very unlikely to resemble that of previous years as many countries banned the traditional Eid congregations as part of anti-coronavirus measures.The head of the state offered prayers of Eid-ul-Azha, the greatest religious festival of Muslims, with his family members and some important officials at the Durbar Hall of Bangabhaban.