The holy Eid-ul-Azha has come again during the Corona period. This religious festival, which is one of the main religious festivals of Muslims in many countries including Bangladesh, is going to be celebrated on Wednesday in a hostile environment like the ongoing Atimari. For good reason, the usual wave of Eid joy is less.
The main significance of this Eid is to give up greed, envy and try to gain the satisfaction of Allah Almighty by sacrificing one’s inner bestiality. Just as Hazrat Ibrahim (PBUH) was about to sacrifice his son Hazrat Ismail (PBUH) for the sake of Allah’s pleasure, the Muslim community of the world will sacrifice animals for the sake of Allah’s pleasure.
On the day of Eid, Allah the Almighty accepts the prayers of His servants. The worshipers will perform Eid prayers for the welfare of themselves, their families, the country and the nation, as well as for the liberation from the Corona epidemic.
According to the official news agency BSS, Eid Jamaat will be held on Eid-ul-Azha as well as on Eid-ul-Azha to combat coronavirus by maintaining physical distance and following hygiene rules. The Ministry of Religion has requested to refrain from hugging and shaking hands after Eid Jamaat.
This is the fourth Eid in the Corona epidemic. Apart from that, corona infection has also spread widely in the country at this time. As a result, the traditional festival of Eid will not be celebrated.
The day of Eid-ul-Azha is pre-determined based on the sighting of the moon in the month of Jilhaj. Eid-ul-Azha is commonly known in our country as ‘Eid-ul-Adha’. This Eid will be celebrated on the 10th of the month of Jilhaj with animal sacrifices to the Almighty. However, there is a provision to offer sacrifices in the two days after Eid, i.e. in 11th and 12th districts.
Due to the corona infection, the holy Hajj has been completed with a limited number of pilgrims like last time. Eid has been celebrated in different countries including Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
President on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have given separate statements. In his message, the President hoped that everyone would make efforts to stop environmental pollution by making sacrifices at the designated place by the government and disposing of the waste in the proper place.
In her message, the Prime Minister called upon the people to build a non-discriminatory, happy, prosperous and peaceful Bangladesh by taking part in the welfare work from their respective positions with the essence of Eid-ul-Azha in mind.
Dhaka North and South City Corporation has also appealed to the city dwellers to sacrifice animals in compliance with the health rules.
Due to Corona, however, Jamaat has not been held at any Eidgah since last year. Once again, it has been officially informed that Eid congregation has to be held in the mosque keeping a certain distance in compliance with the health rules.
On the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, discussions and preparations continue from house to house with the purchase of sacrificial animals. It is better to sacrifice the best animal to keep. However, due to the reality, it is not possible for everyone to keep animals now.
That is why animals have to be bought. The sacrificers usually buy the animals a couple of days in advance and bring them home to take care of them. However, the people of the city buy animals on the day before Eid. This Eid also did not have a personality. The animal trade continued till midnight on Tuesday. Even today many people will buy animals. The little ones of the house became happy to take care of the animals. The huge gathering of cattle in the city, their yelling, haystacks, jackfruit leaves, the rush of people for raw grass — all these create a very different atmosphere in the civic environment from a week before the sacrifice.
On the other hand, thousands of people have left Dhaka by bus, train and launch in the traditional way to celebrate Eid. The city environment has become quite empty.
Enough animals have been raised at the Korbani market in Dhaka, but there was also Corona’s warning. This time in Dhaka North City there are 9 permanent hats including Gabtali and 11 in the south — a total of 20 cattle haats are sitting in the capital. Many people buy animals online to avoid the risk of being infected with corona. Sacrificial animals have been sold online for several years. However, due to the corona infection, the interest of buyers towards buying animals online has increased a lot since last year. This year, about 4 lakh animals have been traded from the online market.