The government has urged the Muslims to offer Eid-ul-Azha prayers at their respective nearby mosques instead of Eidgah or open places to check the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
The call was made at an inter-ministerial virtual meeting ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha at the religious affairs ministry with its secretary Md Nurul Islam in the chair on Sunday afternoon, reports BSS.
As per decisions taken in the meeting, the country’s main Eid congregation will be held at Baitul Mukkaram National Mosque instead of National Eidgah in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will give separate messages on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Azha.
National flag will be hoisted atop all government and non-government buildings and Bangladesh missions abroad while banners inscribed with ‘Eid Mubarak’ will be put at key traffic islands in the capital.
Designated government and important military buildings will be illuminated to mark the festival.
In light with the national programme, every division, district, upazila, city corporation, municipality and Armed Forces Division and non-government agencies will formulate respective programme to celebrate the Eid-ul-Azha.
State-run Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar and private run television channels will broadcast special programmes and national dailies will also publish special supplements highlighting significant of the event.
Improved diets will be served at hospitals, prisons, older-care homes, childcare homes and drug addiction treatment centres.
Bangladesh missions aboard will also observe the festival with due religious passion and enthusiasm. Special security measures will be taken to maintain law and order across the country during the Eid-ul-Azha.
All-out measures will be drawn up to keep the atmosphere free from odor due to wastes of sacrificial animals.
Sermons will be delivered at mosques in Jummah prayers khutba before the Eid-ul-Azha to make the devotees aware of it while consciousness raising discussions and advertisement will be disseminated in different mass media.
Islamic Foundation Director General Md Anisur Rahman moderated the meeting while representatives of Cabinet Division, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), home, health and family welfare, LGRD and cooperatives, information, public administration and fisheries and livestock ministries, Dhaka south city corporation and other ministries and divisions and offices join the virtual meeting.
Among top Islamic priests and scholars, Mawlana Farid Uddin Masud, Allama Mufti Ruhul Amin, Mawlana Anas Madani, Mufti Delwar Hossain, Mawlana Ruhul Amin, Hafez Mawalana Abdul Alim Rizvi, Mufti Mawalana Sajidur Rahman, Mawlana Dr Kafiluddin Sarker Salehi, Mawlana Abdur Razzak, Mawlana Mosaddiq Billah Al Madani joined it online from different parts of the country and gave their opinions.