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11 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 10 August, 2019 11:23:46 PM
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Eid-ul-Azha

Eid-ul-Azha

Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest Muslim festival after Eid-ul-Fitr, will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 22. Like every year, Bangladesh is taking final preparations for the Eid celebration. The festival falls on the 10th day in the month of Zilhaj in the Hijri calendar. Eid-ul-Azha is one of the rituals of the Holy Hajj, which is performed on the 8th, 9th and 10th of Zilhaj.

Unlike Eid-ul-Fitr, this Eid stands out with the great importance it attaches to the virtue of sacrifice, the one that marks dedication of one's dearest object to Allah. The sacrifice of animals in the name of God has been in practice since the times of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS). It was his readiness to sacrifice his favourite son Hazrat Ismail (AS), later replaced by a lamb -- on divine intervention, which prompted the tradition of 'qurbani', the ritual of slaughtering 'halal' animals on the Eid day. The festive day also celebrates the willingness to be close to Allah.

In the recent years, with sacrificial cattle-rearing turning a popular and profitable venture in villages, the markets remain largely free of the cows smuggled from across the border. However, unscrupulous businesses wait in the wings. Local traders have still to brace for the entry of smuggled cows into Eid cattle markets. However, the cattle farmers' rearing of robust sacrificial animals with the help of the agricultural department has changed the age-old market scenario. But the scourge of cow-fattening with harmful chemicals, thus making the animals hazardous to consumers, continues to loom. Wild price fluctuations, orchestrated by the so-called syndicates, have yet to be coped with.

Many people are killed every year in road and waterway accidents, before and after Eid. Reckless driving of buses and carrying excess passengers in river vessels are two main reasons of these accidents. It is the duty of the authorities to control such matters.

People would celebrate Eid with more cheer if they at least come to realise that the government is sincere and on the right track in resolving the existing problems. They have the right to celebrate Eid free of all tension.

In essence, Eid-ul-Azha highlights the virtues of sacrifice and humility. In the strife-torn world, where petty selfishness robs man of his core purpose of existence, the festival appears as a reminder --- that of the universality of submission and sharing. Eid Mubarak to our readers patrons and advertisers.

 

 

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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