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Nation of Bangladesh Celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr, Festival of Muslims
By Ataur Rahman
Bangladesh Correspondent
Bangladesh celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr, Festival of Muslims.

DHAKA — The Nation of Bangladesh has recently celebrated the Eid-ul-Fitr, the greatest religious festival of the Muslims, amid due solemnity, fervour, enthusiasm and gaiety ending the holy Ramadan, the month of fasting and abstinence.

The very auspicious occasion began with the sighting of the Shawwal moon last evening and reached the climax this morning amid offering the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers by millions from all strata of life at mosques, eidgahs and makeshift prayer venues despite brief spells of rain in the capital and elsewhere across the country.

The largest Eid jamaat (congregation) was held at Sholakia Eidgah of Kishoreganj district at 10am with lakhs of Muslims offering the prayers seeking divine blessings, peace and progress for Bangladesh and the Muslim Ummah.

The main Eid-ul-Fitr jammat was held at the National Eidgha in the capital at 8:30am where President Abdul Hamid offered his Eid prayers along with a cross section of the people, including high civil and military officials, diplomats of different Muslim countries, political leaders and elite.

At the end of the prayers, President Hamid exchanged Eid greetings with the devotees.

Chief Justice of Bangladesh Justice Md. Muzammel Hossain, ministers, state ministers, judges of the Supreme Court and members of parliament also offered the prayers at the main Eid jamaat.

Members of law enforcement agencies, including police and the anti-crime elite force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), ensured a foolproof security to the areas around the National Eidgah and all other Eid jamaat venues and their vicinity.

However, no untoward incidents were reported from anywhere during the Eid congregations. Khatib of Baitul Mokarram National Mosque Prof Maulana Muhammad Salauddin conducted the Eid prayers at the main jamaat attended by thousands of people from all walks of life.

A special munajat was held seeking divine blessings for peace and development of the country, welfare of the people and greater unity and integrity of the world Muslims.

The Eid jamaat was held under the auspices of Dhaka (South) City Corporation (DCC) amid tight security. Special arrangements were also made for women and foreign diplomats to offer their Eid prayers at the venue.

Besides, five massive Eid jamaats were held at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque with one-hour interval from 7:00am to 11:00 am.

In Dhaka, other Eid jamaats were held at Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Bhaban, Dhaka University Central Mosque, Gulshan Central Mosque and Eidgah, Lalbagh Mosque, Shyamoli SOS Shishu Palli Jame Mosque, Sayedabad Darbar Sharif Baro Jame Mosque, Masjide Gausul Azam Abdul Quader Jilani, Dakkhin Goran Banosri Jame Mosque and Dania Jame Mosque.

Besides, Eid congregations were also held on Khilkhet Kurmitola High School Eidgah Maidan, Matuail Eidgah Maidan, RK Mission Road Brothers Union Ground, Banani Pak Darbar Sharif, Kantaban Jame Mosque, Dhaka University Playground, Salimullah Hall Gate Ground, Uttara Jame Mosque Foundation, Shantibagh Shahi Jame Mosque, Abu Jar Gifari College Ground, Malibagh Jame Mosque, Hazaribagh Park, Tikatuli Jame Mosque and Uttar Kafrul Jheelpar Jame Mosque.

Eid jamaats also took place at Gulshan First Jame Mosque, Khilgaon Pallima Sangsad, Maghbazar Kazi Office Lane Baitul Quran Masjid, Sheikhdi Al Hera Jame Mosque at Jatrabari, Fazlul Haq Muslim Hall, Lalbagh Shahi Jame Mosque, Lalbagh Kella Jame Mosque, Al Madina Jame Mosque, Senpara Parbata Eidgah and Nayapaltan Jame Mosque, Mirpur-12 D Block Eidgah, Baitul Falah Complex at Pallabi, Maghbazar T&T Jame Mosque and Matuail Eidgah.

More Eid jamaats were held in different areas of the metropolis including Khejurbagan Jame Mosque, APBN Jame Mosque, Baitul Noor Jame Mosque, Shantinagar Jame Mosque, Garangira Complex and Mohammadpur Jame Mosque, Old Police Lines Jame Mosque, Islampur Jame Mosque, and Armanitola Play Ground.

Under the auspice of the DCC (South and North), Eid congregations were also held at all eidghas and important mosques in all the wards of Dhaka metropolis.

Outside of the capital, Eid jamaats were held across the country, particularly in the divisional cities and district towns. People, soon after the Eid prayers, embraced each other and exchanged greetings in a spirit of unity, fraternity and equality as enshrined in Islam. They are now visiting the houses of their relatives, friends and neighbours to greet them.

Earlier, around 50 lakh people left the capital to enjoy the Eid with their near and dear ones at village homes responding to the pull of roots.

The national flag was hoisted atop government and non-government office buildings. The main city streets and road islands were decorated with the national flags and banners inscribed with 'Eid Mubarak' both in Bangla and Arabic.

Different television channels and radio stations are telecasting special programmes on the occasion.

Special diets are being served to the inmates of different hospitals, jails, correction centres, orphanages and other shelter homes in the capital and outside Dhaka.

The Eid-ul-Fitr is also being observed at Bangladesh missions abroad too in a befitting manner.

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Mr. Ataur Rahman serves as Bangladesh Correspondent for The Seoul Times. He earned his Master of Commerce degree from Dhaka University in 1985. Mr. Rahman has vast journalistic experience including his stints at "The Daily Janata" and "The Dainik Bangla."






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