Nation celebrates Eid-ul-Azha with religious zeal

Nation celebrates Eid-ul-Azha with religious zeal
Islamabad: The nation is celebrating Eid-ul-Azha today with great religious zeal and fervor to commemorate the supreme sacrifice of Prophet Hazrat Ibrahim (AS).

The day dawned with special prayers in mosques for well-being of the Ummah and progress, prosperity and security of the people suffering due to coronavirus pandemic.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the people to strictly follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on Eid-ul-Azha to contain the spread of coronavirus.

He urged the people to go outside on Eid when it is necessary and needed.

Eid-ul-Adha falls on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah, the 12th and last month of the Muslim lunar calendar. It usually begins on the last day of the Hajj, which is the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Eid-ul-Adha is the second major Muslim festival after Eid al-Fitr.

Each year Muslims gather for the occasion that commemorates the Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son on the command of Allah. While proceeding to sacrifice his own son, he was eventually given a lamb to sacrifice instead.

A major part of this festival is the Qurbani (or Udhiya), which means sacrifice. Goats, sheep, cows or camels are sacrificed on this auspicious day to remember Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail for the sake of God.

The meat is then distributed among poor as well as neighbors and family.

In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, many Muslim-majority countries, including United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia announced restrictions on public gatherings and advised people to be extremely careful while sacrificing and distributing meat.