Zilhaj moon sighted, Eid on June 17

Published at : 07 June 2024, 09:47 pm
Zilhaj moon sighted, Eid on June 17
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Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated in the country on June 17 (Monday) as the crescent moon of the Arabic Zilhaj month was sighted in the sky of Bangladesh on Friday evening.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee at the Islamic Foundation hall in the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque on Friday evening.

After the meeting, Religious Affairs Minister Faridul Haque Khan said the moon was sighted and the month of Zilhaj will start on Saturday.

The moon was seen in Itakumari Union of Pirgacha Upazila of Rangpur district on Friday evening. Rangpur Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mohammad Mobashwer Hasan has conframed the information to the media.

The Eid-ul-Azha is celebrated on the 10th day of Zilhaj month of the lunar calendar as Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), on this day, offered to sacrifice his beloved son Hazrat Ismail (AS) who willingly submitted to the will of his father to please Allah some 4,500 years back.

But the Almighty in His benign mercy spared Hazrat Ismail (AS) and instead sent a ram to be sacrificed.
To commemorate this historic event, Muslims all over the world slaughter sacrificial animals and draw inspiration from the unique example of sacrifice to please Allah as shown by two great prophets -- Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and his son Hazrat Ismail (AS).
On the occasion, the Muslims across the country will offer prayers in congregations and sacrifice animals in the name of Almighty Allah.