LAHORE – The nation is celebrating Eid-ul-Azha with great religious fervour and enthusiasm today (Wednesday) to commemorate the supreme sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS).
The day will dawn with special prayers in the mosques for the well being, peace, progress and prosperity of Muslim Ummah and the country.
The religious scholars in their Eid sermons will highlight the importance of sacrifice (Qurbani) and urge the people to donate generously for the help of their poor brethren besides sacrificing animals.
On the occasion, the faithful wear clean and neat clothes and offer Eid prayers at mosques, Eidgahs and open places across the country – seeking divine blessings for peace, progress and prosperity.
Following the Eid prayers, Muslims will perform rituals of sacrificing animals, spend their time feasting with family and friends and distribute sacrificial meat among their family members, friends, and the poor.
The radio and television channels have chalked out a series of special programmes on the occasion of Eid.
Strict security measures have been taken in major cities of the country including Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta and Peshawar among others.
In Lahore, the main congregation will be held at the historic Badshahi Mosque, with other congregations to be held at Data Darbar Mosque, Nasir Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Minar-e-Pakistan, Model Town Park, Jamia Naeemia, Jamia Ashrafia, Idara Minhajul Hussain, Jamiatul Muntazir Model Town, Jamia Mosque Mansoorah and many other places.
Around 20,000 police personnel under the supervision of divisional SPs will perform security duties in Lahore.
The Solid Waste Management Company has alerted its staff to take away offal and later bury it in open fields outside of and far from residential places.
In addition, the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) has taken special measures for continuous water supply to the citizens on Eid days.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his message on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha, has said that the spirit of sacrifice is of universal importance and no nation in the world can progress unless it demonstrates the spirit of sacrifice.
“Observing the Sunnah of Hazrat Ibrahim requires us to exhibit the spirit of sacrifice in all fields of life. We have to work for the country’s progress, development and welfare by rising above our personal interests, priorities and prejudices,” the prime minister said.
Imran Khan felicitated the Pakistani nation on the Eid and prayed to Allah Almighty to accept the prayers and sacrifices offered by the people and make the same a source of blessings for them.