Special meals were served among inmates of various hospitals, prisons, children’s homes, vagabond welfare and distressed welfare centres
Eid jamaats (congregations) on the holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest festival of the Muslims, was held on Saturday only inside mosques instead of open spaces in the city as elsewhere across the Khulna district to contain further spread of the Covid-19 infection.
The two main Eid jamaats were held at Khulna town Jame Mosque under the joint supervision of Khulna District Administration, Khulna City Corporation (KCC) and Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP).
The first Eid jamaat was held at 8am at town Jame Mosque in the city. Khatib of the mosque Maulana Mohammad Saleh conducted the Eid Jamaat while the second and last congregation was held at 9am at the same place. Khulna divisional commissioner Dr Md Anwar Uddin Howlader, deputy commissioner Md Helal Hossain, among others, attended the Eid jamaats.
The other main Eid Jamaats were held at different Jame Mosques including Collectorate Jame Mosque, Khulna Alia Kamil Madrasa Jame Mosque, Newmarket Baitun Nur Jame Mosque, Baitul Aman Jame Mosque, Iqbalnagar Jame Mosque and Sonadanga Baitush Sharif Jame Mosque between 7am and 9am.
Besides, Khulna City Corporation (KCC) also arranged Eid congregations at mosques in its 31 Wards under the supervision of concerned ward councillors and local mosques managing committees. The devotees and mosque authorities followed the health safety guidelines considering the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
During the Eid prayers, everybody stood in prayers following the guidelines, set by the Islamic Foundation.
Every devotee who went to a mosque for Eid prayers wore a mask and carried their own jainamaz (prayer mat) and tupee (cap) instead of using those in the mosque.
Rolling out of carpets in mosques during Eid prayers was prohibited and the mosques were cleaned using disinfectant ingredients before congregations.
Soaps and hand sanitizers were kept at the entrance of the mosque for devotees to clean their hands before entering the mosque premises.
Social distancing measures and health directives were followed when standing in jamaat for Eid prayers following the guidelines of the Islamic Foundation.
With the help of local Islamic scholars (imam, madrasa teachers and students) devotees, slaughtered their sacrificial animals (Qurbani) mostly KCC designated slaughtering spots after holding Eid prayer.
In observance of the day, national flags were hoisted atop all government, semi-government, private, autonomous institutions and buildings in the morning.
Special meals were served among inmates of various hospitals, prisons, government children’s homes, vagabond welfare and distressed welfare centres on the occasion of Eid.
In order to maintain law and order on Eid, law enforcement agencies were put on maximum alert to ensure public security.