The nation is celebrating Eidul Azha with great religious zeal and fervour on Wednesday to commemorate the supreme sacrifice of Prophet Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), under strict anti-Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).
The day dawned with special prayers in mosques for the well-being of the Ummah and progress, prosperity, safety and security of the country. Religious scholars, in their Eid sermons, highlighted the importance to follow the Sunnah of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS).
Following the Eid prayers, the faithful performed the ritual of sacrificing animals, spending their time feasting with family and friends and distributing sacrificial meat among their family members, friends, and the poor.
The government has advised the faithful to follow the SOPs for containing the Covid-19 pandemic while performing the ritual of sacrificing animals. While offering Eid prayers, they were asked to maintain distance, and avoid hugging and instead extend only greetings.
Special security arrangements have been made to ensure peaceful observance of the three-day festivity across the country. Radio and television channels will air special programmes during the Eid days.
Elsewhere around the world, Muslims around the world observed the first day of Eidul Azha on Tuesday in the shadow of the pandemic and amid growing concerns about the highly infectious delta variant of the coronavirus.