by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Bangladesh will celebrate the Eid al-Adha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims, on July 21, the national moon sighting committee announced on Sunday.
The committee, headed by Religious Affairs Minister Faridul Haque, said the Arabic lunar month of Zilhaj began on Sunday with the new moon sighted on Bangladeshi sky, and, accordingly, the celebration of the Eid will be on July 21.
The Eid al-Adha is celebrated on the 10th day of the month of Zilhaj, according to the Arabic calendar to commemorate the sacrifice by prophet Ibrahim some 4,500 years ago.
He offered to sacrifice his beloved son Ismail, who willingly submitted to the will of his father to please Allah. The Muslims believe the Almighty in His benign mercy spared Ismail and instead sent a ram to be sacrificed.
The Muslims all over the world slaughter sacrificial animals and draw inspiration from the unique example of sacrifice to please Allah as shown by two prophets.