Holy Eid-ul-Fitr tomorrow

The holy Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the greatest religious festivals of the Muslims, will be celebrated in the country tomorrow as the moon of Shawwal month of 1444 Hijri was sighted in the sky of Bangladesh today.

"The moon of Shawwal month of 1444 Hijri was sighted today in the skyline of the country. The holy Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated tomorrow," Islamic Foundation (IF) Assistant Public Relations Officer Shayla Sharmin told BSS after the meeting of National Moon Sighting Committee.

State Minister for Religious Affairs and National Moon Sighting Committee President Md Faridul Haque Khan presided over the meeting at the meeting room of IF at Baitul Mokarram National Mosque here this evening, she said.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages today greeting the countrymen as well as the Muslims across the world on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Fitr.

The main jamaat of the Eid-ul-Fitr will be held at the National Eidgah on the High Court premises here at 8.30 am tomorrow.

If the congregation cannot be held due to inclement weather or any other unavoidable reason, it will be held at 9 am at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque here.

Another congregation of the holy Eid-ul-Fitr prayers will be held at 8:30 am at the South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) on the Eid day.

Besides, five Eid jamaats (congregation) will be held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque here on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr.

The first Eid jamaat will be held at 7am while the next four Jamaats will be held at 8am, 9am, 10am and 10.45am respectively.

President M Abdul Hamid will offer the prayers of Eid-ul-Fitr along with hundreds of people from all walks of life at the National Eidgah Maidan.

Apart from the head of the state, the country's noted personalities, including chief justice, cabinet members, judges of the Supreme Court, lawmakers, senior political leaders and high civil and military officials will also say their prayers there.

After the prayers, President Hamid will exchange Eid greetings with the Musullies (devotees) at the Eidgah on the day.

The Eid jamaat will be held under the auspices of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC). Special arrangement has been made for women to offer Eid prayers at the national Eidgah.

An intensified security measures were taken in and around the prayers ground.

On his arrival at the Eidgah, the President will be received by Chief Justice Hasan Foez Siddique, DSCC Mayor Barrister Fazle Noor Taposh and other concerned.

Meanwhile, the holy Jumatul Wida, the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, was observed across the country today with due solemnity and religious fervour.

The biggest Jumatul Wida congregation was held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque.

Eid-ul-Fitr is an Arabic word meaning "festival of breaking of the fast".

The festival marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk during the holy month.

On the Eid day morning, usually, Muslim devotees gather at mosques and prayer venues to perform Eid prayers and greet each other.

The festival is celebrated by visiting friends and relatives, hosting food parties and sharing sweets.

Children not only get new clothes and shoes, but also receive cash gifts called "Salami" from their elders, relatives and well-wishers.

The occasion is seen as a time of forgiveness and giving thanks to Allah for helping people to complete their month-long spiritual fasting.

Many Muslims distribute cash and food to the less fortunate ones.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

BNP to stage movement after which Eid; says Hasan

Information and Broadcasting Minister and Awami League Joint General Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud today said after which Eid BNP will stage movement.

"We have been hearing for 14 years that BNP will stage demonstrations after Eid, winter, summer, Eid-ul-Azha and after closure of the schools. People identified those statements of Mirza Fakhrul as absurd. My question is after which Eid they are talking about," he said.

The minister told reporters while replying to a query after returning from Europe on an official tour at his official residence in city's Mintu Road.

Replying to another query over upcoming city corporation polls, Hasan said it is clear that BNP's leaders want to participate in the polls though the party is telling to boycott the elections. The leaders of BNP had taken part in other polls independently, he added.

Now, he said, the BNP leaders are running for the city polls and discussions are being held centering the polls. "I think many leaders of the party (BNP) would take part in the polls wearing masks. We want that they to take part in the elections without masks," said Hasan.

He said the party (BNP) would not be able to prevent their leaders from participating in polls, if BNP doesn't participate in the upcoming general elections.

The minister said the Election Commission (EC) will organise the polls and the government will provide all out cooperation to hold a free, fair and neutral elections. All observers will observe the polls, he added.

"We hope that the BNP will take part in the polls," he said.

Replying to another query over his recent Europe tour, the minister said two Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) were signed with BritishPathe and Red Orange, to collect audio-visual footages of the Liberation War of Bangladesh. Discussions were also held with different organizations including Associated Press to collect footages which will enrich the history, said Hasan.

Replying to a query over sharing a news in the facebook page of the US Embassy in Dhaka on RAB issue and the statement of the US State Department, the minister said it is clear from the statement of the US State Department that they are often out of touch with the activities of the US embassy and meetings with different people and raised question on various issues.

He said someone in the embassy shared it and the opposition party instigated it. It is clear through the incident that the opposition party often visits the embassy at night to incite them, said Hasan.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Modi greets Sheikh Hasina on Eid-ul-Fitr

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina and the people of Bangladesh on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the greatest religious festivals of the Muslims.

In an Eid greetings message sent to Sheikh Hasina, Modi wrote: "On behalf of the people of India, I convey my Eid greetings to you and the people of Bangladesh".

During the Holy Month of Ramadan, he mentioned, Muslims around the world, including India, has performed fasting and prayers, a press release of the Prime Minister's Press Wing said today.

"On this auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, the people of the world along with the Muslim Ummah are realising the values of unity and brotherhood," Modi said.

The Indian premier highly praised the Bangladesh Prime Minister, saying that as a result of Sheikh Hasina's personal initiative, the multilateral partnership-based relationship of the two countries has been transformed into a "role model of neighborly relations" in the world.

Modi said, "I look forward to continuing work with Sheikh Hasina to take the relations between the two countries to new heights".

He wished peace, harmony, good health and happiness for the people of the two countries and across the world.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Jumatul Wida observed

The holy Jumatul Wida, the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, was observed across the country today with due

solemnity and religious fervour.

The biggest Jumatul Wida congregation was held at the Baitul Mukarram

National Mosque in the capital.

Besides, Muslim devotees across the country joined Juma prayers in

congregations at different mosques on the day.

Khateebs and Ulema delivered sermons highlighting significance of the Jumatul Wida before the prayers.

Marking the day, special prayers were offered at mosques seeking peace,

progress and prosperity of the nation and the Muslim Ummah.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Preparation completed to hold Eid-ul-Fitar in Jamlpur

All preparations have been completed to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitar, the greatest religious festivity of the Muslims, in the district tomorrow with due religious solemnity.

According to Islamic Foundation sources, main Eid congregation will be held at Central Eidgah Field at 8:30 am. Mufti Abdullah will conduct the Eid congregation.

The second Eid congregation will be held at Jamalpur District Model Mosque in the town. Maulana Masud Hossain will conduct the prayer.

Besides, Eid congregation will be held in all Model Mosques in the district.

Deputy Director, Islamic Foundation, Md Abdur Razzak said all preparations have been completed to hold the Eid Jamaat in the Model Mosques.

District Administration distributed 3671400 kilogrammes of rice among 367140 poor families in the district to mark the Eid-ul-fitar through VGF cards.

Besides, 27726 families in eight municipalities also got the rice through VGF card.

Apart from this, District Awami League also disbursed Eid gifts on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina among the destitute families to mark the festival.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

Rajshahi’s main Eid jamaat at Shah makhdum Eidgah

The main jamaat (congregation) of Eid-ul-Fitr is scheduled to be held on Shah Makhdum Central Eidgah Maidan in the city at 8 am tomorrow on the Eid day.

But if the inclement weather prevails, the main Eid jamaat will be held at Dargah Mosque at the same on the day, Islamic Foundation sources said.

Political leaders including city mayor, parliament members and divisional and district level high officials are likely to offer their prayers at the main Eid jamaat.

The second and the third largest Eid jamaats will be held at Tikapara Eidgah Maidan and at Shaheb Bazar Zero Point at the same time.

Apart from this, the notable Eid-jamaats will be held at Rajshahi University, Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology, Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital campus, Rajshahi Court Eidgah, Rajshahi Stadium, Shalbagan Eidgah, New Market Jame Mosque, Police Line Math, Upashahar Eidgah Maidan and Rajarhata Jame Mosque.

Over 150 Eid jamaats are scheduled to be held at the traditional and temporary venues in the Rajshahi metropolis under the supervision of the respective Eid jamaat committees.

To make the city's Eid congregations a success, Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) is extending necessary cooperation to decorate 25 Eid congregations' venues.

The city corporation will decorate the entire city roads and islands with national flags and banners inscribed with "Eid-Mubarak" in Bangla and Arabic.

Rajshahi Metropolitan Police and RAB have taken all-out security measures for peaceful celebration of the Eid.

Marking the celebration, special diets will be served to the inmates of different hospitals, jails and Government Shishu Sadan.

Meanwhile, above 11.84 lakh marginalized and distressed families were brought under Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme in all eight districts under Rajshahi division this year on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr festival

Under the programme, 11,844.46 tonnes of rice were distributed among the beneficiary families in all 565 union parishads under 67 upazilas and 62 pourasabhas (municipalities) in the division.

Each of the card-holders received 10-kg of rice this time as per the list prepared earlier under the existing social safety net programme.

District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer (DRRO) in Rajshahi Shalah-Uddin-Al Wadud told BSS that distribution of VGF rice was completed within the stipulated time so that the beneficiary poor and distressed families could celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr in festive mood.

District-wise breakup of the card-holding beneficiary families are: 70,475 in Rajshahi, 2,13,844 in Sirajganj, 1,67,243 in Pabna, 91,897 in Natore, 2,44,465 in Naogaon, 35,029 in Joypurhat, 1,90,362 in Chapainawabganj and 1,70,991 in Bogura.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS

Day temperature may fall by 1-3 degree Celsius in next 24 hours

Bangladesh Meteorological Department today predicted that Day temperature may fall by 1-3 degree Celsius and night temperature may fall slightly over the country.

The Met office also forecasted rain/thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty/squally wind is likely to occur over Rangpur, Rajshahi, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions with hails at isolated places in the next 24 hours commencing at 9 am today.

Severe heat wave is sweeping over the districts of Rajshshi, Pabna, Jashore, Chuadanga and Kushtia, it also said.

Mild to moderate heat wave is sweeping over Dhaka division and the rest parts of Rajshahi and Khulna divisions and the districts of Rangpur, Dinajpur, Moulvibazar, Rangamati, Bandarban and Bhola and it may abate some places.

The highest temperature of the country was recorded on Friday 42.8 degrees Celsius at Chuadanga and minimum temperature today was 20.9 degrees Celsius at Sylhet.

The sun sets at 6:22pm today and rises at 5:31am tomorrow in the capital

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)