Kathmandu – The Muslim community across the country is observing Bakr-EId with much fanfare today.
Muslims visit the mosques, offer prayers to Allah, perform Namaj prayers and exchange greetings with each other on the occasion.
The festival falls on the 70th day of Ramadan, the nine months of the Hijri (Islamic lunar calendar) and on this occasion, Muslims observe fasting during daylight. The Jame and Kashmiri Mosques in the capital, outside Kathmandu Valley, madrasas and Eidgah (open-air places) are crowded with the EId devotees gathered to observe the festival.
The festival is observed to commemorate the moment when Ibrahim, the first of the Old Testament became ready to sacrifice his son at the command of Allah, the Muslim God, some 1,435 years ago as per the Hijri calendar.
Reading Namaj, observing Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca Medina) and Roja (fasting), and offering donations and sacrifices are the five main good deeds that are supposed to be followed by Muslims the world over.
Rastriya Samachar Samiti