Eidul Azha is being celebrated across the country with religious zeal and fervour. After Eid prayers, the faithful are sacrificing camels, cows, goats, rams and sheep to revive the Sunnah of Prophet Hazrat Ibrahim (AS).
The process will continue on three days of the Eid festivities. People prayed to Allah Almighty in mosques and Eidgahs for the solidarity, prosperity and integrity of Pakistan and the liberation of all occupied Muslim territories, including held Jammu and Kashmir.
Scholars from different schools of thought delivered special sermons to highlight the significance of the day and the purpose of the sacrifice rendered by Prophet Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) centuries ago.
In federal capital, the biggest Eid congregation was held at Shah Faisal Mosque. A large number of people have gone to their hometowns from main cities to mark the day with their beloved ones.
In Karachi, the biggest congregation was held at Nishter Park and in Lahore, the mass congregation held at the historic Badshahi Mosque where more than 100,000 people offered Eid prayer.
The city district governments have finalised comprehensive cleanliness plans for Eid-ul-Azha to get rid of entrails and offal of animals.
Special instructions have been given to the staff of Solid Waste Management to continue patrolling roads and streets to lift the waste and keep the atmosphere clean.
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani emphasised the spirit of sacrifice on the occasion of Eidul Azha and urged that religious tolerance be practiced.
The president called upon people to adopt values of sacrifice, brotherhood, kindness and charity to create a tolerant society. We should wage a jihad (struggle) against poverty, deprivation and unemployment,” he added.
President Zardari emphasised that nations pass through “difficult times” and the country now faces the task of rehabilitation of flood-affected people, protection from contagious diseases, and eliminating terrorism. “To overcome these challenges, we need values of sacrifice, brotherhood, fraternity, kindness, tolerance, peace, charity and love more than ever,” he stressed.
He urged the Muslims to do away with regional prejudices and religious intolerance.
Prime Minister Gilani urged people to keep in mind, during their Eid celebrations, the problems of those who had been affected by floods and terrorism. The prime minister said the philosophy of this Eid was to understand the importance of sacrifice and look after the welfare of society.
“On this auspicious occasion, we should not forget the families affected by terrorism and countrymen affected by floods in Sindh and we have to share our happiness with them by helping them out in their hour of need,” he added.