ISLAMABAD: Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated with traditional and religious fervour across Pakistan today as well.
On the first day of Eid, prayers were offered at mosques and more than 300 Eidgahs in all cities and towns of the country. Special prayers were offered for the well-being of the country while in sermons, the ulema highlighted the significance and philosophy of Eid-ul-Fitr.
In a rare occasion, Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated on the same day across the country.
Special prayers were also offered for the progress and prosperity of the country and welfare of the Muslim Ummah.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, special care was taken to make sure Eid congregations were held in open places in all major cities and towns while following strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure social distancing.
Security has been beefed up in different parts of the country, including in the federal capital, to avoid any untoward incident on the auspicious occasion.
In the federal capital, the main Eid congregation was held at the Faisal Mosque, where top government officials and envoys of Muslim countries offered Eid prayers along with the citizenry.
Information Minister Senator Shibli Faraz noted that it was a rare occasion that Eid would be celebrated on the same day across the country.
In a tweet, Faraz said Pakistan, “under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan”, is progressing towards a united and prosperous country.
He said we must not forget the pain of families who lost their loved ones in yesterday’s air crash while celebrating Eid.
President, prime minister extend Eid greetings
President Arif Alvi in his Eid message urged the nation to keep adhering to precautionary measures, noting that the whole world was being ravaged by the deadly COVID-19.
He said the nation would face the critical challenge with solidarity and precautionary measures.
The president added that Eid-ul-Fitr had special significance due to the holy month of Ramadan as the day was an award for performing religious obligations and strengthening the spirit of patience and sympathy.
“The day teaches us to adopt all those qualities of humanity, sacrifice and patience as a permanent part of our lives which will pave the way for earning the divine blessings,” he added.
The president further said that the day should remind Muslims to also include the needy and deserving in their happiness by paying special attention to such segments of the society.
Prime Minister Imran Khan in his message stressed upon the nation to pay special attention to the plight of needy, neglected and downtrodden segments of society while observing the auspicious event of Eid-ul-Fitr by extending all possible support, sympathy and care.
The prime minister also emphasised upon the observance of precautionary measures and government’s devised SOPs concerning the virus.
Felicitating the nation and whole Muslim world, he observed that they were fortunate for reaping the blessings of the holy month of Ramadan.
Eid in other parts of the world
India and Bangladesh had declared they will celebrate Eid on Monday after failing to sight the moon.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Indonesia, Turkey, and Qatar, along with the rest of the Muslim world, will be celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr today.