Muslims observed Bakra-Eid today

KATHMANDU: The Muslim community across the country celebrated Bakr-EId with much fanfare today.

The Jame Mosque at Ghantaghar in Kathmandu saw a huge turnout of the Eid observers arriving here to perform Namaj prayers and observe the festival that falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th and the final month in the Islamic calendar.

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, mosques 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.

(With inputs from Rastriya Samachar Samiti)