ISLAMABAD: The festive occasion of Eid-ul-Azha is being celebrated on Wednesday with religious zeal and fervour across the nation.
The day dawned with special prayers in mosques for the wellbeing of the Ummah and the progress, prosperity and security of the country. Eid congregations are being held at mosques, Eidgahs, and open places in all cities, towns and villages with strict adherence to all SOPs of COVID-19.
President Dr Arif Alvi offered Eid-ul-Azha prayer at the Faisal Mosque with complete observance of coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs).
National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri, Senator Faisal Javed and other parliamentarians, along with a number of worshippers also offered prayer at the mosque.
Later, the president prayed for the progress, prosperity and welfare of the country and the Muslim Ummah. The president also exchanged Eid greetings with people while observing social distancing.
The Ulema in their sermons of Eid highlighted the significance of the philosophy of great sacrifice offered by Hazrat Ibrahim and Hazrat Ismail (AS). After the Eid prayer, people started offering animal sacrifices in adherence to religious injunctions.
Eid-ul-Azha is one of the two major festivals in Islam. It marks the conclusion of Hajj, the annual and most important pilgrimage to Makkah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.