September 04, 2017
Nepali Muslim community yesterday celebrated their annual Bakar-Eid festival, with devotees offering special Namaj prayers at mosques, observing fasts, among other religious activities.
This festival, celebrated on the 70th day of Holy Ramadan, falls in the ninth month of Islamic lunar calendar Hijri.
On account of the festival day, Jame and Kashmiri Mosques in Kathmandu, mosques outside the Valley, Eidgah (open-air places) and madrasas were fully crowded with Eid devotees. A public holiday has been announced on the occasion.
According to Nirdosh Ali, chairperson of the National Muslim Commission, this festival is observed in remembrance of the situation, wherein, Ibrahim (the first of the Old Testament) sacrificed his son at the command of Allah, some 1435 years back as per the Hijri calendar.
Offering Namaj prayers, observing Roja (fasting) and Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca Medina), offering sacrifices and donations are among the five noble activities to be followed by the Muslim community on the occasion.