Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on August 22 all across Pakistan, announced the chairman of Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee, Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman, on Sunday after the confirmed sighting of the moon of Zilhaj.
The Islamic month Zilhaj starts today, whereas Hajj would be performed on August 2o in Saudi Arabia.
The Traditional Celebration
Eid ul Azha, also known as the greater Eid, is one of the two most important celebrations in the Islamic Calendar.
The festival commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) to sacrifice his beloved son Prophet Ismail (A.S) upon the order of Allah.
Muslims all over the world celebrate this festival that marks as the end of the Hajj to Makkah.
The tradition is for all the Muslims to sacrifice a cow, goat, camel or sheep, all those who can afford, and share the meat amongst the family, friends and the poor.
Congo Virus Precautions
With the Congo virus spreading out all over the country, the advisory committee fears health hazards and has advised the people to take serious precautions.
Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) is a viral disease caused by ticks that can cause serious health issues. Currently, Pakistan is ranked 4th on the charts in the overall CCHF cases from the Mediterranean region.
The Metropolitan Commissioner of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), Dr Syed Saif-ur-Rehman, ordered the veterinary and the health and medical services department of KMC to create awareness about the seriousness of this disease so that people can take precautions before and after Eid ul Azha.
He also ordered to carry out fumigation to save the people from the virus.
The Precautionary measures he mentioned are:
- Wear full sleeves when visiting the cattle market.
- Wear light-colored clothes so if there is a tick on it, it can easily be seen.
- Wear gloves during the inspection and slaughter of the animals.
- Avoid eating and drinking in the cattle market.
- If you do come across any tick, do not squeeze it with your bare fingers as the blood is contaminated with Congo virus.
- Butchers should wear gloves when slaughtering the animal
- Wash your hands right after you come in contact with the animal and their blood.