Altaf Hameed Rao
MIRPUR (AJK): People across Jammu & Kashmir state dwelling on both sides of the LoC are all set to celebrate Eid ul Azha on September 2 -Saturday with traditional religious zeal and fervor.
In the continuation of the renewal of the religious, historic and invincible bondage with Pakistan, people of Jammu & Kashmir on both sides of the line of control will celebrate Eid ul Azha simultaneously with the scheduled observance of the festival in Pakistan on September 2.
The day will dawn with special prayers in the mosques for the stability, integrity, unity and solidarity of the Muslim Ummah, progress and prosperity of Pakistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir, early liberation of all occupied Muslim homelands including Indian held Jammu & Kashmir and for the early success of the Kashmir freedom movement.
In Azad Jammu Kashmir, special Eid ul Azha prayer congregations will be held at all small and major cities and towns of all ten districts of the liberated territory including the stateâ€™s metropolis Muzaffarabad, Mirpur, Kotli, Bhimbher, Haveili, Hattiyan, Bagh, Sudhanoti, Rawalakot and Neelam valley districts where the people will offer Eid prayer at the mosques, eid gahs and open places. Later on the â€˜farzandan-e-Touheedâ€™ will scarify animals following the foot step of the towering personality of Hazrat Ibrahiem (AS) who by obeying the order of Allah Almighty, asked his son Hazrat Ismail (AS) for his sacrifice. Any way, Ismaiel (AS) walked smilingly to the altar. The knife did not work. Hazrat Ismaiel (AS) survived. A sheep was slaughtered instead and Muslims were directed to commemorate the event every year. AJK government has announced September 1 to 4 official holidays for celebrating Eid ul Azha across AJK