Biswa Ijtema ends with Akheri Munajat
GAZIPUR : The second phase of the 52nd Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of the Muslims after Hajj, concluded today with “Akheri Munajat” on the banks of Turag River at Tongi on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka seeking peace, happiness and wellbeing of the Muslim Ummah.
Tablig Jamaat’s Senior Sura Member Maulana Sa’ad Kandalovi from New Delhi conducted the Akheri Munajat at 11.10 am, said an organizer of the Ijtema.
Tens of thousands of the Muslims including 60200 devotees from 68 countries and 17 districts of Bangladesh converged at the congregation venue and attended the prayers seeking divine blessings of the Almighty Allah.
Mohammad Zahid Ahsan Russel, lawmaker of Gazipur-2 constituency, told BSS that people of Dhaka, Meherpur, Lalmonirhat, Rajbari, Dinajpur, Habiganj, Munshiganj, Kishoreganj, Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Bagerhat, Chandpur, Pabna, Naogaon, Kushtia, Borguna and Barisal districts took part in the second phase of Biswa Ijtema.
Earlier, nearly 40 lakh people both home and abroad took part in the three-day first phase of Biswa Ijtema from January 13 to 15.
Police said intensified security measures of the law enforcement agencies were ensured for safe and smooth holding of today’s Akheri Munajat.
Around 6,000 security personnel including uniformed and plainclothes police and members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and intelligence agencies have been deployed in and around the Ijtema ground to ensure overall security here.
The second phase of Biswa Ijtema formally began with “ambayan” (general sermon) after Fazr prayers on Friday. The eminent ulema-mashaekhs in their sermons stressed following the guidance of the holy Quran and Sunnah.
The sermons were translated into different languages of the world. Loudspeakers were set up at all directions beyond the Ijtema ground to facilitate people to listen to the munajat.
The devotees of foreign countries including India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Oman, Yemen, Sudan, Palestine, Tunisia, Bahrain, France, Kuwait, Somalia, Kenya, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, the United States, Iraq and Iran took part in the Akheri Munajat.
Meanwhile, two devotees died of old age complication at the Ijtema ground due to cold weather in the second phase of the Ijtema, police said.
Organizers said the Bishwa Ijtema was first organised at Dhaka’s Kakrail Mosque in 1946. Two years later, it was held at Chittagong’s Haji camp followed by one at Narayanganj’s Siddhirganj in 1958.
As the number of participants increased, the congregation was eventually moved to the banks of Turag in Gazipur, Later, 160 acres of land was acquired and developed as a permanent Ijtema ground.
Since 2011, it was divided into two phases to deal with overcrowding and ensure better management and security.
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