The first phase of the 53rd Bishwa Ijtema, a congregation organised by Tabligh Jamaat, on the bank of the River Turag at Tongi in Gazipur, ends today with Akheri Munajat.
The concluding prayer of the three-day Ijtema, the second largest congregation of the Muslims after Hajj, would be conducted in Bangla, senior Tabligh leaders confirmed on Saturday.
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Hafez Maulana Mohammad Zubayer would conduct the prayer between 10:00am and 11:00am on Sunday, said senior Tabligh leader Md Gias Uddin.
Senior Tabligh leader Maulana Saad Kandhalvi from Delhi, who had delivered the beginning sermon and led the concluding prayers, for last few years, went back from Bangladesh without attending the Ijtema amid the protests by followers of a section of Tabligh Jamaat shura members.
Organisers said that two more devotees including one from Malaysia died at Shaheed Ahsan Ullah Master General Hospital on Friday night increasing the death toll to four.
Malaysia national Nurhan Bin Abdur Rahman, 55, died at about 9:30pm while taking preparation for saying prayers after ablution.
Another devotee Md Rafiqul Islam, 50, of village Charbaita in Lakshmipur Sadar, fell sick at about 11:00pm and was rushed to the hospital, where he was declared dead.
Traditional wedding ceremony, used to be held on the second day in each session of Ijtema, also was not held this year.
Before the concluding prayer, a sermon guiding Muslim devotees would also be delivered in Bangla by Maulana Abdul Matin, Tabligh leader Md Gias Uddin added.
Organisers said a total of 3,919 overseas devotees from 79 countries and hundreds of thousands of devotees from 14 districts of the country joined the first phase scheduled to be ended today.
All entrance to the venue from Vogra Bypass on the Dhaka-Mymensigh Highway, from Nimtali on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway and from Bipail on the Dhaka-Tangail Highway will be closed for traffics from 12.00am on Sunday till the end of Akheri Munajat, Gazipur Traffic police confirmed.
In the capital, traffic movement will be restricted on the Dhaka-Mymensingh Road stretching from Mohakhali to Abdullah from 4:00am to the end of the Akheri Munajat, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police.
Over 50 shuttle buses will run from Vogra to Tongi Station Road area on Sunday to carry the devotees to the venue on Sunday.
In addition 21 special trains were also facilitated for the Akheri Munajat.
The second phase of the congregation will be held between January 19 and January 21.
The first Ijtema was held at Kakrial Mosque in Dhaka in 1946. This was followed by a congregation at Chittagong Hajji camp in 1958.
Next year the Ijtema will be held in two phases: the first from 11 to 13 January and the second from 18 to 20 January, said Md Gias Uddin.
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