2nd phase of Bishwa Ijtema ends today

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Gazipur | Published: 00:05, Jan 21,2018 | Updated: 00:27, Jan 21,2018

 
 
Bishwa Ijtema

A devotee is seen saying rosary at the venue of Bishwa Ijtema at Tongi, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on Saturday. — Ali Hossain Mintu

The second phase of the three-day 53rd Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest Muslim congregation after the Hajj, will end with ‘Akheri Munajat’ (concluding prayers) today on the bank of River Turag at Tongi in Gazipur.
Senior most Imam (Pesh Imam) of Kakrail Jame Mosque Maulana Md Jubaer will conduct the concluding prayers seeking peace, happiness and wellbeing of the Muslim Ummah, said one of the organisers. Around 20 to 25 lakh people from all walks of life, including cabinet members, lawmakers, professionals and political leaders, are expected to join the Akheri Munajat of the second phase of Bishwa Ijtema before the zuhr prayers today.
The second phase of Biswa Ijtema formally began with Ambayan (general sermon) after fajr prayers at dawn on Friday amid tight security.
Earlier, the first phase of the three-day Ijtema ended on January 14 that began at the same venue after fajr prayers on January 12 with Ambayan. Noted ulema, mashaekhs in their sermons stressed following the guidance of the Quran and Sunnah. The sermons were translated into different languages of the world.
From beginning of the three-day Ijtema, including the first and second phases, a total of six devotees with two foreigner, died at the Ijtema ground till filing the report due to old age complication coincided with the cold weather, Tongi Model Police Station officer-in-charge Md Firoz Talukder said on Saturday.
‘The two foreigner devotees were identified as Nesar Bin Rahman, (55), of Malaysia and Abdur Rahman Jumba, (65), of Zimbabwe,’ the OC said, adding that both of them were laid to eternal rest in the Ijtema ground.
However, the bodies of the local devotees, identified as Kazi Azizul Haque, 60, Abdul Mamun, 33, Md Shahidullah (65) and Mahar Ali (60), were sent to their respective villages after namaz-e-janaza at the Ijtema ground, he said.
Tablig Jamaat has been organising the Biswa Ijtema on the bank of River Turag since 1967. Now Ijtema is being held in two phases since 2011 to deal with overcrowding and ensure better management and security, an organiser said.

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