Tabligh groups agree to hold Ijtema together in February

Maulana Saad of Delhi will not attend

Ershad Kamol | Published: 14:42, Jan 23,2019 | Updated: 00:26, Jan 24,2019


A file photo of January 22, 2018 shows trains brim with passengers who, after participating in the second phase of Bishwa Ijtema on the bank of the River Turag, were returning home . — New Age photo

Both the Bangladesh Tabligh Jamaat factions agreed to hold Bishwa Ijtema at Tongi on the Turag bank in February.
The schedule of Bishwa Ijtema would be finalized today, announced home minister Asaduzzaman Khan at a joint press briefing with state minister for religious affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah at the home ministry Wednesday.
The home minister also announced that both the tabligh groups agreed to hold the ijtema without the participation of Maulana Muhammad Saad Al Kandhalvi of India.
Earlier, the home minister held a three-hour meeting with the state minister of religious affairs which was also attended by secretaries of the security division of home ministry, the bridges division and the religious affairs ministry, the inspector general of police, the directors general of BGB and RAB as well as guardians of both the tabligh groups.
‘The good news for all is that both the rival groups agreed to hold the ijtema together. Two leaders from both the factions would jointly lead the activities relating to holding the ijtema,’ said the home minister.
Asked about the reason behind the government intervening in the row between the tabligh factions, state minister Abdullah said, ‘We had to intervene as Bishwa Ijtema’s appeal was dimmed by rivalry between the groups.’
Asked whether the discussion between the government and the tabligh groups took place under conditions, Abdullah said, there were conditions but we will not disclose them.’
He said that both the groups agreed to set the ijtema schedule over a meeting in his office.
The meeting in the home ministry conference room over, guardians of both the tabligh groups embraced each other.
One group was led by Wasiful Islam, professor Eunus, Mosharraf Hossain while the other group by Maulana Muhammad Zubair, Rabiul Haque and Omar Faruque.
Abdullah said that to permanently resolve the row of tabligh’s global leadership that the government send a team comprising of its officials and representatives of both the tabligh groups to Darul Uloom Deoband in India.
A previous move to send the delegation to Deoband failed due to India’s refusal to issue visas, tabligh leaders said.
On December 1, the home ministry suspended holding Bishwa Ijtema in January for holding the general election.
Since the last year differences between the tabligh groups over Maulana Saad attending the ijtema led to clashes blocking traffic on the Dhaka-Gazipur Highway near the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
Tight security would put in place during the Ijtema, said the home minister.
‘The army might also be deployed if needed,’ he said.

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