The three-day Bishwa Ijtema begins at Tongi on the Turag bank February 15 under the joint auspices of both the Bangladesh Tabligh Jamaat groups.
This year only one session of ijtema would be held to minimize the differences between the two groups, state minister for religious affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah told reporters Thursday afternoon after holding a meeting with the guardians of the both groups at his office.
Syed Wasiful Islam and Khan Shahabuddin Nasim led a group while Maulana Muhammad Zubair and Omar Faruque led the other faction.
The prime minister’s military secretary major general Mia Md Zainul Abedin and religious affairs secretary M Anisur Rahman also attended the meeting.
This would be the 54th Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest Muslim pilgrimage after Hajj.
The ijtema, scheduled for January in two sessions, was postponed by the government for the general election.
Since 2017, sharp differences persisted between the two Bangladesh Tabligh factions over the
participation and leadership of Maulana
Muhammad Saad Al Kandhalvi of Delhi in the Bishwa Ijtema .
On Wednesday, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan after meeting the two groups announced that both the sides agreed to hold the ijtema keeping Maulana Saad away.
Maulana Saad’s controversial remarks fomented conflicts between the two Bangladesh tabligh groups since 2018.
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