The first phase of three-day Biswa Ijtema is scheduled to end through Akheri Munajat at the Ijtema ground at Tongi, on the outskirts of Dhaka, today.
Kakrail mosque imam Hafez Maulana Mohammad Zubayer is expected to conduct the Akheri Munajat in Bangla anytime between 10:30am and 11:30am and he will also conduct the special sermons ‘Hedayeti Bayan’ before the munajat seeking blessings for the Muslim ummah.
The ijtema ground had already become a human sea as tens of thousands of devotees across the country gathered on the ijtema ground where the congregation is considered to be the second largest gathering of Muslim devotees in the world.
Devotees from across the country had been coming to the ground until Saturday evening and more devotees are expected to join the ijtema this morning defying the ongoing shivering cold.
A good number of devotees, on the other hand, were infected with cold related diseases at the ijtema ground.
Meanwhile, four more devotees - Tomij Uddin, 65, of Dimla in Cumilla, Shahjahan, 60, of Ashuganj in Brahmanbaria, Ali Azgar, 70, of Gauranadi in Barisal and Yusuf Member, 45, of Narayanganj died of old age complications on Friday night and early Saturday, raising the number of deaths at the ijtema ground to nine, said Gazipur Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner Md Monzur Rahman.
He said that all entrance to the venue from Dhaka Airport to Chandana Chawrasta on Dhaka-Mymensigh highway, Mirerbazar to Tongi point in Gazipur and Abdullahpur and Ashulia of Dhaka will be closed for all types for vehicles from Sunday 5:00am till the end of Akheri Munajat.
Over 50 shuttle buses will ply between Vogra and Station road at the Ijtema venue on Sunday to carry the devotees to the venue for participating at the Akheri Munajat.
In addition, special trains will operate trips to facilitate the Akheri Munajat.
Religious scholars from home and abroad deliver ‘bayans’ (lectures) explaining the Islamic philosophy and different aspects of life and society in the light of the Holy Quran and the Hadith.
Their sermons were instantly translated into Bangla, English, Hindi, Malayalam and other languages to make the devotees of different language groups understand them.
The first phase of the Ijtema began after Fazr prayers on Friday.
The second phase of the Tongi Ijtema will begin on January 17 at the same venue and it is scheduled to end with Akheri Munajat on January 19.
Tabligh Jamaat has been organising the Ijtema at this venue since 1967.
Organising the Bishwa Ijtema, every year since 1946, the Tablighi Jamaat authorities in 2011 split the Ijtema into two phases, dividing the participation of the 64 districts, to reduce pressure at the venue and ensure better management and security.
But due to quarrel between the two factions over the nomination of Ameer of World Tabligh Jamaat, now the Ijtema held in the two phases at the arrangement of the two groups since last year.
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