The second phase of three-day Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj, begins on the banks of the River Turag at Tongi on Friday.
The 55th edition of the Bishwa Ijtema would began through ‘am bayan’ (general sermons) after fajr prayers with the participation of the followers of Indian Islamic preacher Maulana Muhammad Saad Al Kandhalvi.
Several thousand devotees are expected to offer jumma prayers on the first day of the 2nd phase of Ijtema.
Thousands of devotees from home and abroad had started thronging the banks of the River Turag to take part in the religious event to seek divine blessings.
The three-day Bishwa Ijtema would end on January 19 with akheri munajat.
Additional police would be deployed in and around the Ijtema venue to ensure security of the devotees. The venue had been brought under CCTV surveillance.
The 1st phase of three-day Biswa Ijtema ended on Sunday through the akheri munajat.
Tabligh Jamaat had been organising the congregation at the venue since 1967.
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