The second phase of the 55th Biswa Ijtema began on the bank of river Turag at Tongi in Gazipur on Friday morning through Aam Bayan after Fazr prayers.
After the first phase of Ijtema that ended on January 12, the followers of Maulana Saad Kandhalvi are particularly attending the 2nd phase of Ijtema.
Followers of Maulana Zubair Ahmed, the imam of Dhaka’s Kakrail Mosque, the headquarters of Tabligh Jamaat’s Bangladesh chapter, attended the first phase of the congregation.
Munir Hossain, coordinator of the second phase, said devotees from all the corners of Bangladesh and from different parts of the world have been converging on the venue since Wednesday.
On Friday, Indian Islamic scholar Mufti Osman began his lecture after Fazr praters. Huge columns of devotees began streaming towards the gathering site from dawn.
Dressed in traditional robes and prayer caps, thousands from far-flung villages and towns and across the world thronged the ijtema venue that turned into a human sea during Jumma prayer as people from adjoining areas also rushed to Ijtema field.
Maulana Musharaf conducted the Jumma prayer.
The Islamic scholars in their sermons laid emphasis on Iman, Amal and Akhlaq. They said if Muslims follow the rules of the Quran and Sunnah, they will be the gainer both in this world and hereafter.
As per previous year, various programme, including marriage without dowry and enlisting name for Chilla will be held on Saturday.
Gazipur Metropolitan Police Commissioner Md Anwar Hossain said adequate measures have been taken to ensure security for the participants.
Gazipur City Corporation, district administration, police, RAB and Ansar and VDP have set up separate control rooms to monitor the overall activities of Ijtema.
Different voluntary organisations and government agencies and departments, including roads and highways, public works, information, power, health and fire service – have been engaged in hectic work for the congregation. All activities in the Ijtema are conducted as per decision of the Shurah of Tablig Jamat.
The Three-day religious congregation will be end on January 19 with ‘Akheri Munajat’.
Tabligh Jamaat has been organising the Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims of the world, 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.
Maulana Saad has been staying away from the event for the last few years following a leadership rift within the Tabligh Jamaat after he announced himself as the chief of the body.
The dissension over the organisation’s leadership, between followers of Maulana Saad, the grandson of the Tabligh founder Moulana Iliyas, and Bangladesh’s Moulana Zubair, has boiled over into violent clashes last year when an elderly man was killed and over 200 others injured in an attack over the schedule for the Ijtema in Tongi.
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