2nd phase of Ijtema ends today 

4 more devotees die 

Mohammad Ali Zheelon . Gazipur | Published: 12:03, Jan 18,2020 | Updated: 00:24, Jan 19,2020


The second phase of the 55th Bishwa Ijtema, an annual event of Tabligh Jamaat, ends today with ‘akheri munajat’ sometime between 10:00am and 11:00am on the bank of the river Turag at Tongi, beside the capital city.

The akheri munajat, the concluding prayer, would be conducted by Indian Islamic scholar Maulana Jamshed, said senior Tabligh leader Maulana Ashraf Ali.

Jamshed will also deliver a special sermon ‘Hedayeti Bayan’ before akheri munajat, he added. The second phase began on Friday morning through Aam Bayan after Fazr prayers.

The Ijtema site has already become a human sea and thousands from different parts of the country are still thronging the venue, located in Gazipur district, under a huge canopy ignoring shivering cold.

After the first phase of Ijtema that ended on January 12, the followers of Maulana Saad Kandhalvi are particularly attending the 2nd phase. Maulana Saad has been staying away from the event for the last few years following a leadership rift after he announced self as chief of the body.

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.

Four people died on Friday night and Saturday morning there. The deceased were Humayun Kabir, 60, from Pirganj, AFM Jaharul Alam, 65, from Jhenidah, Ilias Mia, 85, from Turag area, and Abdur Sobhan, 65, from Gaibandha. Three more people died earlier in the phase.

Police said all entrances to the venue from Dhaka Mohakhali to Chandana Chawrasta on Dhaka-Mymensigh highway, Nimtali at Tongi point in Gazipur and Abdullahpur and Ashulia of Dhaka will be closed for all types for vehicles from 4:00am on Sunday till the end of akheri munajat.

Over 50 shuttle buses would operate between Vogra to Station road point at the Ijtema venue on Sunday to carry the devotees to the venue.  In addition, special trains would be operating from Dhaka.

Local and foreign religious scholars delivered ‘bayans’ or lectures explaining the Islamic philosophy and different aspects of life and society in the light of the Holy Quran and the Hadith. The sermons were instantly translated to facilitate the devotees of different language groups.

Tabligh Jamaat has been organising the Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims of the world, at this venue since 1967.

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