1st phase of Biswa Ijtema begins with ‘Aam Bayan’
Published: 09:36 AM, 10 January 2020 Updated: 01:35 PM, 10 January 2020
The first phase of the 55th Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation for the Muslim pilgrims, began on Friday morning on the bank of Turag River at Tongi, on the outskirts of the capital, amid tight security.
The first phase of the Ijtema began with ‘Aam Bayan’ (general sermons) by noted scholars back Fazr prayers that will end with Akheri Munajat (final prayers) on January 12.
The second phase of the Ijtema will begin on January 17 at the same venue and it is scheduled to end with Akheri Munajat on January 19.
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday issued separate messages greeting the Muslim devotees all over the world on the occasion of the Bishwa Ijtema and wished all success of this year’s congregation.
However, all preparations for the Ijtema, including setting up pandel, stage, a floating bridge over the Turag River and toilets have been completed. Gas, electricity and water connections were given to the Ijtema ground.
State Minister for Religious Affairs Advocate Sheikh Md Abdullah inaugurated a medical camp of Hamdard free of cost on the Ijtema-ground.
Meanwhile, thousands of devotees from home and abroad have started to throng the Ijtema ground from Thursday (after Johr prayers) to take part in the religious event seeking divine blessings of the Almighty Allah.
Tablig Jamaat has been organizing the Ijtema at this venue since 1967. However, the Ijtema is held in two phases since 2011 to ease the accommodation problem.
Besides, foolproof security measures have been taken to hold the three-day BiswaIjtema in a peaceful manner where around 12,000 law enforcers will remain vigilant on its ground.
A total of 15 gates and eight control rooms of different law enforcement agencies have been set up to monitor the overall activities of the Tongi Ijtema.
According to the sources, 15 watchtowers of police and 10 others for RABhave also been set up to ensure the overall security of the devotees.
Special measures have also been taken to ensure uninterrupted electricity and water supply during the Ijtema time.
Around 3.54 lakh gallons of freshwater will be supplied everyday through13 deep tube-wells and 60 trucks will be engaged round the clock in removing garbage from the Ijtema ground.
A total of 175 gas burner stoves, six telephone sets, and two hotline numbers were set up to provide cooking facilities for foreign devotees at theIjtema compound.
A total of 45 healthcare centers have been set up at different parts of the venue along with first aid and other treatment facilities to provide healthcare services to the devotees.
Bangladesh Railways (BR) has launched three-day special train services on several destinations for the devotees participating in the congregation.
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