Decision on Biswa Ijtema after Jan
Published: 06:05 PM, 31 December 2020
The Biswa Ijtema of Tabligh Jamaat, the second largest congregation of Muslim pilgrims, is not being held on the scheduled date on the banks of Turag River in Tongi due to global pandemic coronavirus. The government will decide whether there will be an Ijtema after assessing the COVID situation in the country until January.
According to sources, the two groups of Tablighs have proposed the government to hold the Biswa Ijtema in late February or early March due to the improvement of the coronavirus situation.
The first phase of the Biswa Ijtema 2021 was scheduled for January 8, 9 and 10 and the second phase was scheduled for January 15, 16 and 17.
State Minister for Religion Faridul Haque Khan Dulal said, “We will monitor the coronavirus situation till January. If the situation improves then maybe we will discuss with everyone and set a date.”
He added that there are two groups in the Ijtema. “Even if there are groups, we will share the information with them. Since we have done it in two phases this year, we will do it again in 2021 if necessary,” said Faridul Haque Khan Dulal.
He said the pilgrims could not perform Hajj from Bangladesh last year. Although there is no possibility, we are ready. “We are keeping the Hajj papers of at least 20,000 to 25,000 people in order. If Hajj will be held to a limited extent, we will be able to send 5,000 people. We have made that arrangement.”
The State Minister for Religion said that the Tabligh pilgrims want to hold an ijtema at the end of February or the beginning of March, however, it depends on the coronavirus situation.
“If Allah keeps the situation good, we will do Ijtema In-Sha-Allah. However, in the current situation, there is no decision to hold Ijtema,” said State Minister for Religion Faridul Haque Khan Dulal.