Ijtema ends seeking global peace, unity
Published: 12:08 PM, 19 January 2020 Updated: 12:29 PM, 19 January 2020
The second phase of the 55th Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj, ended with Akheri Munajat (final prayer) on Sunday on the banks of the river Turag at Tongi, on the outskirts of the Dhaka.
Maulana Muhammad Jamshed, an Indian preacher, conducted the munajat from 11:49 am seeking world peace, unity and divine blessings for mankind and the Muslim Ummah. The second phase is allocated for the followers of Indian preacher Maulana Saad Kandhalvi.
Thousands of Muslim devotees from home and abroad took part in the Akheri Munajat of the three-day second phase of the Bishwa Ijtema that began on Friday amid intensified security measures.
On the second day of the second phase’s Ijtema, Islamic Scholars delivered sermons on different aspects of Islam in the light of the Holy Quran and Hadith.
The Muslim devotees thronged the Ijtema ground under the open sky while more than 1,500 foreign devotees from 35 countries, including from Jordan, Libya, Africa, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Palestine, the USA, Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, England, joined the Ijtema from the first day of the second phase.
On the occasion of the Akheri Munajat, vehicular movements remained suspended from the Saturday midnight to Sunday afternoon on the Airport to Joydebpur intersection of the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway, Mirer Bazar to Tongi bus stop of the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway via Gazipur and Kamarpara to Ashulia road.
Besides, about 8,500 members of different law enforcement agencies deployed for ensuring security in and around the Ijtema ground.
Earlier, the first phase of the Ijtema was held January 10 to 12 at the same venue.
The first phase of the 56th Biswa Ijtema in 2021 will begin on January 8 that will end with Akheri Munajat (final prayers) on January 10. The second phase of the Ijtema will begin on January 15 at the same venue and it is scheduled to end with Akheri Munajat on January 17.
Tablighi Jamaat has been organizing the Biswa Ijtema on the bank of Turag river since 1967. Now, Ijtema is being held in two phases since 2011 to ease the accommodation problem.
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