Dhaka, Bangladesh: The second phase of Biswa Ijtema (Congregation) began yesterday at Tongi, Bangladesh, 20 kilometer away from Dhaka after the (Juma) prayers with a religious sermon by Indian Islamic scholar Moulana Md Ismail Hossain, according to our reporter Jamil from Tongi.
Devotees participate in the jumma prayers on a road stretch passing by the Bishwa Ijtema ground at Tongi near the capital on Friday on the first day of the second phase of of the congregation. — New Age photo
“The second phase will conclude tomorrow with final supplication— Akheri Munajat. The first- phase was held from January 11 to 13.”
The venue turned into thousands of devotees, including around 2,500 from 77 countries, arrived yesterday. Hundreds of local women arrived at the Ijtema grounds, renting nearby houses and shops for a place to sit and take part in the prayers. The gathering space is only 160-acre, according to the record of Tablig Jamaat committee.
Four devotees died of old age complications and cardiac arrest on Thursday.
Police, Rapid Action Battalion and intelligence agency members, in uniform and plainclothes, have set up a multi-layer security system to avoid any untoward incident, according to officials.
Devotees from 32 districts of the country along with around 25,000 foreigners from 89 countries including Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia and Palestine participated in the first-phase congregation.
Tablig Jamaat has been organizing the annual congregation. The first Ijtema was held in 1946 at Kakrail mosque in Dhaka.
The meet includes delivery of sermons on fundamental matters of Tablig, prayers for spiritual adulation, exaltation and welfare of the Muslim Ummah, and recitation from the holy Quran and Hadith, according to a Tabliq leader.