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1st phase of Biswa Ijtema ends with Akheri Munajat today

Published on: 10:16 am - Sunday | January 15, 2017

First phase of the 52nd Biswa Ijtema will end today (Sunday) with the offering of Akheri Munajat (concluding prayers).

The Munajat will start anytime between 11. 00 am and 11:30 am, said superintendent of Gazipur police Mohammad Harun Or Rashid.

Mawlana Mohammad Saad of Delhi will conduct Akheri Munajat.

Bishwa Ijtema is the second largest congregation of the Muslims after the Hajj.

Bangladesh Railway will operate 19 special trains on different routes so that people can go to the Ijtema venue to take part in the Akheri Munajat.

Besides, movement of vehicles, except ambulances and police vans, from Joydebpur intersection of Gazipur on Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway to Airport, and from Mirerbazar of Gazipur Sadar on Dhaka-Sylhet Highway to Tongi and Abdullahpur of Abdullahpur-Ashulia road to bypass road will remain restricted from 3.00am on Sunday during the offering of Akheri Munajat, said the SP.

The three-day congregation began on the bank of the Turag River after Fazr prayers on Friday with religious sermons delivered by noted scholar Maulana Obaidul Khorshed.

Thousands of devotees, both from home and abroad, have gathered at the congregation venue and are taking part in the prayers and discussions.

Many of them offered the prayers on roads and footpaths failing to manage places in the Ijtema venue, creating a long tailback on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway.

Some 6,887 overseas devotees have reached the Ijtema venue from several countries, including India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Panama, Egypt, Oman, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iran, Japan, Canada, Cambodia, Mozambique, Russia, the USA, Sweden, Belgium, Italy, Kenya and New Zealand.

The district administration of Gazipur set up around 56 free medical camps in and around the Ijtema venue along with beds and almost all first aid and other treatment facilities with doctors doing round-the-clock duty at each centre.

Besides, special measures were taken to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply during the three-day Ijtema.

The 2nd phase of the Ijtema is scheduled to begin on January 20 at the same venue and end on January 22.

Tablig Jamaat has been organising the Ijtema at the venue since 1967. But, Ijtema is held in two phases since 2011 to ease the accommodation problem.

A five-tier security measure was in place for the event along with deployment of several thousand members of different law-enforcement agencies, including Rab and police.

Rab members are patrolling the ground and the adjacent areas with helicopters to monitor security measures.

Moulana Giasuddin, a senior member of the Ijtema organising committee, said devotees from 32 districts, 16 in each phase, are joining the two phases of Ijtema this year.

Meanwhile, eight devotees died at the Ijtema ground from Thursday to early Sunday due to old-age complications and illness.

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