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Biswa Ijtema postponed
Devotees bathing at a corner of the Biswa Ijtema venue on January 11, 2017. The first phase of Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj, begins on the banks of the Turag in Gazipur's Tongi on January 12, 2017. Photo: Rashed Shumon
Star Online Report
The upcoming Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of the worldÕs Muslims, has been postponed.
The decision was taken at a meeting at home ministry, Bangla daily Prothom Alo reports quoting Religious Secretary M Anisur Rahman. Ijtema is normally scheduled in January every year.
Biswa Ijtema has been postponed as the national election is scheduled to be held on December 30 and the Ijtema devotees may face security problems after the election,Ó a top official of the Ministry of Religious Affairs told Bdchronicle.
However, the official could not say when the next Biswa Ijtema will be held.
This yearÕs Biswa Ijtema was held in two phases from January 12-14 and January 19-21 on the bank of the river Turag, on the outskirt of the capital Dhaka.
Tabligh Jamaat has been organising Biswa Ijtema, also called the World Muslims' Congregation, every year since 1946.