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Biswa Ijtema moves into 2nd day
The first phase of Biswa Ijtema entered the second day today (Saturday) at Tongi on the outskirts of Dhaka.
The three-day Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after the hajj, began after Fazr prayers on Friday.
Meanwhile, three devotees, including a Malaysian citizen, have died at the Ijtema ground in three days due to old-age complications and illness.
The Malaysian devotee, Nurhan Bin Abdur Rahman, hailing from Malaysia, fell sick on completion of his ablution for players at night and later died on the way to hospital, said another devotee Giyas Uddian.
Besides, Rafiqul Islam, 50, son of Shamsul Haque, hailing from Laxmipur district, died early in the morning as he suffered a heart attack at the Ijtema ground.
The namaz-e-janaza of the two devotees was held after Fazr prayers.
Thousands of devotees, both from home and abroad, have gathered at the congregation venue, and are taking part in prayers and discussions.
Some 4,473 devotees from 88 countries joined the first phase of the Ijtema. Among them, 58 devotees of America, Malaysia and Indonesia went back to their their respective countries.
Ibrahin Refa, an Islamic scholar of Kuwait, conducted today’s ‘a’m bayan’ (general sermon) which was translated into Bangla by Maulana Nurur Rahman.