1st phase Ijtema ends seeking divine blessings

14 Jan,2018

Gazipur, BdChronicle:

The first phase of Biswa Ijtema concluded on Sunday with the Akheri Munajat on the bank of the Turag River at Tongi on the outskirts of the capital.

Braving the shivering cold, several lakhs of Muslim devotees, both from home and abroad, converged on the congregation venue and attended the concluding prayers seeking divine blessings for the Muslim Ummah.

Hafez Mohammad Zubayer, the Imam of Kakrail Mosque in Dhaka, conducted the 35-minute Akheri Munajat which began around 10:40 am. For the first time in Biswa ijtema’s history, the final prayers were recited in Bangla.

Top scholar of Indian Tabligh Jamaat Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, who had conducted the final prayers in the last two years, was supposed to do it this year too, but he had to return home on Sturdy following opposition by a faction of the organisation.

The gathering of devotees spilled over into the roads and areas around the Ijtema venue as the Akheri Munajat started.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the Akheri Munajat from Ganobhaban.

Alongside the Ijtema venue, thousands of devotees joined the munajat from the rooftops and terraces of nearby houses, roads and open fields.

Islamic scholars from different countries delivered sermons on various aspects of Islam at the Ijtema.

The three-day Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after the hajj, began on Friday.

Some 4,473 foreign devotees from 88 countries joined the first phase of the Ijtema. 

The second phase of the Ijtema will be held on January 19-21.

Earlier on January 10, a large number of Tabligh Jamaat men put barricades on Airport Road intersection from 12 noon to 4:30 pm protesting the arrival of Saad Kandhalvi to take part in the Biswa Ijtema following his recent controversial comments about religious issues.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Thursday had a meeting with the Sura members of Bangladesh Tabligh Jamaat and five members of 'Alem Advisory Committee' at his ministry to settle the issue.

The meeting decided that Saad Kandhalvi would not join the 53rd Biswa Ijtema to avoid any untoward incident.

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

Police took a five-tier security measure for the Biswa Ijtema to ensure overall security.

Besides, special measures were taken to ease the traffic system. Around 50 CCTVs were installed there to monitor the Ijtema ground and the adjoining areas.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Railway (BR) made arrangements to operate special trains on different routes of the country to facilitate the movement of Muslim devotees of the Biswa Ijtema.

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