First phase Biswa Ijtema ends with ‘Akheri Munajat’

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Gazipur, Jan 10: A 3-day first phase Biswa Ijtema, the second largest Muslim congregation after the holy Hajj, ended on Sunday with ‘Akheri Munajat (final prayer) seeking spiritual divine and welfare of the Muslim Ummah in the world.

Noted Islamic scholar of India Mawlana Muhammad Saad conducted the ‘munajat’ starting around 11:10am.

Before that, he delivered a sermon on the importance of Islam based on the Quran and Hadith.

Around three million devotees, including 7,000 foreigners from 82 countries turned out for the Akheri Munajat on the bank of the Turag river in Tongi, Gazipur.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took part in the munajat from their respective official residences.

Bangladesh Railway (BR) will operate special trains on different routes, including Akhaura, Comilla and Mymensingh, so that people can go to the Ijtema venue to take part in the Akheri Munajat, said Tongi railway station master M Halimuzzaman.

Besides, movement of vehicles, except ambulances and police vans, from Chandana intersection of Gazipur on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway to Airport, and from Savar-Bypile of Tongi-Ashulia road to Abdullahpur and Mirerbazar of Kaligang-Tongi road will remain restricted from 2am on Sunday during the offering of the Akheri Munajat, said Gazipur police super Mohammad Harun Or Rashid.

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 Abdur Rahman of Pakistan.

Islamic scholar of Tabligh Jamaat Abdul Matin interpreted the sermons into Bangla.

Ijtema is being held in two phases from 2012 to ease accommodation problem.

The second phase of Ijtema is scheduled to begin from January 15-17 at the same place.

Meanwhile, eight devotees including a foreigner died on the Biswa Ijtema ground in the last three days.

Besides, thousands of volunteers are working round the clock to make sure the event runs smoothly.

Several health centres have been set up at different parts of the venue along with beds and almost all first aid and other treatment facilities with doctors doing round-the-clock duties at each centre.

Special measures have also been taken to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity during the three-day Ijtema.

Bangladesh Railway is operating 28 special trains to carry the devotees of the two-phase Ijtema.

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