1st phase of Biswa Ijtema ends, 8 devotees died
Staff Correspondent: First phase of the 52nd Biswa Ijtema will end today (Sunday) with the offering of Akheri Munajat (concluding prayers). On the other hand, eight devotees died at the 52nd Biswa Ijtema.
The Munajat will start anytime between 11. 00 am and 11:30 am, said superintendent of Gazipur police Mohammad Harun-ur-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.