Second phase Bishwa Ijtema to end with Akheri Munajat today

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

Muslim devotees take part in the Akheri Munajat, or final prayers, during the first phase of annual Muslim gathering `Bishwa Ijtema` in Tongi, some 30 kms north of Dhaka on 12 January 2020. Photo: AFP

The second phase of three-day Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj, will end on the banks of the Turag river in Tongi today (Sunday) through Akheri Munajat (final prayers).

Maulana Mohammad Jamshed of India’s Delhi is scheduled to conduct the final prayers between 11:00am and 11:30am, said Maulana Syed Wasiful Islam, reports UNB.

The 55th edition of the Bishwa Ijtema began on Friday with "a'mbayan" (general sermons) after Fazr prayers with the participation of the followers of Indian Islamic preacher Maulana Muhammad Saad Al Kandhalvi.

Devotees from home and abroad thronged the banks of the Turag river to take part in the religious event to seek divine blessings of the almighty Allah.

On the second day on Saturday, Indian Islamic scholar Maulana Mohammad Mursalin conducted sermon after Fazr prayers that were translated in Bangla by Mufti Azimuddin.

Meanwhile, five devotees have so far died at the Ijtema venue during the second phase of Bishwa Ijtema.Muslim devotees take part in the Akheri Munajat, or final prayers, during the first phase of annual Muslim gathering `Bishwa Ijtema` in Tongi, some 30 kms north of Dhaka on 12 January 2020. Photo: AFP

Bus routes 

Md Anwar Hossain, commissioner of Gazipur Metropolitan Police, said the movement of buses will remain closed on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway from Gazipur Chowrasta intersection to Mohakhali in the capital from 4:00am for smooth movement of the devotees.

Buses from northern districts will remain halted at Konabari in Gazipur while all link roads towards Tongi will be closed during the Akheri Munajat, he added.

The first phase of three-day Ijtema ended on 12 January where followers of Maulana Zubair Hassan, the imam of Kakrail mosque, took part.

Tabligh Jamaat has been organising the congregation at the venue since 1967.

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