Biswa Ijtema ends with ‘Akheri Munajat’
Update Time: 21 Jan 2018 12:35 pm:
Thousands of devotees raised their hands seeking blessings for mankind as the second phase of Biswa Ijtema concluded with the ‘Akheri Munajat’ on the Turag banks Sunday.
Maolana Zubayer, imam at Dhaka’s Kakrail Mosque, started the 26-minute munajat from 10:25am.
The Munajat has been offered in both Bangla and Arabic.
The gathering of muslims of all ages spilled onto the adjacent roads during the final prayer.
Many people joined the prayers from rooftops of vehicles and buildings.
The second phase of Biswa Ijtema formally began with “ambayan” (general sermon) after Fazr prayers at dawn on Friday (January 19).
Two devotees have died during the second phase. They are identified as Mobarak Hossain alias Mohor Ali, 65, of Jamalpur and Shahidul Islam, 56, of Keraniganj.
From beginning of the three-day Ijtema, including the first and second phases, a total of six devotees with two foreigner, died at the Ijtema ground due to old age complication coincided with the cold weather, said Tongi Model Thana OC Md Firoz Talukder.
Around 4,500 foreigners from 80 countries and several lakh local devotees from 14 districts took part in the second phase.
No vehicles have been allowed to use the Gazipur intersection, Mirerbazar in Pubail and Abdullahpur in Ashulia since 12am Sunday.
The 53rd Bishwa Ijtema, the second biggest congregation of Muslims after hajj, began on Jan 12 with the participation of thousands of Muslims who came from 17 districts.
After a four-day break, the second phase started on Friday with participation of devotees from 15 districts including Dhaka.
The Tabligh Jamaat has been organising the ‘Biswa Ijtema’ since 1946.