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Saturday, January 10, 2015, Poush 27, 1421, Robiul Awal 18, 1436 Hijr

Biswa Ijtema's Akheri munajat Sunday
Published : Saturday, 10 January, 2015,  Time : 5:49 PM,  View Count : 27
The "Akheri Munajat" (concluding prayer) of the first phase of Biswa Ijtema on the banks of the river Turag at Tongi will be offered Sunday, ending the three-day annual Muslim congregation.

Tens of thousands of the Muslims from home and abroad are participating in the second largest congregation of the Muslims after Hajj.

Our Gazipur correspondent reports, some four million people from all walks of life are expected to join the Akheri Munajat before the Zohr prayers tomorrow.

The second phase of the Ijtema will be held from January 16 to 18 in the same venue.

Devotees were pouring into the ijtema ground and adjoining areas defying nonstop blockade enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.

President M Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, ministers, MPs, political leaders and senior officials are expected to join the concluding prayer along with millions of devotees.

Loudspeakers have been set up at all directions beyond the ijtema ground to facilitate people to listen to the munajat.

The Ijtema formally began with "ambayan" (general sermon) after Fazr prayers at dawn on Friday.

Today, the second day of the Ijtema, passed off through discussions on various issues, including teachings of Islam and supremacy of Allah.

The eminent alims, in their sermons, stressed on following the guidance of the holy Quran and Sunnah. The sermons were translated into different languages of the world.

Maulana Abdul Wahad, Maulana Jamshed and Maulana Ahmed Lartof of Pakistan and Kakrail Mosque Khatib Maulana Jubayer Al Hassan delivered sermons, among others, today.

After Asr prayers dowry-free marriages of a good number of couples were solemnized in the ijtema. Special prayers were offered for peace and happiness of the newlywed couples.

About 10,700 devotees from some 93 foreign countries, including India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Oman, Yemen, Sudan, Palestine, Tunisia, Bahrain, France, Kuwait, Somalia, Kenya, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, the United States, Iraq and Iran are taking part in the congregation, organizers said.

Besides, tin sheds for foreign participants, temporary gunny roofing has been put up for the local participants.

Tight security measures have been taken to ensure peaceful conclusion of the Ijtema.

Measures have been taken to ensure supply of electricity and water in and around the ijtema venue and ensure sanitation and health services for the devotees.

Special measures have taken for transportation of the devotees.

Doctors are working round the clock at free medical camps, set up for providing medical support to the participants, if required.

So far, five devotees died of different physical complications. Of them, one Jahangir Alam, 70, passed away at 11 am today. He is from Dakkhin Badda in Dhaka.


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