national Akheri Munajat to end 2nd phase of Biswa Ijtema on Sunday
MNA National Desk: The 2nd phase of 53rd Biswa ijtema, which started on Friday, will end with ‘Akheri munajat’ on Sunday. This is the second largest Muslim congregation after the Hajj held on the bank of Turag River at Tongi.
Mawlana Md Jubaer, Pesh Imam of Kakrail Jaame Mosque will conduct the concluding prayers, said one of the organizers.
The second phase of Biswa Ijtema formally began with ‘aambayan’ (general sermon) after Fazr prayers at dawn on Friday (January 19) amid tight security.
Around 20 to 25 lakh people from all walks of life, including cabinet members, lawmakers, professionals and political leaders, are expected to join the Akheri Munajat tomorrow.
The first phase of the three-day Ijtema ended on January 14.
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 till filing the report due to old age complication coincided with the cold weather.
“The two foreigner devotees were identified as Nesar Bin Rahman, (55), of Malaysia and Abdur Rahman Jumba, (65), of Zimbabwe,” the OC said, adding that both of them were laid to eternal rest in the Ijtema ground.
However, the bodies of the local devotees, identified as Kazi Azizul Haque, 60, Abdul Mamun, 33, Md Shahidullah (65) and Mahar Ali (60), were sent to their respective villages after namaz-e-janaza at the Ijtema ground, he said.
Tablig Jamaat has been organising the Biswa Ijtema on the bank of Turag river since 1967. Now Ijtema is being held in two phases since 2011 to deal with overcrowding and ensure better management and security.