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19 June, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Largest Eid congregation peacefully held at Sholakia

Our Correspondent, Kishoreganj

The largest Eid-ul-Fitr congregation of the country was held in Sholakia Eidgah amid peace and calm.

The prayers began at 10am with more than a huge number of devotees, who came here from different parts of the country and even abroad to attend the occasion. Most of these devout people started to come to the district town around a couple of days ahead of Eid to take part in the congregation.

The 191th Eid Jamaat at the Sholakia Eidgah began following the tradition of blank firing at 10am.

Maulana Md Fariduddin Masud, chairman of the Islahul Muslimeen Council and also president of the Jamaat-e-Ulema, conducted the Eid Jamaat this year. A special munajat was also offered, seeking divine blessings for peace, development and welfare of the people and  prosperity for Muslim Ummah.

Considering the militant attack on the Eid Jamaat in Sholakia in 2016, the government took unprecedented security measures for the Eid congregation. The devotees were thoroughly searched before being allowed to enter the ground in four phases. They were allowed only with their janamaz (prayer mats).

The police, RAB, BGB, FFR, APBN and DB were active in and around the place. Two drones were pressed into service to monitor the situation. Besides, an adequate number of police personnel was deployed to ensure the security of the devotees.

Eight platoons of the BGB and 200 members of the APBN, including uniformed and police in plain clothes, along with thousands of volunteers were surrounding the Eidgah.

Md Sarwar Murshed Chowdhury, deputy commissioner of the district and also president of the executive committee of the Sholakia Eidgah, told The Independent that around five lukh devotees gathered at the Eidgah this year.

Kishoreganj police super Md Mashrukur Rahman Khaled thanked everyone for taking part in peaceful Eid celebrations.  A large number of international devotees—they were mostly from Saudi Arabia, Turkey, India, Pakistan and England—came from around the world.

Different TV channels covered the Eid Congregation live and special train services were run by the ministry concerned.  

The first Eid congregation on this ground was held in 1828. Sayeed Ahmed, a resident of Haibatnagar Dewan Bari of the town, conducted the first Eid congregation on one of the fields of his own taluk. This later became known as the Sholakia Eidgah. The name Sholakia comes from Shoa Lakh, which points out that 125,000 people had come to offer their prayers at the Eidgah for the first time.

In 1950, Mannan Dad Khan donated 4.35 acres for the Eidgah.

According to sources, the Sholakia Eidgah now has about seven acres of land. The Eidgah stands on the bank of the Narsunda river. There are about 265 rows, each of which can accommodate 600 devotees at the Eidgah. So, the main field can accommodate some 159,000 devotees.

 

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