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12 January, 2020 12:27:11 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 12 January, 2020 11:34:58 AM
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1st phase of Ijtema ends with Akheri Munajat today

BSS, Dhaka
1st phase of Ijtema ends with Akheri Munajat today
Thousands of devotees throng the Ijtema ground on the bank of the Turag River at Tongi to participate in the congregation yesterday on the second day of the Ijtema. FOCUS BANGLA PHOTO

The first phase of the 55th Bishwa Ijtema will end with the Akheri Munajat (final prayer) in the early morning today on the banks of the river Turag at Tongi on the outskirts of the city. Thousands of Muslim devotees from home and abroad have already gathered on the Ijtema ground to join the

Akheri Munajat of the first phase amid intensified security measures. On the second day of the first phase’s Ijtema, the second largest congregation of the Muslim community after Hajj, Indian Islamic Scholar Mawlana Abdur Rahman delivered sermons on different aspects, including Imaan and Akhlaq, of Islam in the light of the holy Quran and Hadith yesterday.

The Muslim devotees, including 2,000 foreigners, have thronged the Ijtema ground under the open sky ignoring the inclement weather triggered by the bone-chilling cold sweeping over the country including the capital city.

On the occasion of the Akheri Munajat, vehicular movements will remain suspended from 5 am on Sunday on the Airport to Joydebpur intersection of the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway, Mirer Bazar to Tongi bus stop of the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway via Gazipur and Abdullahpur to Bypass of the Abdullahpur-Ashulia road.

However, special train services have been launched for the Akheri Munajat while all intercity express trains are giving stopover at the Tongi station for some time.

Besides, about 8,500 members of different law enforcement agencies have been deployed for ensuring security in and around the Ijtema ground.

The death tolls of the devotees in the first phase of the Ijtema stood at nine so far as four more devotees died last night.

The second phase of the Ijtema is scheduled to begin on January 17 at the same venue and it will end on January 19.

Tablig Jamaat has been organizing the Biswa Ijtema on the bank of Turag River since 1967. Now, Ijtema is being held in two phases since 2011 to ease the accommodation problem.

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