Bishwa Ijtema begins
3 die in Ijtema groundMohammad Ali Zheelon . Gazipur
The first phase of Bishwa Ijtema began on the bank of the River Turag at Tongi on Friday with tens of thousands of Muslims joining the session where Pakistani scholar Maulana Ismail Hossain Batla gave the sermon.
The World Tabligh Jamaat has been hooding Ijtema since 1962. As the number of people attending Ijtema increased, organisers in 2011 started holding the event in two phases.
In the first phase, people from 32 districts of Bangladesh joined the event. A large number of people also joined Ijtema from other countries.
The second phase of Ijtema will take place at the same venue in January 31–February 2. Devotees from the remaining 32 districts of Bangladesh will join the second-phase event.
About 10,000 foreign devotees from at least 20 countries joined Ijtema till Friday. Organisers said that more were
expected to join today and tomorrow from at least 40 countries such as Qatar, Australia, Cambodia, Denmark, Finland, Brunei, Germany, Russia, Egypt, Oman, Canada, Mozambique, Panama, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad, the United States, Zimbabwe, Cameron, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and other European countries.
During the juma prayers, the Ijtema ground and its surroundings swarmed with people. The prayer, conducted by Maulana Zobair Hasan of the Kakrail Tabligh Mosque, started about 1:45pm when traffic movement stopped as the devotees occupied the adjacent Dhaka–Mymensingh Highway to say juma prayers.
The liberation war affairs minister, AKM Mozammel Haque, and the Gaizpur 2 lawmaker, Jahid Ahsan Russell, joined the juma prayers.
Three people — Omar Ali, 48, of Keraniganj in Dhaka, Abdul Majid Pramanik, 65, of Belkuchi in Sirajganj and Shahjalal, 26, of Feni — died in the Ijtema ground early Friday, physicians in Tongi upazila health complex said.
Maulana Md Omar Ali of Bangladesh delivered the sermon after the juma prayers, Maulana Jobayrul Hasan of India after the asr prayers and Maulana Sa’ad of India after the maghrib prayers. Islamic scholars in their sermons laid emphasis on iman, amal and akhlaq.
Mass wedding without dowry will be arranged on the Ijtema ground today, organisers said.
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