GAZIPUR, Jan 15, 2017 (BSS) - First phase of the 52nd Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of the Muslims after Hajj, concluded today with "Akheri Munajat" (final prayers) on the banks of Turag River at Tongi on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka seeking peace, happiness and wellbeing of the Muslim Ummah.
Tablig Jamaat's Senior Sura Member Maulana Saad from Delhi conducted the 35-minute Akheri Munajat attended by millions of people from home and abroad, said an organiser.
Tens of thousands of the Muslims from about 100 countries and 16 districts of Bangladesh converged at the congregation venue and attended the concluding prayers.
President Abdul Hamid along with his family members and officials
participated in Akheri Munjajat from Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban while Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with her family members and officials also took part in the concluding prayers form her Ganabhaban residence during the final prayers.
Police said intensified security measures of the law enforcement agencies were ensured for safe and smooth holding of today's Akheri Munajat.
Around 6,000 security personnel including uniformed and plainclothes police and members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and intelligence agencies have been deployed in and around the Ijtema ground to ensure overall security here.
Besides, deputy speaker, cabinet members, members of parliament (MPs), professionals, political leaders and senior officials joined the concluding prayers on the Ijtema ground this morning.
Earlier, the Ijtema formally began with "ambayan" (general sermon) after Fazr prayers on Friday. The eminent ulema-mashaekhs in their sermons stressed following the guidance of the holy Quran and Sunnah.
The sermons were translated into different languages of the world.
Loudspeakers were set up at all directions beyond the Ijtema ground to facilitate people to listen to the munajat.
The devotees of foreign countries including India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, United 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 took part in the Akheri Munajat.
Besides, the musullies of 16 districts -Gazipur, Dhaka, Tangail,
Mymensingh, Brahmanbaria, Manikganj, Rangpur, Chapainawabganj, Rangamati, Bandarban, Gopalganj, Shariatpur, Jessore, Khagrachhari, Joypurhat, Moulvibazar and Satkhira attended the first phase of the Ijtema.
The organisers said the second phase of the Ijtema is scheduled to begin on January 20 at the same venue and it will end on January 22.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)