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First phase of 3-day Ijtema begins from Jan 10

DHAKA The first phase of three-day Bishwa Ijtema, the

second largest Muslim congregation after the Hajj, will begin on the bank of

River Turag at Tongi in Gazipur from January 10 next year.

After concluding the first phase, the second phase of the 55th Bishwa

Ijtema will begin from January 17.

The Akheri Munajat seeking the peace, prosperity, brotherhood and the

welfare of the Muslim Ummah separately would take place at the end of the

Ijtema, said a source close to the Ijtema preparation committee here today.

On behalf of the Ijtema preparation committee and the administration, the

necessary field preparations works aiming to hold the Ijtema, the largest

religious gathering organised by the Bishwa Tablig Jamaat, is going on full

swing for the last one month.

Hundreds of volunteers including teachers, students, professionals and

common people are voluntarily participating in the works for preparing the

Ijtema ground everyday from dawn to dusk, said an organiser M Mamunur Rashid

of the Ijtema preparation committee.

The volunteers are working for building tent with cloth and bamboo

pillars, construction of katcha toilets, installation of utility services and

road construction at the Ijtema ground, he said.

Earlier, the preparation works of Ijtema Maidan were formally begun from

November 4 while State Minister for Youth and Sports M Zahid Ahsan Russel

inaugurated these.

The government has already extended all the cooperation for holding the

religious event peacefully, said the State Minister, adding that the Awami

League government has set up a total of 13 deep tube wells surroundings of

the Ijtema ground for the last 11 years.

Noted Indian Islamic scholar Mawlana Illyus Akhter Kandhalovi introduced

the Ijtema in 1920. The Bishwa Ijtema has been taking place on the bank of

River Turag in Tongi since 1967.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)