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1st phase of Biswa Ijtema begins without controversial Indian preacher

  • Published at 12:46 pm January 12th, 2018
  • Last updated at 05:06 pm January 12th, 2018
1st phase of Biswa Ijtema begins without controversial Indian preacher
The first phase of Biswa Ijtema has begun on the bank of the Turag River at Tongi. The second largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj began after Fajar prayers on Friday. Thousands of Muslim devotees from 16 districts of Bangladesh have already thronged the venue to take part in the religious congregation, reports UNB. According to the report, Devotees from 135 countries will also participate in the Ijtema. Police have taken a five-tier security measure to ensure overall security in Ijtema.
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Besides, some 50 CCTVs have been installed to monitor the Ijtema ground and the adjoining areas. A controversy was created over the arrival of Indian preacher Maulana Muhammad Saad Khandhalvi, who was set to attend the first phase of the Ijtema. On Wednesday, hundreds of Tabligh followers staged demonstrations near Dhaka Airport road, demanding that Maulana Saad be sent back to his home country. The protesters opposed Maulana Saad’s visit on the ground that Darul Uloom Deoband, the movement’s central seminary, has been maintaining a state of non-cooperation with him. After a meeting with Tabligh Jamaat on the same day, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told the media that both sides agreed that the preacher will not join the Ijtema and stay at Kakrail Mosque during the congregation.

Devotee dies

A devotee has died due to old age complications on the first day of Ijtema. Md Azizul Hoque, 60, died due to breathing problems. Another devotee named Adom Ali said Azizur’s body was sent to his village town after namaz-e-janaza. Tongi police station Officer-in-Charge (Investigation) Md Hasanuzzaman told the Dhaka Tribune: “One Abdul Mamun alias Muna, 33, died in a road accident while going to the Ijtema.”