The first phase of the 53rd round of Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims across the world, is continuing on the bank of the Turag River in Tongi with thousands of devotees already thronging in at the Ijtema premises.
The first day of Ijtema began after the Fazr prayer on Friday with the general sermon delivered by Mawlana Shaikh Omar Khatib from Jordan.
The general sermon was given in Arabic for the first time while Mawlana Saleh translated it.
Several hundred thousands devotees from home and abroad took part in the Jumma prayer held on the Ijtema ground. Senior Islamic scholar of Kakrail mosque Hafez Mawlana Mohammad Zubaer led the prayer, reports BSS.
Bangladeshi Islamic scholars Mawlana Mohammad Hossain gave sermon after the Jumma prayer while Mawlana Abdul Bari and Mawlana Mohammad Rabiul Haq gave sermons respectively after the Asar and Magrib prayers.
Senior most Islamic scholars from the Tabligh Jammat will give sermons on Akhlaq (practice of virtue, morality and manners), Iman (faith) and Amal (action) till Sunday, the last day of the Ijtema’s 1st phase.
Devotees from 32 districts across the country will take part in the two phases of the Ijtema.
The first phase will be attended by the devotees from 16 districts and devotees from other 16 districts will attend at the second phase, to be held from January 19-21 at the same venue.
Fifteen deep tube-wells have been provisioned for the devotees while adequate number of toilets and bathrooms set up at the Ijtema premises.
A total of 3,919 devotees from 79 different countries had already reached the Ijtema maidan, Gazipur Deputy Commissioner Dewan Muhammad Humayun Kabir told reporters on Friday.
Ten mobile courts were operating in two phases at the Ijtema ground to maintain law and order, he added.
Two devotee dies
A devotee has died at the Ijtema ground due to old age complications.
The deceased was identified as Md Azizul Hoque, 60. His dead body was sent to his village town after namaj-e-janaza, said Adom Ali, another devotee.
Meanwhile, Tongi police station Officer-in-Charge (Investigation) Md Hasanuzzaman told the Dhaka Tribune that one Abdul Mamun alias Mona, 33, had died in a road accident while going to the Ijtema ground.