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Largest Eid congregation held in Sholakia amidst heavy rain

  • Published at 06:27 pm June 5th, 2019
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Defying heavy rain, thousands of muslim worshipers take part in Eid prayers, at the historic Sholakia Eidgah Maidan in Kishoreganj, on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 UNB

The first Eid jamaat was held on this site in 1828

The largest Eid congregation of the country has been held at the historic Sholakia Eidgah Maidan in Kishoreganj. 

Thousands of devotees joined the prayer around 10am on Wednesday, despite heavy rain since morning. Maulana Farid Uddin Masud conducted the Eid prayer. 

After a slight drizzle in the morning, the rain came down more heavily, our Kishoreganj correspondent said. But that did not stop devotees from going to the prayer grounds. By 9am, the grounds had become completely occupied. 

Leaders of different political parties, and government officials, took part in the jamaat alongside crowds of devotees.

Stringent security measures were taken in and around the congregation venue. Vehicular movement was restricted.

Kishoreganj Superintendent of police Mashrukur Rahman Khaled said: "Security measures were beefed keeping the recent attacks in Sri Lanka, New Zealand and other countries – and also the 2016 militant attack near the site – in mind."

Five platoons of BGB, 1,200 police members, 100 Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members, Ansar and Armed Police Battalion (APBn) were deployed in and around Sholakia. The entrances were kept under strict surveillance, and drones were also used. 

For the first time ever, RAB snipers were deployed in the watch towers. 

The first Eid jamaat was held in 1828 at these grounds. Maulana Sayeed Ahmed, of Bowlai Shaheb Bari in Kishoreganj, was the first Imam to conduct the Eid jamaat. It was attended by about 125,000 devotees.

Later, Mannan Dad Khan, former Dewan of Haibatnagar in Kishoreganj, gifted 4.35 acres of land, through a Wakf deed, in 1950, and now the Eidgah has seven acres of land. This Eidgah is situated on the northern bank of the Norsunda River.