Although devotees were supposed to join prayers while maintaining social distancing, the first two floors of the huge mosque were filled to the brim by 11am
The century old Boro Masjid in Hajiganj, Chandpur has earned a reputation for holding one of the largest congregations on Jummatul Wida, the last Jumma (Friday) prayer of Ramadan, over the years.
This year was no different, despite the risk of Covid-19 outbreak.
Around 100,000 people gathered at the mosque, ignoring the scorching sun and some wearing masks.
Although devotees were supposed to join prayers while maintaining social distancing, the first two floors of the huge mosque were filled to the brim by 11am.
Not only the mosque, the surrounding Ahmadia Alia Madrasa grounds and buildings, Jamia Ahmadiyya Qawmi Madrasa Bhaban, Hajiganj Tower, Rajnigandha Market, Hajiganj Plaza, Business Prime Bank Bhaban and the former municipality building were completely occupied by the worshippers by 12:30pm.
By 1pm, the wave of Muslim devotees had spread till the Cumilla-Chandpur regional highway, which even halted the movement of traffic during the period.
At the end of the prayers, Imam and Khatib Alhaj Mufti Abdur Rauf offered special prayers for the welfare of the country and sought a world free of Covid -19.
Regarding the preparations for the Jamaat of Jummatul Wida, Shakil Ahmed, the motawalli (acting) of the Hajiganj Historical Grand Mosque, said: "Due to the epidemic, special measures have been taken to perform Juma'atul Wida prayers this time as compared to other years. We have tried our best to serve the worshipers.”
He further said the police force of Hajiganj police station, various social organizations and local organizations had provided adequate support to ensure peaceful and orderly conduct during the prayers.
“I express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to them and look forward to their continued support in the future,” he added.