First phase of Ijtema ends with Akheri Munajat
The first phase of the 55th Biswa Ijtema has ended with the Akheri Munajat (final prayer) along the banks of the Turag River in Tongi, on the outskirts of Dhaka.
Thousands of Muslim devotees from home and abroad gathered on the Ijtema ground to join the Akheri Munajat that ended around 11:45am on Sunday amid boosted security measures.
Ijtema is the second largest congregation of the Muslim community after Hajj.
During the second day of its first phase on Saturday, Indian Islamic Scholar Mawlana Abdur Rahman delivered sermons on different aspects, including Imaan and Akhlaq, of Islam in the light of the holy Quran and Hadith.
The Muslim devotees including 2,000 foreigners, thronged the Ijtema ground under the open sky despite inclement weather of winter.
During the Akheri Munajat, vehicular movements remained suspended from 5am on Sunday on the Airport Road to Joydebpur intersection of the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway, Mirer Bazar to Tongi bus stop of the Dhaka-Sylhet highway via Gazipur and Abdullahpur to Bypass of the Abdullahpur-Ashulia road.
However, special train services have been launched for the Akheri Munajat while the Tongi station will offer stoppage for all the intercity express trains for some time.
About 8,500 members of different law enforcement agencies have been deployed to ensure security around the Ijtema ground.
The death tolls of the devotees in the first phase of the Ijtema stood at nine so far as four more devotees died on Friday night.
The second phase of the Ijtema is scheduled to begin on January 17 at the same venue and it will end on January 19.
Tablig Jamaat has been organizing the Biswa Ijtema on the bank of Turag river since 1967. Currently the Ijtema is being held in two phases since 2011 to ease the accommodation problem.