FB   
 
Powered bysps
        Society for Policy Studies
 
 

 
Bangladesh sees world's 2nd largest Muslim congregation, Biswa Ijtema
Posted:Jan 10, 2016
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 
Hundreds of thousands of devotees from Bangladesh and other countries swarmed into the main venue of the first phase of Biswa ljtema, the world Muslims' second largest congregation in Bangladesh which ended Sunday afternoon amid the Akheri Munajat or concluding prayer.
 
 
Muslim devotees ride on the roof of a train as they come back to the city after attending the concluding prayer of Biswa Ijtema in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan. 10, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]
Muslim devotees ride on the roof of a train as they come back to the city after attending the concluding prayer of Biswa Ijtema in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan. 10, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua]
 
 
The devotees prayed to Allah for global peace, prosperity and fraternal harmony in the concluding grand prayer, led by renowned Indian Islamic scholar Mawlana Saad from India, at Biswa Ijtema on the banks of the Turag river at Tongi, some 25 km north of capital Dhaka.
 
They also sought divine blessings, stability and welfare of all mankind.
 
From Sunday dawn, huge columns of devotees dressed in traditional robes and prayer caps began streaming towards Ijtema venue, braving winter cold and dense fog in the morning.
 
The first phase of Bishwa Ijtema began Friday after Fazr (morning) prayers with religious sermons for the devotees, seeking world peace for the Muslim ummah.
 
A large number of foreign pilgrims attended the first phase of the congregation.
 
The second phase of the Bishwa Ijtema, which is being held in two phases since 2011 to avoid mad rush of pilgrims, will begin on the same venue on Jan. 15 and it will conclude with the offering of Akheri Munajat (concluding prayer) on Jan. 17.
 
Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, ministers, lawmakers, political leaders of different political parties joined the concluding prayer that marked the end of the annual event.
 
Exact number of devotees on the last day could not be assessed as hundreds of thousands of devotees from the capital and the adjoining areas joined the concluding prayer.
 
The organizers do not maintain any list of devotees, but they guess the number of devotees would not be less than several millions this year.
 
The organizers have arranged loud speakers several kilometers away from the venue so that devotees could join the grand prayer.
 
To ensure safety and security of the devotees and maintain the law and order, about 12,000 members of different law-enforcing agencies have been deployed in and around 60-hectare Ijtema ground, the main venue of the congregation.
 
Observation towers have been set up at different strategic points to oversee people's movement.
 
Traffic on many city roads and highways has been kept suspended for smooth holding of the congregation.
 
Five people reportedly died at the Ijtema venue since its beginning Friday due to old age ailments, cold related diseases and other complications.
 
Courtesy: China.org, January 11, 2016
 
 
 
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 

Disclaimer: South Asia Monitor does not accept responsibility for the views or ideology expressed in any article, signed or unsigned, which appears on its site. What it does accept is responsibility for giving it a chance to appear and enter the public discourse.
Comments (Total Comments 0) Post Comments Post Comment
Review
 
 
 
 
spotlight image I am honored to be here today for the first U.S. government exchange alumni conference for India and Bhutan.
 
read-more
The European Union and India should work closely to bring peace, stability and development in Afghanistan, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said.
 
read-more
A pre-dawn  suicide terror attack (fidayeen)  on an army camp in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday (April 27)   resulted in the death of three army personnel including an officer,  while two terrorists were neutralized. Combing operations are in progress to ascertain if any of the attackers have
 
read-more
The dreadful violence and low turnout in a by-election in Kashmir has again raised intense debate in New Delhi.
 
read-more
The brief hand-holding took place in the Gulf of Aden. Despite a history of border dispute, diplomatic clashes and rivalry on various issues, India and China joined forces on April 9 to rescue a merchant vessel from pirates.
 
read-more
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sprang a surprise when he registered himself as a candidate in Iran’s presidential election scheduled for May 19. After leaving the office of President in 2013 at the end of two controversial terms, the firebrand populist has been largely inactive in politics. 
 
read-more
Nerves are being frazzled by a rising arc of sabre rattling in northeast Asia. After the US decided to deploy an aircraft carrier strike group to the region to counter North Korea’s nuclear buildup, US President Donald Trump has asserted that a major conflict with Pyongyang was indeed possible.
 
read-more
In last couple of years, India is boasting about its highest economic growth rate in the world, surpassing that of China
 
read-more
The core parts of the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system have been moved to the site of what had been a golf course in southern South Korea.
 
read-more
Health of the citizens and the economy of the nation they inhabit go hand in hand and every buck spent on former guarantees a manifold increase in the latter,  said noted public health expert K Srikant Reddy. The lecture 'Health and Development: India Must Bridge the Disconnect' was ...
 
read-more
Column-image

Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
Column-image

Title: Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War; Author: Myra Macdonald; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 328; Price: Rs 599

 
Column-image

  The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...

 
Column-image

Title: The Golden Legend; Author: Nadeem Aslam; Publisher: Penguin Random House; Pages: 376; Price: Rs 599

 
Column-image

Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.

 
Subscribe to our newsletter
Archive