Akheri Munajat today
Published : Sunday, 14 January, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 55
The first phase of the Ijtema will end today (Sunday) with the Akheri Munajat (concluding prayers).
Ijtema organisers said Maulana Md Zubayer, the Imam of Kakrail Mosque is likely to conduct the concluding prayer (Munajat).
The three-day Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after the hajj began for the second day on Saturday after Fazr prayers with 'a'm bayan'.
In two days since start of the Ijtema on last Friday three devotees including a Malaysian citizen have died at the Ijtema ground due to old-age complications and illness.
The Malaysian devotee, Nurhan Bin Abdur Rahman, hailing from Malaysia, fell sick on completion of his ablution for prayer at night and later died on the way to hospital, said another devotee.
Besides, Rafiqul Islam, 50, son of Shamsul Haque, hailing from Laxmipur district, died early in the morning as he suffered a heart attack at the Ijtema ground.
The namaz-e-janaza of the two devotees was held after Fazr prayers.
Thousands of devotees, both from home and abroad, have gathered at the congregation venue, and are taking part in prayers and discussions.
Some 4,473 devotees from 88 countries joined the first phase of the Ijtema. Among them, 58 devotees of America, Malaysia and Indonesia went back to their respective countries.
Ibrahin Refa, an Islamic scholar of Kuwait, conducted today's 'a'm bayan' (general sermon) which was translated into Bangla by Maulana Nurur Rahman.
Many of them offered prayers on roads and footpaths having failed to manage places at the Ijtema venue, disrupting traffic on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway.
The second phase of Ijtema will be held from January 19 to 21.
Tabligh Jamaat has been organising the Ijtema at the venue since 1967. But, the Ijtema is held in two phases since 2011 to ease the accommodation problem.