Akheri Munajat in Bangla for first time
1st phase Ijtema ends seeking divine blessings, peace
Published : Sunday, 14 January, 2018 at 11:16 AM Count : 388
The first phase of 53rd Biswa Ijtema ended on Sunday seeking divine blessings and continued peace, progress and welfare of the country as well as the greater unity of the Muslim Ummah.
This year's Akheri Munajat (concluding prayer) and and "hedayeti bayan" were conducted for the first time in Bangla.
The 35 minutes munajat, led by Pesh Imam of Kakrail Mosque Hafez Mohammad Jubayer, began around 10:40am.
The first phase of Ijtema, the second largest Muslim congregation after the holy Hajj, began on Friday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hiasina joined the Akheri Munajat from her official residence Ganobhaban while BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from her residence 'Feroza'.
The second phase of Ijtema will be held from January 19 to 21.
UNB adds : The gathering of devotees, both from home and apoad, spilled over into the roads and areas around the Ijtema venue as the Akheri Munajat started.
Alongside the Ijtema venue, thousands of the devotees joined the munajat from the rooftops and terraces of nearby houses, roads and open fields.
Islamic scholars from different countries delivered sermons on various aspects of Islam at the Ijtema.
Several lakh Muslim devotees, both from home and abroad, converged on the congregation venue and attended the prayers with reciting the name of Allah and hearing the sermons.
The three-day Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after the hajj, began on Friday.
Some 4,473 foreign devotees from 88 countries joined the first phase of the Ijtema.
The second phase of Ijtema will be held on January 19-21.
Tabligh Jamaat has been organising the Ijtema at the venue since 1967. But, the Ijtema is being held in two phases from 2011 to ease the accommodation.
Police took a five-tier security measure for the Biswa Ijtema to ensure overall security.
Besides, special measures were taken to ease the traffic system. Around 50 CCTVs were installed there to monitor the Ijtema ground and the adjoining areas.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Railway (p) made arrangements to operate special trains on different routes of the country to facilitate the movement of Muslim devotees of the Biswa Ijtema.