Saad followers brave rains for second phase of Bishwa Ijtema
The followers of the Tabligh Jamaat Delhi Markaz are participating in the Bishwa Ijtema service next to the Turag River in Tongi, braving the bad weather.
The Ijtema began with the Aam Boyan or general sermon after the Fazr or morning prayers on Sunday. They were conducted by Moulana Iqbal Hafiz from India.
Moulana Hafiz delivered his sermon in Urdu, which was translated by Moulana Abdullah Mansur of Kakrail Mosque.
It began to rain right as the sermon began. Thousands of people listened to the sermon amidst the wind, rain and thunder.
The four-day Ijtema is being held in two phases in accordance with the settlement of a leadership dispute between two factions of Tabligh Jamaat. The followers of Zuhayrul Hasan, son of Moulana Zubayer of Deoband Madrasa in India, conducted their Ijtema in the first two days and concluded it on Saturday.
The second phase Ijtema began on Sunday morning for the followers of Moulana Mohammed Saad Kandhalvi, grandson of the Tabligh founder Moulana Iliyas and will end on Monday with the Akheri Munajat.
Though they were scheduled to begin on Friday, the followers of Zubayer began their Ijtema activities on Thursday afternoon, said Md Harun-Or-Rashid, a senior leader among the Saad followers.
The Zubayer followers left the Ijtema premises after Akheri Munajat on Saturday, littering it with food waste and trash, said Harun-Or-Rashid.
The local administration fell short because it did not allocate enough time to clean the area and only started at night, he added. The Saad followers began their Ijtema under these circumstances on Sunday morning and also endured the thunder storm and rain.
"We tried to clean up the Ijtema premise by ourselves as much as we could. People coming from different districts have taken up positions at the Khitta or designated places braving the bad weather; they are still streaming in," said Harun-Or-Rashid. There have been other problems, such as microphone issues, disconnected utility supply line and, said the senior Saad follower. -bdnews24.con