GAZIPUR: The second phase of the 55th Biswa Ijtema, the second largest Muslim congregation after the holy Hajj, ended with the Akheri Munajat (final prayer) on Sunday (January 19) seeking divine blessings for Muslims across the world.
Maulana Mohammad Jamshed of India’s Delhi conducted the 17-munite final prayers starting around 11:50 am on the banks of the river Turag at Tongi, on the outskirts of the capital.
The three-day second phase of the Bishwa Ijtema began on Friday amid intensified security measures.
The Muslim devotees have thronged the Ijtema ground under the open sky while more than 2,410 foreign devotees from 55 countries, including from Jordan, Libya, Africa, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Palestine, the USA, Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, England, joined the Ijtema from the first day of the second phase.
Meanwhile, eight devotees died at the Ijtema venue during the second phase of Biswa Ijtema. The total death tolls of the devotees in the 55th Bishwa Ijtema stood at 22 so far, including 14 in the first phase.
Bangladesh Railway (BR) managed special trains for easy transportation of devotees on the occasion of the first and second phase of 55th Bishwa Ijtema.
Earlier, the first phase of the Ijtema was held on January 10 to 12 at the same venue.
Maulana Zubair Hassan, imam of the capital’s Kakrail mosque and leader of a faction of Tabligh Jamaat, administered the Akheri Munajat of the first phase.
Followers of Maulana Saad Kandhalvi have joined the second and last phase of Biswa Ijtema.
Law enforcers beefed up security measures and restricted vehicular movement near the Ijtema ground since last night ahead of Akheri Munajat.
BDST: 1255 HRS, JAN 19, 2020