Muslim's second largest congregation ends in Bangladesh

09:51, January 25, 2010      

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The 3-day largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj ended in Bangladesh on Sunday seeking strong unity of the Muslim Ummah.

The unity was sought at the congregation called Biswa Ijtema in its Akheri Munajat (last prayer) on the bank of the Turag river at Tongi, 25 km north of capital Dhaka, which was led by Moulana Jobayerul Hasan of India. The prayer was also offered for global peace and end of fightings in different parts of the world, particularly in Palestine. The prayer also sought welfare of mankind.

Bangladeshi President Zillur Raman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and leader of the opposition and former two times Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, ministers, lawmakers, political leaders of different political parties joined the concluding prayer that marked the end of the annual event since 1976 in the same venue.

The President and Prime Minister took part in the prayer from roof top of buildings outside the 60-hectare ground, the main venue of the congregation.

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 join the concluding prayer. The organizers have arranged loud speakers several kilometers away from the venue so that devotees could join the prayer.

The organizers do not maintain any list of devotees, but they guess the number of devotees would not be less that half a million this year from Bangladesh and 70 other countries of the world.

Security has been beefed up on Sunday as the president and the prime minister, cabinet members joined the last prayer, besides 18, 000 security personnel from different agencies and several hundred plain clothes law enforcers kept vigilant eyes to avert any subversive attempt. Law enforcement agencies have set nine observation towers to watch people' movement and 60 CCTVs have been installed.

The Ijtema features sermons on fundamental issues of Tablig, prayer for spiritual adulation, exaltation and welfare of the Muslim community. It mainly concentrates on prayers and meditation seeking blessing from the God.

Source: Xinhua
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