Staff Correspondent: The first phase of 53rd Biswa Ijtema, one of the largest religious congregations of the Muslim world, will end Sunday with the offering of Akheri Munajat (concluding prayers).
The Munajat will start around 11.00 am, said Superintendent of Gazipur Police Mohammad Harun-or-Rashid.
Bishwa Ijtema is the second largest congregation of the Muslims after the Hajj.
The first phase of Bishwa Ijtema began after Fazr prayers on Friday with the ‘Aam Boyan (religious sermon) by Islamic scholars and prayers.
Lakhs of Muslim devotees from home and aboard have thronged the Bishwa Ijtema.
After Fazr prayers on Saturday, Islamic scholars are delivering sermon.
Moreover, thousands of Muslims attended the Juma prayers at the Ijtema venue and its adjacent areas on Friday.
An eight-tier security measure has been taken with deployment of 7,000 policemen and about 250 RAB members to avert any untoward incident during the Ijtema.
According to the sources, 15 watch towers and 41 close circuit camera televisions have been set up in and around the Ijtema ground alongside deployment of bomb disposal units and dog squads to ensure foolproof security of the Biswa Ijtema.
Fifty medical teams and 14 ambulances are providing health care services to the devotees during the three-day congregation.
The second phase of the Tongi Ijtema will begin on January 19 at the same venue and it is scheduled to end with Akheri Munajat (final prayers) on January 21.
Tablig Jamaat has been organizing the Ijtema at this venue since 1967. However, the Ijtema is held in two phases since 2011 to ease the accommodation problem.
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