Staff Correspondent, Gazipur: Lakhs of Muslims sought world peace and divine blessings for mankind and the Muslim Ummah as the first phase of Biswa Ijtema concluded on Saturday through the final supplication- Akheri Munajat.
Noted Islamic Scholar Hafez Mohammad Zobayer led the 20-minute munajat at the Ijtema, the second largest congregation of the Muslims after the Hajj, on the bank of river Turag at Tongi.
The Akheri Munajat began at 10.40am and ended at 11.00am.
Hundreds of thousands of devotees from home and abroad joined the Akheri Munajat to pray for world peace, spiritual progress, exaltation and welfare of the Muslim community.
The first phase of Bishwa Ijtema began after Fazr prayers on Friday with the ‘Aam Boyan (religious sermon) by Islamic scholars and prayers.
The second phase of the Ijtema will begin on February 17 at the same venue and it is scheduled to end with Akheri Munajat on February 18.
Tablig Jamaat has been organizing the Ijtema at this venue since 1967. However, the Ijtema is being held in two phases since 2011 to ease the accommodation problem.
Besides, foolproof security measures have been taken to hold the four-day Biswa Ijtema in a peaceful manner. Five control rooms, including Gazipur City Corporation, district administration, police, RAB and Ansar and VDP, have been set up to monitor the overall activities of the Tongi Ijtema.
According to the sources, 15 watch towers of police and 10 of RAB have also been set up to ensure over all security of the devotees.
Special measures have also been taken to ensure uninterrupted electricity and water supply during the Ijtema. Around 3.54 lakh gallons of fresh water is being supplied everyday through 13 deep tube-wells and 50 trucks are engaged round the clock in removing garbage from the Ijtema ground.
A total of 175 gas burner stoves were set up to provide cooking facilities for foreign devotees at the Ijtema compound and healthcare centres have been set up at different parts of the venue along with first aid and other treatment facilities to provide health care services to the devotees.
Bangladesh Railway (BR) has launched four-day special train services on several destinations for the devotees participating in the congregation.
risingbd/Gazipur/Feb 16, 2019/Hasmot Ali/Mukul