First phase of the 52nd Biswa Ijtema ends
15 January 2017, Nirapad News: First phase of the 52nd Biswa Ijtema will end today (Sunday) with the offering of Akheri Munajat (concluding prayers).
The Munajat will start anytime between 11.00 am and 11:30 am. Mawlana Mohammad Saad of Delhi will conduct Akheri Munajat.
Moulana Giasuddin, a senior member of the Ijtema organising committee, said devotees from 32 districts, 16 in each phase, are joining the two phases of Ijtema this year.
Meanwhile, eight devotees died at the Ijtema ground from Thursday to early Sunday due to old-age complications and illness.
Bangladesh Railway will operate 19 special trains on different routes so that people can go to the Ijtema venue to take part in the Akheri Munajat.
Besides, movement of vehicles, except ambulances and police vans, from Joydebpur intersection of Gazipur on Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway to Airport, and from Mirerbazar of Gazipur Sadar on Dhaka-Sylhet Highway to Tongi and Abdullahpur of Abdullahpur-Ashulia road to bypass road will remain restricted from 3.00am on Sunday during the offering of Akheri Munajat.
The three-day congregation began on the bank of the Turag River after Fazr prayers on Friday.
Thousands of devotees, both from home and abroad, have gathered at the congregation venue and are taking part in the prayers and discussions.
Some 6,887 overseas devotees have reached the Ijtema venue from several countries, including India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Panama, Egypt, Oman, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iran, Japan, Canada, Cambodia, Mozambique, Russia, the USA, Sweden, Belgium, Italy, Kenya and New Zealand.
The district administration of Gazipur set up around 56 free medical camps in and around the Ijtema venue along with beds and almost all first aid and other treatment facilities with doctors doing round-the-clock duty at each centre.
The 2nd phase of the Ijtema is scheduled to begin on January 20 at the same venue and end on January 22.
Tablig Jamaat has been organising the Ijtema at the venue since 1967. But, Ijtema is held in two phases since 2011 to ease the accommodation problem.
RAB members are patrolling the ground and the adjacent areas with helicopters to monitor security measures.