The second phase of three-day Biswa Ijtema, billed as the second largest congregation of Muslims after hajj, begins on the banks of the Turag River at Tongi on Friday. This phase of 56th edition of the Biswa Ijtema will begin through "a'm bayan" (general sermons) after Fazr prayers with the participation of a large number of devotees including the followers of Indian Islamic preacher Maulana Muhammad Saad Al Kandhalvi. Read more: 2nd phase Bishwa Ijtema: Metro rail to operate from 8am-5pm on Jan 22 Several thousand devotees are expected to offer Jum'a prayers, led by Maulana Saad’s son Yusuf bin Kandalvi, on the first day of the second phase Ijtema. Thousands of devotees from home and abroad have started thronging the banks of the Turag River to take part in the religious event to seek divine blessings of the Almighty Allah. State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Faridul Haque Khan inaugurated the Free Medical Camp of Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Bangladesh this noon (Thursday) to provide health services for the devotees. Additional police will be deployed in and around the Ijtema venue to ensure security of the devotees. The venue has been brought under CCTV surveillance, said Gazipur Metropolitan Police (GMP) Commissioner Molla Nazrul Islam. The three-day Biswa Ijtema will end on January 22 with Akheri Munajat (final prayers). Read more: First phase of Bishwa Ijtema ends today with ‘Akheri Munajat’ Meanwhile, metro rail in Dhaka will be operated from 8am to 5pm on January 22 for the smooth movement of the devotees attending the second phase of Bishwa Ijtema. The metro rail authority will extend their service hour to facilitate the devotees on the Akheri Munajat day, Dhaka Mass Transit Company Limited (DMTCL) (Public Relations) Nazmul Islam Bhuiyan told UNB on Thursday. The first phase of three-day Biswa Ijtema ended on January 15 with the Akheri Munajat. Tabligh Jamaat has been organising the congregation at the venue since 1967. In 2011, it divided Ijtema into two phases to accommodate a large number of attendees.
The first phase of Bishwa Ijtema, one of the biggest congregations of Muslims in the world, in Tongi is continuing for the second day today (January 14, 2023) — drawing devotees in the lakhs. The three-day congregation began on the bank of the Turag river after Fajr prayers on Friday with sermons delivered by noted Islamic scholar Maulana Ziaul Haque of Pakistan. Several lakhs of Muslim devotees, both from home and abroad, are converging at the venue and attending the prayers — reciting the names of Allah and hearing the sermons. Also read: Biswa Ijtema: World's second-largest Muslim gathering begins Maulana Khurshidul Haque of Pakistan delivered sermons after Fajr prayers and Maulana Ibrahim Deula of India also delivered sermons in the morning. Maulana Iftar Zaman will deliver sermons in English. Devotees from different parts of the country are still coming to the Ijtema venue by buses, trucks, boats and on foot. Read More: Nagad sets up booth at Bishwa Ijtema The first phase of Ijtema will end tomorrow (Sunday, January 15, 2023) with Akheri Munajat (final prayers). Ijtema is being held in two phases from 2012 to ease accommodation issues. The second phase of Ijtema is scheduled to be held on January 20-22 at the same place. Meanwhile, six devotees died in separate incidents at the Ijtema venue on Thursday, Friday and today. Read More: 1st phase of Biswa Ijtema begins Friday A mass wedding ceremony will be held today at the ground after Asr prayers. Gazipur Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mollah Nazrul Islam said additional police personnel have been deployed in and around the Ijtema venue to ensure the security of the devotees. The venue has been brought under closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera surveillance. Besides, thousands of volunteers are working round the clock to make sure the event runs smoothly. Read More: Foolproof security measures taken ahead of Ijtema: IGP Several health centres have been set up at different parts of the venue along with beds and almost all first aid and other treatment facilities with doctors doing round-the-clock duties at each centre. Special measures have also been taken to ensure uninterrupted electricity during the three-day Ijtema. Tabligh Jamaat has been organising the congregation at the Tongi venue since 1967. In 2011, it divided Ijtema into two phases to accommodate a large number of attendees. Read More: Sylhet police asks Anjumane Hefazat-e-Islam to postpone their ijtema till after BNP’s rally
The first phase of three-day ‘Biswa Ijtema’, billed as the second largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj, is set to begin Friday morning on the bank of the Turag river in Gazipur's Tongi. The authorities concerned have completed the necessary preparations to hold the gathering smoothly. A good number of foreign devotees from different parts of the world along with local ones have thronged the Ijtema venue to join Ijtema. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages greeted the Muslim devotees on this occasion. The government set up health camps for the devotees to provide them treatment like the previous years. However, two devotees died of cold-related disease at the venue on Thursday. State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell inaugurated a private health camp for the devotees today. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chowdhuury Abdullah Al Mamun visited the Ijtema ground today and said that they have taken strict security measures for the devotees. Apart from this, special security measures have been taken for the foreign devotees who are coming from Dhaka airport to the Ijtema venue, he said. Gazipur Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mollah Nazrul Islam said as part of the security measures, watch towers and CCTV cameras were set up in and around the venue. Besides, members of intelligence in plainclothes will remain deployed here to ensure security, he said. Read more: 1st phase of Bishwa Ijtema to begin January 13 The Ijtema was not held in the two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The first phase Biswa Ijtema will end on Sunday through Akheri Munajat (final prayer). Tabligh Jamaat has been organising the congregation at the venue since 1967. In 2011, Tabligh split the Ijtema into two phases, dividing the participation of the people of 64 districts, to reduce pressure on the venue and ensure better management. The second phase of the Ijtema will be held from January 20 to 22 this year. A 22km long tailback created stretching from Tongi Bridge to Moghbazar in the city on Thursday due to the huge pressure of Ijtema-bound vehicles in Tongi. The gridlock stretched from Tongi Bridge-Abdullahpur-Airport to Mohakhali-Moghbazar areas of Dhaka resulting in sufferings for commuters. Read more: First-phase Biswa Ijtema ends with Akheri Munajat
The death toll from the trawler capsize in the Turag River rose to seven with the recovery of two more bodies on Monday. However, the identities of the deceased could not be known yet. Read: Turag trawler capsize: Death toll rises to 5 Fire service divers recovered the body of a 30-year-old woman from the Turag river at Koylaghat of Aminbazar in the morning, said Md Raihanul, station officer (media) of Fire Service and Civil Defense headquarters. Later, Naval police recovered the body of a two-year-old child from the Muktarpur river in Munshiganj at noon. Earlier, the bodies of four children and a woman were retrieved from the river on Saturday. Kazi Mazharul Islam, officer-in-charge of Savar Police Station, said the Gabtoli-bound vessel with 15 people on board capsized in the river after hitting the bulkhead off the coast of Savar's Aminbazar on the outskirts of Dhaka on Saturday morning. Read: 3 die as passenger vessel hits bulkhead in Turag While eight people managed to swim to safety, seven others went missing. On information, divers from the local fire service station rushed to the spot and launched a rescue operation.
Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam on Wednesday said Rupnagar canal, located in the city's Mirpur area, will be connected with the Turag river.
The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) on Wednesday evicted 15 illegal establishments and removed 50,000 cubic feet soil from Charwashpur in Keraniganj.
BIWTA officials and eviction committee members evicted thirty illegal establishments including a three-storied building from the bank of river Turag on Tuesday.
The 2nd phase of three-day Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj, is set to end on the banks of the Turag River in Tongi on Sunday through Akheri Munajat (final prayers).
The first phase of three-day Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj, ended here on Sunday through the Akheri Munajat (final prayers).