Bishwa Ijtema

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Bishwa Ijtema

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Bishwa Ijtema (sometimes spelled Vishwa Ijtema) brings together Muslim believers to Tongi, a northern suburb of the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka. The three-day event is organized by the Tablighi Jamaat, a missionary organization. English speakers refer to the festival as the World Muslim Congregation ( ijtema is Arabic for "public gathering"). After the Pilgrimage to Mecca ( hajj), it is considered one of the largest Muslim gatherings in the world.
Since 1966, Muslims from Bangladesh and other countries have congregated at Tongi's 190-acre venue along the banks of the Turag River, where they pray, discuss the Quran, and receive instruction from religious scholars. The number of people attending has increased over the decades, expanding to an estimated three million in 2008. Devotees pour into crowded boats and climb rooftops to watch the proceedings. In order to meet the language needs of various believers, translations are provided in English, Arabic, Urdu, and Bangla.
Unlike other Muslim gatherings that may have a political perspective, Bishwa Ijtema forbids political speeches and encourages prayers for harmony and world peace.
CONTACTS:
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation, National Tourism Organization
233 Airport Rd.
Tejgaon
Dhaka 1215 Bangladesh
www.bangladeshtourism.gov.bd
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News Report The five-day long 54th Biswa Ijtema concluded following Akheri Munajat (final prayer) with the participation of followers of Indian Islamic preacher Mawlana Muhammad Saad Al Kandhalvi on the bank of the Turag River in Tongi on Tuesday morning.
Biswa Ijtema is being organised every year since 1966 in the Tongi township of Gazipur, by World Tablig Council, which preaches teachings of Islam and Prophet Mohammed.
Besides, he established the Islamic Foundation, provided lands for Biswa Ijtema at Tongi and Kakrail Mosque, she said.
Reports and officials said the three-day Biswa Ijtema event drew the highest number of people including 5,000 foreigners from 50 countries on the last day of the congregation on Sunday as the event concluded with a closing prayer or "akheri munajat".
Devotees flocked to the River Turag at Tongi, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Dhaka, as an imam from India led the concluding prayer of the Biswa Ijtema, or World Muslim Congregation.
AN overcrowded train full of Muslim devotees leaves the site of the Biswa Ijtema, or World Muslim Congregation at Tongi for Dhaka yesterday.
More than four million devotees from more than 60 countries have concluded Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after the Hajj to Mecca, in Dhaka by praying for peace and well-being.
News Report A zillion hands rose in prayer for peace and wellbeing of mankind as one part of the Biswa Ijtema on the banks of Turag River at Tongi concluded Saturday, yielding place to another.
Earlier reports suggested BNP was in a dilemma if it should relax the nationwide transport blockade to allow people to join the three-day Biswa Ijtema set to begin on January 9 at the outskirts of the capital.
News Desk Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj, will be held on February 15-17and it will be held once instead of two phases.
President Iajuddin Ahmad, Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina and opposition leader Khalida Zia joined the "akheri munajat" or concluding prayers of the three-day meet called "Biswa Ijtema" alongside an estimated two million people thronging the congregation ground on the bank of the River Turag at suburban Tongi.
Recalling the contribution of Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to promoting true Islam countrywide, he said Bangabandhu established the Islamic Foundation and also allotted land for the Biswa Ijtema (congregation) venue at Tongi in Gazipur.