DHAKA, Feb 16, 2019 (BSS) – Indian Islamic preacher Maulana Muhammad Saad Al Kandhalvi followers will take part in the ongoing Biswa Ijtema tomorrow after Fajr prayers through ‘A’m Bayan (general sermons) and hold their Akheri Munajat on Monday.
Earlier, the 54th Biswa Ijtema, one of the largest congregations of Muslims, began through A’m Bayan after Fajr prayers on the bank of river Turag at Tongi under Gazipur district on Friday with the participation of followers of Maulana Zubair Hassan, who leads one of the factions of Tabligh Jamaat.
The Akheri Munajat of followers of Zubair, imam of the Kakrail mosque in Dhaka, was held this morning around 11 am while Hefazat-e-Islam Ameer Shah Ahmad Shafi joined it.
After completion of Akheri Munajat, followers of Maulana Saad started entering the Ijtema ground in groups while followers of Zubair were leaving the ground, Gazipur Metropolitan Police (GMP) assistant commissioner Ruhul Amin Sarker told BSS.
Syed Wasiful Islam, who leads the other group that follows Indian preacher Maulana Saad Kandhalvi, will supervise the last two days- – Sunday and Monday- – including the Akheri Munajat.
Several lakh devotees from home and abroad took part at 24-minute Akheri Munajat on the Ijtema ground.
Senior Islamic scholar of Kakrail mosque Hafez Mawlana Mohammad Zubaer led the prayer both in Bangla and Arabic languages.
The 54th Ijtema will end on Monday with Akheri Monajat.
Biswa Ijtema, which was earlier used to be held in two phases since 2011 to accommodate the large number of devotees from home and abroad, is being arranged in a single phase this year.
On January 24, the government announced the schedule of Ijtema following a meeting with two factions of Tabligh Jamaat.
On December 1, the two factions of Tabligh Jamaat were locked into infighting on the Ijtema ground in Tongi that resulted to defer the Ijtema from January 11 to February 15.
Tabligh Jamaat has been organising the Ijtema at the venue since 1967 while the Ijtema is being held in Bangladesh every year from 1946.