Thousands join juma prayer at Biswa Ijtema
jamuna news: The 52nd Biswa Ijtema began today on the bank of the Turag River at Tongi, amid tight security. Thousands of Muslims attended the Jum'a prayers at the Ijtema venue and its adjacent areas today.
The first phase of three-day Ijtema began with 'Aam Bayan' (general sermons) by noted scholar Maulana Obaidul Khorshed after Fazr prayers.
The Ijtema will end with Akheri Munajat (final prayers) on Sunday.
So far five people including an unidentified youth were reportedly died ---two of them died last night and three was died this morning, at the Ijtema venue.
Two of the deceased were identified as Janu Fakir, 70, hailing from Tangail and Saheb Ali, 35, of Manikganj. All of them died of old age complications and due to illness, said Ijtema organizing committee member Mawlana Mamun.
But the identity of anothers deceased devotee could not be confirmed immediately.
The namaj-e-janaza of those deceased was held on the Ijtema ground after Fazar prayers and their relatives have taken the bodies to the village home for burial.
Besides, Police also found a dead body of a youth at the bank of the Turag river at around 11am on Friday, but the police could not identify the deceased immediately.
Thousands of devotees from home and abroad started joining at the bank of Turag River to take part in the religious event since Thursday to seek divine blessings of the Almighty Allah.
The second phase of the Ijtema is scheduled to begin on January 20 at the same venue and it will end on January 22.
Tablig Jamaat has been organizing the Ijtema at the venue since 1967. Now, Ijtema is held in two phases since 2011 to ease the accommodation problem.
Meanwhile, a five-tier security arrangement has been taken for the event along with deployment of several thousand members of different law-enforcement agencies, including RAB and police.
Jamunanews24.com/kabir/kf/manik/ 13 January 2017