Thousands of Muslim devotees from home and abroad gathered at Tongi on Thursday to attend the first phase of Biswa Ijtema, the world’s second largest congregation of Muslims after the holy hajj.
The three-day congregation organised by Tablig Jamaat has begun today (Friday) on the bank of the Turag amid tight security.
The Ijtema begun with ‘Aam Bayan’ (general sermon) by noted Muslim scholars after Fajr prayers which will conclude with Akheri Munajat (final prayers) on Sunday.
Since Wednesday night, devotees from home and abroad thronged the Ijtema ground to take part in the grand religious event for seeking divine blessings of Almighty Allah.
Gazipur district administration and other relevant authorities have completed all preparations for holding Ijtema in a proper manner. The law enforcement authorities have taken all-out measures to ensure safety and security of devotees.
The 165-acre Ijtema ground on the eastern bank of the Turag have already been filled up with devotees.
The two city corporations, district administration, police, RAB, Ansar and VDP have set up five separate control rooms to monitor the overall activities at the Ijtema ground.
Devotees from 16 districts of the country and abroad have joined the first phase of Ijtema while devotees from 32 districts across the country will take part in the two phases of Ijtema,” he said.
Around 300 specially-designed umbrella mikes (speaker) have been installed at the entire ground for listening religious sermons.
According to law enforcement agencies, an eight-tier security measures have been taken with deployment of 7,000 policemen and 250 RAB personnel to avert any untoward incident during Ijtema period.
A total of 15 watch towers and 41 close circuit camera televisions have been set up in and around the Ijtema ground alongside deployment of bomb disposal units and dog squads to ensure foolproof security there.
The engineering corps of Bangladesh Army has also set up nine pontoon bridges on the Turag for the participants.