The second phase of Biswa Ijtema, one of the largest congregations of Muslims in the world, ended on Sunday at Tongi on the outskirts of the capital.Eminent Islamic scholar of India Moulana Muhammad Sa’ad conducted the 28-minute Akheri Munajat (concluding prayers), which began around 11:05am, of the 51st Biswa Ijtema through Arabic and Urdu.
The gathering of devotees of all ages spilled over into the roads and areas around the Ijtema venue as the Akheri Munajat started.
The devotees in their thousands joined the Munajat from the rooftops and terraces of nearby houses, roads and open fields.
Seven devotees, including a foreigner, died in separate incidents on the Ijtema ground from Thursday to Saturday night.
Religious Affairs Minister Principal Motiur Rahman, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on Youth and Sports Ministry Zahid Ahsan Russell, Gazipur city corporation acting Mayor M Asadur Rahman Kiron, deputy commissioner of Gazipur SM Alam and police super Harun-or-Rashid joined the Munajat.
Many devotes were seen taking part in the Munajat with family members through videoconferencing using 3G mobile phone.
Thousands of women devotees joined the Munajat from the rooftops and terraces of nearby houses.
The three-day congregation began on the Turag bank after Fazr prayers on Friday with delivery of religious sermons.
The Ijtema is being held in two phases from 2012 to ease accommodation problem.
Earlier, the first phase of the Biswa Ijtema, organised by Tabligh Jamaat, was held on January 8-10.