Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest Muslim congregation after Hajj will begin today (Friday) on the bank of the river Turag at Tongi of Gazipur. Ijtema will be held into two phases as like as previous years as devotees were not accommodated at the venue in one phase. In this year, devotees from only 32 district will attend in the Ijtema. Devotees from 17 district will attend in the first phase while devotees from 15 district will attend in second phase.
The first phase of Ijtema will end with Akheri Munajat on January 10.The second phase will be held after 4 days on January 15 and it will be ended on January 17 with akhery munajat.
Thousands of devotees from all around the country and abroad already reached at Ijtema ground through the hartal enforced by Jamat-e-islami on Thursday. Though the hartal did not effect on the journey of devotees in Gazipur, but they faced various problems on their way to Ijtema ground at different places of country for the crisis of vehicles. As a result, many of devotees expressed their dissatisfaction for calling hartal a day before of this largest Muslim congregation.
Though Ijtema is going to be started after today’s (Friday) Fazre prayer, but the highest scholars of Ijtema have begun delivering their sermons from Fazre prayer on Thursday. They discussed on different topics including ‘Iman’, ‘Akhlakh’ and ‘Amol’.
However, the Ijtema authorities have already completed all preparation to hold Bishwa Ijtema. Volunteers of Bishwa Tablig Jamat,students from schools, college and Madrasha and peoples from all walks of life prepared the ground. A massive pandal was made over all the areas to accommodate the participants. Md Gias Uddin , one of the ‘Murubbi’ (decision maker) told the Independent , ‘All preparation works all ready completed’ . He said, we have managed modern facilities, included gas and power supply,Ambulance service and Telephone connection at the west – north side at the venue for the foreign devotees.
He also said that the foreigne devotees may increased than previous years. More than 50,000 foreign devotees from 150 countries are expected to arrive for Ijtema this year. To maintain law and order situation, inadequate steps will be taken. Separate control rooms by district administration, police and RAB was already been set up. Superintendent of Gazipur Police Harun Or Rashid said, close circuit cameras will be activated at different points of the venue . About 12000 law enforcers will do their duties during Ijtema. Besides, a number of plain clothed police will also work with them.
Gazipur district administration will conducted Mobile court at the Ijtema area to ensure law and order situation and also monitor the hotels and restaurants at the area.
Bangladesh Road Transport corporation (BRTC) will provide 228 special bus service that will work till January 19. Among the bus, 3 will be reserved for foreign devotees. Total 54 free medical camps were setup in the area surrounding the Ijtema ground. Tongi Hospital which will provide full range of services to the participants.
State minister for religion principal Motiur Rahman visited the Ijtema ground on Thursday. He also inaugurated Hamdard free medical camp at Monno Textile factory gate at the northern corner of Ijtema ground. Fire service also take necessary steps to prevent any unwanted fire incident. A total of 200 fire fighter will be on duty in the venue. Aktaruzzaman, deputy assistant director of Gazipur fire service told, three water carrier , one standby light unit and three ambulance will be kept at foreign shade and godown area at the venue.