Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the Akheri Munajat (concluding prayers) of Biswa Ijtema as the first phase of the world’s largest Muslim congregation after the holy Hajj ended on Sunday. Tens of thousands have congregated on the banks of Turag river in Tongi since morning to join the concluding prayers of the three-day Ijtema.
From her official residence Ganobhaban, the Prime Minister took part in the munajat. Younger daughter Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Sheikh Rehana, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, former minister Dr Dipu Moni, MP, and other family members of the Prime Minister joined the prayers.
A special prayer was offered on the occasion seeking continued peace, progress and welfare of the country as well as the greater unity of the Muslim Ummah. Noted Indian Islamic scholar Maulana Saad led the prayers.
Tens of thousands of devotees from 17 districts attended the first phase, while devotees from the other districts will participate in the second phase slated for January 15-17.
The Ijtema is being held in two phases from 2011 to ease accommodation and transportation problems.
About 7,000 devotees from over 50 countries, including India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Oman, Yemen, Sudan, Palestine, Tunisia, Bahrain, France, Kuwait, Somalia, Kenya, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, the United States, Iraq and Iran took part in the first phase of the congregation, organizers said, according to a news agency.