Saturday, January 28, 2006

World congregation of Muslims in Bangladesh

The eastern bank of the river Turag, some 25 kilometres north of the capital city, turned into a human sea with the presence of about 15 lakh devotees from around the globe.

The first day of the three-day Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after the Holy Hajj. Organised by the Bangladesh Tablighi Jamaat, the Ijtema started with sermons after Fajr prayer delivered by Islamic scholars from different countries.

More than 2500 Muslims from 52 countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and the Middle East, have already arrived at the Ijtema venue, a 160-acre area, to attend the three-day 41th Ijtema. It is expected that more than 3 million devotees from over 70 countries of the world, including host Bangladesh, will attend the final prayer, Akheri Munajat, on Sunday to pray for the unity and prosperity of the Muslim Ummah.

Ijtema is now a symbol of the unity of all Muslims, an opportunity to demonstrate their mutual solidarity, love and respect and to reiterate their commitment to the Islamic values of discipline, brotherhood and magnanimity. Ijtema is the largest congregation of Muslims next to the Hajj.

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Maulana Shamim from Delhi delivered the main ‘bayan’ (sermon) after Fajr prayer while Maulana Hafez Jobayer, Khatib of Kakrail Jame Mosque led the Jumma prayer. Maulana MD Ali from Delhi delivered sermon after Jumma prayer, Maulana Jobayerul Hasan from Delhi delivered sermon after Asr prayer while Maulana Hazi Abdul Ohab from Pakistan delivered sermon Magrib prayer.

Maulana Sha’d and Maulana Abdul Salim from Delhi, Maulana Faruque of Bangladesh also delivered sermons.

The sermons are given in Arabic, Bangla, English, Hindi, Urdu and some other languages. Like in previous years, the congregation this year will also feature marriages without dowry.

Background

Viswa Ijtema mammoth Muslim religious congregation organised annually by the tabligh Jama'at Bangladesh. 'Ijtma' is an Arabic word and means public gathering. Ijtema has been held every year since 1966 on the bank of the river turag near Tongi. The Ijtema at Tongi is now known as the Viswa Ijtema (world congregation). It is an annual meeting place of Muslim pilgrims from various countries of the world for special prayers. Its main objectives are to inspire Muslims of the world to follow the norms of islam and encourage them to lead a life that conforms to the tenets of Islam as depicted in the quran and hadith.

Hajrat Maulana Elius founded Tabligh in 1927 at Sahranpur of Uttar Pradesh, India and at the same time organised regional congregation or Ijtema. In course of time, Ijtema movement spread throughout the subcontinent and also influenced other regions. After partition of Bengal in 1947, three Ijtema centres developed in three parts of the subcontinent - India, West Pakistan and East Pakistan. Viswa Ijtema at Tongi is the annual Tabligh congregation of East Pakistan. In addition to Tongi, Ijtemas are now held in Rivend, Pakistan and Bhopal, India. However, in terms of popular attendance, the Tongi Ijtema is the largest of all these congregations.

The Tabligh Jama'at movement started in Bangladesh area in 1948 at the Kakrail Mosque of Dhaka with a few followers in presence of Hazrat Maulana Eusuf. Later in 1954, a large congregation of Tabligh Jama'at was organised at the Camp of the hajj pilgrims of Chittagong. Ijtema started attracting people in large numbers. The next Ijtema was held at Narayanganj in 1958. It was held in 1960, 1962 and 1965 at the ramna racecourse, Dhaka. Ramna proved to be too small to accommodate devotees. Consequently, a large open space at the village Pagar on the bank of the Turag near Tongi was chosen for the next Ijtema in 1966. That year many devotees from overseas joined the Ijtema.

For conducting the Ijtema functions in an organised way, the whole Ijtema ground is divided into 21 sections (khittas), each assigned for a region of the country and a foreign geographic zone. A khitta is supervised by a jimmadar (trustee), who is assisted by district and thana jimmadars. The central Ijtema management authority co-ordinates all affairs of the Ijtema. No paid labour is employed in the Ijtema functions and all work is done by teams of volunteers.

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Blogger Asif said...

Assalamu Alaikum brother. I liked your blog about the ijtema. are you with the Tablighi Jamaat? cuz I think they are doing a great job all over the world.

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porishkar poricchonnota imaan er ongo. i've heard this a lot in bangladesh...i dnt know whether it is writtin in quran or any hadith..but surely it sounds pretty logical isnt it..go visit that place iztema or whatever u call it....my dad says the whole place is a public lavatory...
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