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Largest Muslim congregation after Hajj begins in Bangladesh

Largest Muslim congregation after Hajj begins in Bangladesh


Muslims from around the world perform Friday prayer on the street during Bishwa Ijtema in Tongi on the outskirt of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 10 January 2020. —Reuters

The ‘Bishwa Ijtema’ (global congregation), which is considered the world’s second-largest Muslim gathering after hajj, started on Friday in Tongi on the outskirts of Bangladesh capital Dhaka.

An estimated five million devotees from home and abroad are expected to attend the congregations this year.

Devotees from around 150 countries across the globe including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Pakistan, Iran, India, Syria, Chad, Tajikistan, Turkey, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kuwait, Oman, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Ethiopia, Myanmar, South Africa, Egypt, Palestine, Germany, France, Sudan, Nigeria, Italy, Turkiye, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US — are expected to attend the congregation in 2024.

Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan Mahbub said this year around 1,000 devotees from Pakistan are expected to attend the Bishwa Ijtema in Bangladesh. 

“Our missions in Pakistan have already issued necessary visas to the devotees,” he said.

This year the congregation is going to take place in two phases: first one from February 2 to 4 and the second from February 9 to 12.

“Bangladesh, the world’s third largest Muslim majority country, is the proud and permanent host of the Ijtema (congregation) for last 57 years,” Mambub said.

Father of the Bangladeshi Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had allocated 160 acres of land permanently for Bishwa Ijtema, he said adding that the land currently costs hundreds of billions of USD.  


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