After the Fajr prayers on Friday, the three-day Bishwa Ijtema (World Congregation) began on the bank of the Turag in Tongi. Devotees arrived in Bangladesh from all corners of the world. Locals claim that the number of devotees from this year surpassed that of the number from the previous years.
All the devotees met and offered the Jumma prayers together. Maulana Jubair Hasan, Imam of the Kakrail Mosque, led the prayers. The prayers are being offered in Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, and in Bangla.
Two devotees died of heart problems in the last two days. A policeman died in an accident on Wednesday. A funeral prayer was held for them after the Jumma prayers.
This event is mainly held to seek divine blessing from Allah, as Muslims refer to God. It will conclude with the final prayer or Akheri Munajat on the last day of the Ijtema on the 24th of January.