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Bangladesh: Millions attend Muslims Bishwa Ijtema festival at Tongi01:39

Bangladesh: Millions attend Muslims Bishwa Ijtema festival at Tongi

Bangladesh, Tongi
January 13, 2017 at 16:07 GMT -00:00 · Published

Millions of Muslims gathered by the banks of the Turag River, Tongi, near Dhaka, to take part in the Bishwa Ijtema festival celebrations, Friday.

Although the date of the first Bishwa Ijtema festival is not certain, it is alleged that the first such event took place in 1946. The festival takes place annually and is organised by the Tablighi Jamaat of Bangladesh.

The festival, which is one of the largest Muslim congregations in the world after the Hajj, is attended by around 5 million devotees each year, from more than 150 countries, with the majority coming from across Bangladesh.

The three-day prayer event culminates with the Final Prayer, the Akheri Munajat, when worshippers raise their hands and pray for world peace.

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Millions of Muslims gathered by the banks of the Turag River, Tongi, near Dhaka, to take part in the Bishwa Ijtema festival celebrations, Friday.

Although the date of the first Bishwa Ijtema festival is not certain, it is alleged that the first such event took place in 1946. The festival takes place annually and is organised by the Tablighi Jamaat of Bangladesh.

The festival, which is one of the largest Muslim congregations in the world after the Hajj, is attended by around 5 million devotees each year, from more than 150 countries, with the majority coming from across Bangladesh.

The three-day prayer event culminates with the Final Prayer, the Akheri Munajat, when worshippers raise their hands and pray for world peace.

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