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Two million Muslims gather in Bangladesh for the Bishwa Ijtema
The event is the second largest annual Muslim gathering in the world after Hajj. Organised by the Jamaat Tabligi movement, this year's meeting was divided into two phases to avoid safety problems. At least 50,000 participants came from China, United States, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Kingdom.
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Indian Mullah Moulana Muhammad Sa'ad led the closing prayer. Participants called for God’s forgiveness and prayed for themselves and their families. The gathering attracted Muslims from 150 countries. A Catholic praised the event’s organization. "We Christians should learn from our Muslim brothers and sisters.” They “don’t have any complain against organizers. They manage their own food and accommodation personally.”
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