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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.
(AsiaNews) - More than two million Muslims took part in the first phase of the Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest Muslim
gathering in the world after the Hajj.
The event is held
every year in Bangladesh in Tongi, on the banks of the Turag River. Participants
include at least 50,000 people from 130 countries, including China, United
States, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and
the United Kingdom.
The Bishwa Ijtema (World Meeting) is an
annual gathering organised by the Jamaat
Tabligi (Society for the propagation of the faith), a transnational non-political
religious movement whose goal is Islamic spiritual reformation.
greater safety, the authorities decided to split the event into two phases: the
first was held from 24 to 26 January; the second (and final) will be held from 31
January to 2 February.
measures are thus in place. The area for foreign devotees has been equipped with
all basic services, including electricity, telephones, gas connectors and 4,000
The government also
set up 70 medical camps to provide free health care. All local doctors on holiday
have been recalled for the occasion.
director of Tongi Town Water Project said that 30 million litres of drinking
water from 11 wells would be available.
all the safety precautions, three people have died of a heart attack.
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