PV Desk : The first phase of the 53rd Biswa Ijtema began after the Fazr prayer today on the bank of river Turag at Tongi in Gazipur amid general sermon (am bayan).
Several lakhs devotees from home and abroad took part at the Jumma prayer held on the Ijtema ground. Senior Islamic scholar of Kakrail mosque Hafez Mawlana Mohammad Zubaer led the prayer.
Politicians and senior government officials including Liberation War Affairs Minister Advocate AKM Mozammel Haq, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Rasel, Gazipur City Awami League President Advocate Azmat Ullah Khan and Deputy Commissioner of Gazipur Dr Dewan Mohammad Humayun Kabir, among others, took part in the prayer.
After the Fazr prayer, the formal Ijtema began with general sermon delivered by Mawlana Shaikh Omar Khatib from Jordan.
The general sermon was given in Arabic language for the first time while Mawlana Saleh translated it.
Bangladeshi Islamic scholars Mawlana Mohammad Hossain gave sermon after the Jumma prayer while Mawlana Abdul Bari and Mawlana Mohammad Rabiul Haq gave sermons respectively after the Asar and Magrib prayer.