The first phase of the Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of the Muslims after Hajj, concluded on Sunday with 'Akheri Munajat' (final prayers) on the banks of Turag River at Tongi on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka seeking peace, happiness and wellbeing of the Muslim Ummah.
Hafez Mohammad Zubayer, imam of Kakrail Mosque in Dhaka conducted the Akheri Munajat attended by millions of people from home and abroad.
Tens of thousands of the Muslims from about 100 countries and 16 districts of Bangladesh converged at the congregation venue and attended the concluding prayers.
The gathering of devotees, both from home and abroad, spilled over into the roads and areas around the Ijtema venue as the Akheri Munajat started.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took part in the Akheri Munajat from the Gano Bhaban.
Alongside the Ijtema venue, thousands of the devotees joined the munajat from the rooftops and terraces of nearby houses, roads and open fields.
Islamic scholars from different countries delivered sermons on various aspects of Islam at the Ijtema.
Several lakh Muslim devotees, both from home and abroad, converged on the congregation venue and attended the prayers with reciting the name of Allah and hearing the sermons.
The three-day Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after the hajj, began on Friday.
Some 4,473 foreign devotees from 88 countries joined the first phase of the Ijtema.
The second phase of Ijtema will be held on January 19-21.
Tabligh Jamaat has been organising the Ijtema at the venue since 1967. But, the Ijtema is being held in two phases from 2011 to ease the accommodation.
Police took a five-tier security measure for the Biswa Ijtema to ensure overall security.
Besides, special measures were taken to ease the traffic system.Around 50 CCTVs were installed there to monitor the Ijtema ground and the adjoining areas.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Railway (BR) made arrangements to operate special trains on different routes of the country to facilitate the movement of Muslim devotees of the Biswa Ijtema.