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- Tableegi jamaat Ijtima 2010 in Dhaka, Bangladesh
TONGI, Bangladesh — Tens of Thousands (according to some report 4 million) Muslims attended Tabligi Jamaat Ijtima on Sunday near the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka.
The three-day Bishwa Ijtema, or World Muslim Congregation, concluded after Tabligi Jmaat head from India led final Dua (prayers) with participants filling every open space, rooftops and miles of roads leading to the congregation site.
The gathering, at which Muslims pray and listen to religious scholars, was first held in the 1960s on the banks of the Turag river and was launched by Tabligi Jamaat, that urges people to follow Islam in their daily lives.
Nearly 20,000 security personnel have been deployed to guard the World Congregation of Muslims, or Biswa Ijtema, said the area’s police chief Mahfuzul Haq Nuruzzaman.
Thousands were walking to reach the site as authorities struggled to keep the flow of traffic moving in and around the Dhaka, which has a population exceeding 10 million, said Ajmat Ullah Khan, head of the area’s municipality corporation.
Khan said they were expecting at least one million devotees to gather for weekly prayer on Friday on the river banks. Some 3 million are expected on Sunday.
Most devotees are Bangladeshis, but organizers say more than 10,000 participants have already arrived from 40 other countries, including the United States, Canada, Malaysia and the United Kingdom.
Dhaka was deserted on Sunday as many residents left their jobs — Sunday is a working day in Bangladesh — and headed to the venue, 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of the city.
The government arranged special trains and ferries, while army engineers set up dozens of makeshift bridges and water tanks.
Bangladesh is the world’s third-largest Muslim-majority nation, with Muslims making up nearly 90 percent of its 144 million populations.