Biswa Ijtema | Bangladesh

January 21, 2018 Dhaka, Bangldesh- Bangladeshi Muslim devotees return home riding on an overcrowded train after attending the Akheri Munajat, concluding prayers on the third day of the second phase of the Biswa Ijtema, the second largest Muslim congregation after the Hajj, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Video Journalism by Monirul Alam

[ Summery ] The Bishwa Ijtema meaning Global Congregation is an annual gathering of Muslims in Tongi by the banks of the River Turag, in the outskirts of Dhaka BANGLADESH. It is now the second largest Muslim congregation after the Hajj. The Ijtema is a prayer meeting spread over three days, during which attending devotees perform daily prayers while listening to scholars reciting and explaining verses from the Quran. It’s concluded in the Akheri Munajat, or the Final Prayer, in which millions of devotees raise their hands in front of Allah and pray for-world peace. The Ijtema is considered a demonstration of Muslim unity, solidarity, mutual love and respect and an opportunity to reiterate their commitment to Islamic values.