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.

Victory Day Celebration 2017

Summery: In 1971,16 December is our Victory Day. Liberation War is our pride. The nation celebrated the 47th Victory Day paying rich tributes to the Liberation War martyrs with a call for unity to build a country free from militancy, extremism and communal-ism. On this day in 1971, the Pakistan Army surrendered to the allied forces of Bangladesh and India in the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan after nine months of war during which three million people were killed, two lakh women were raped and around 10 million people took refuge in India.

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December 2017 | Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Commuters struggle as floods submerge city in Dhaka

Commuters wade through flooded streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh on July 26, 2017 as heavy rains submerge parts of the city. Water logging due to a low-pressure monsoon has made it difficult for vehicles to ply on roads, leading to traffic and increasing travel time for residents in the area.

Report & Video by Monirul Alam


Anniversary of attack on Holey Artisan Cafe in Bangladesh

Mourners, including politicians and foreign diplomats, have gathered at the scene of the Holey Artisan massacre to pay their respects to the 22 victims of the country’s worst terrorist attack on its first anniversary on 01 July, 2017, Dhaka, Bangladesh A terrorist attack by members of local militant group Jamautul Mujahedin at a popular restaurant in Dhaka on 01 July 2016, left 20 hostages dead and several injured. Military commandos killed six gunmen and rescued 13 hostages during the attack. Dhaka Holey restaurant was relocated and the old location was rebuilt as a residence.
July 01, 2017- Dhaka, Bangladesh

Reportage & Video by Monirul Alam

Hindu Rath Yatra Festival 2017

June 25, 2017- Dhaka, Bangladesh – Bangladeshi Hindu devotees attend in the annual festival of Rath Yatra, or chariot procession, in Dhaka, Bangladesh on June 25, 2017. The Ratha Yatra involves a public procession with a chariot with deities Jagannath (Vishnu avatar), Balabhadra (his brother), Subhadra (his sister) and Sudarshana Chakra (his weapon) on a ratha, a wooden deula-shaped chariot. It attracts over a million Hindu pilgrims who join the procession each year.

Reportage & Video by Monirul Alam