Preparations Ahead of Eid-al-Adha 2017

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Photojournalism: A group of young people struggle to control a cow to buy at a cattle market towards to their house ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the old part of Dhaka near the Buriganga bridge in Bangladesh. Eid al-Adha is the holiest of the Muslims holidays celebrated each year, it marks the yearly Muslim pilgrimage (Hajj) to visit Mecca, the holiest place in Islam. Muslims slaughter a sacrificial animal and split the meat into three parts, one for the family, one for friends and relatives, and one for the poor and needy. September, 2017 Old Dhaka, Bangladesh © Monirul Alam / WITNESS PHOTO  

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Preparations Ahead of Eid-al-Adha 2017

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Photojournalism: Two young people feeds their cow at nights as they buy it from the livestock market ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival in the old part of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Eid Al-Adha, known as the ‘Feast of the Sacrifice’, is one of the most significant festivals on the Muslim calendar and lasts for four days. The holiday marks the end of the Haji Pilgrimage and serves as a day to remember the Islamic profit Ibrahim, and his willingness to sacrifice of his son, Ismail (Ishmael) as an act of submission to Allah, before Allah intervened and gave Ibrahim a lamb to slaughter in the place of his son. On this day, Muslims in countries around the world start the day with prayer and spend time with family, offer gifts and often give to charity. It is customary for Muslim families to honour Allah by sacrificing a sheep or goat and sharing the meat amongst family members. August 2017 Old Dhaka, Bangladesh © Monirul Alam / WITNESS PHOTO  

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Bangladesh: Ramadan begins in Dhaka

 

Multimedia Journalism ~ People gather to buy foods for breaking their fast during the Muslims holy fasting month of Ramadan at a traditional food market in Dhaka, Bangladesh on May 28, 2017. Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by praying during the nighttime and abstaining from eating, drinking, and sexual acts daily between sunrise and sunset. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and it is believed that the Koran’s first verse was revealed during its last 10 nights.

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Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh Protest in Dhaka

10 March 2017 Dhaka, Bangladesh ~ After Friday prayer a group of Bangladeshi Muslim Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh members shout slogan and demanded to remove the statue of Greek Goddess form Supreme Court in Dhaka city. During their protest a plain-clothes police arrest one member from the spot at National Mosque on 10 March 2017 Dhaka, Bangladesh. According to the local media, the leaders demanded to remove the Greek Goddess as soon as possible otherwise they will go for big movement across the country soon.

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 Muslims Congregation in Bangladesh 

The Bishwajit 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 the second largest Islamic congregation after the Hajj. Ijtema is an Arabic word which means public gathering. In Bengali, the event is known as the “Bishwa Ijtema”. Bishwa is a Bengali word which means world. Every year thousands of Muslims gathered and join 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 is attended by devotees from 150 countries.Speakers include Islamic scholars from various countries.

In this year devotees from home and abroad were seen streaming towards the gathering site on the 1st phases 15-17 January 2017. According to organizers, around three million people have taken part in the final prayers,During the Final Prayer,huge crowds stretch from the Ijtema ground in Tongi into the Dhaka metropolitan area. Schools and offices are declared closed on the occasion.

The Bengali Tabhlighi Jamaat movement started in Dhaka, East Bengal during the 1950s. The first Ijtemas were organized in Chittagong 1954 and Narayangonj 1958 followed by Ijtemas at the Ramna Race Course in Dhaka in 1960, 1962 and 1965 Due to the increasing rate of participants, the government of East Pakistan allowed organizers to schedule the event annually by the River Turag in Tongi 1967. As the number of participants increased, The government of Bangladesh allotted 160 acres of land was acquired and developed as a permanent Ijtema ground in Tongi.

The Ijtema is considered a demonstration of Muslim unity, solidarity, mutual love and respect and an opportunity to reiterate their commitment to Islamic values.

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Islamic activities march towards the Myanmar embassy in Dhaka 

 


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06122016 Islamic activities march towards the Myanmar embassy in Dhaka ~ An islamic activists ride a Vespa and other sits on the Vespa and takes video clips during the Islamic Andolon Bangladesh march towards the Myanmar embassy in Dhaka on 06 December 2016, Dhaka to protest against the torture of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. According to the International Organization said around 21,000 Rohingya have entered Bangladesh in recent weeks after fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar. © Monirul Alam

Dhaka Turns Battleground

Several hundred thousand supporters of the conservative Hefazat-e-Islami group, which is based on traditional madras’s religious schools, launched their protest on Sunday 05 May, 2013.  When they blocked several key roads into the city and clashed with police in the central Dhaka several of their supporters were killed and many more were critical injured during their clash with police. Hefajat-e Islami Bangladesh protests continue demanding a new blasphemy law include their 13 point.

The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the country’s main Islamic party, claims that hundreds of people were killed when the police broke up the protests. The police, meanwhile, have counted 38 dead so far, and said dozens more were being treated in local hospitals. They also announced the arrest of 194 Hefajat-e-Islam activists.

 

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