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Bishwa Ijtema, Bangladesh

Bishwa Ijtema, Bangladesh

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BISHWA IJTEMA (or Bishsho Istema, Bengali: বিশ্ব  ইজতেমা, is an annual Tablighi Jamaat Islamic movement congregation.

ORGANIZERS: The Bangladesh Tablighi Jamaat

TABLIGHI IDEOLOGY: To undertake “tabligh missions”  i.e.  spend time in tabligh for self reformation and the propagation of Islam by following the Six Principles of the Tablighi Jamaat Ideology.

THE SIX PRINCIPLES: These six principles are:

  1. Kalimah: Imaan  (Faith)  -  An article of  faith  in which a Muslim accepts that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his last messenger". The means of bringing this conviction in one's life requires one to follow the Sunnah (way) of Muhammad.
  2. Salat:  (Prayer)  -  Five daily prayers  –  With concentration and devotion  –  that are essential to spiritual elevation, piety, and a life free from the ills of the material world.
  3. Ilm and Zikr:  (Knowledge and Remembrance of Allah)  -  Conducted in sessions in which the congregation listens to preaching by the emir, performs  prayers, recites the Quran and reads Hadith from authentic books.
  4. Ikraam-e-Muslim:  (Honoring a Muslim)  -  The treatment of fellow Muslims with honor and deference. “To Like for other what you like for yourself”.
  5. Ikhlas-e-Niyyat:  (Sincerity of Intention)  -  Reforming one’s life in supplication to Allah by performing every human action for the sake of Allah and toward the goal of self-transformation"
  6. Dawat'o' Tableegh (Dawah):  (Inviting and Preaching)  -  The sparing of time  to live a life based on faith and learning its virtues, following in the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad, and taking His message from door to door for the sake of faith

LOCATION: Tongi, Bangladesh by the river Turag, in the close proximity of Dhaka City.

DURATION: Three (3) days

MAGNITUDE: 2nd largest Muslim congregation in the world after the Hajj. Estimated number of attendees of 2007 ijtema was 3 million[2] while in 2010 it was 5 million.

CONGREGATION AREA: 160 acres (0.65 km2) of land (0.25 square mile).

NUMBER OF COUNTRIES REPRESENTED: 150 (approximately) including the host country.

PURPOSE:  The event  –  bishwa ijtema  –  focuses on  prayers  and  supplication [Du’a  –PURPOSE:  The event  –  bishwa ijtema  –  focuses on  prayers  and  supplication  [Du’a  –petitioning Allah (SWT) for fulfillment of  one’s  legitimate desires]  and  does not allow  political discussion.[1]

EVENT HIGH POINT: Concluding day Akheri Munajat, or the final prayer.

TABLIGH JAMAAT [TJ]:  Unlike common proselytising movements, TJ never strove to convert non-Muslims to Islam, rather it exclusively focused on making Muslims 'better and purer' (strengthening their faith in the Might of the Lord). In practical terms  … Muslims are in a TABLIGH JAMAAT [TJ]:  Unlike common proselytising movements, TJ never strove to convert non-Muslims to Islam, rather it exclusively focused on making Muslims 'better and purer' (strengthening their faith in the Might of the Lord). In practical terms  … Muslims are in a constant state of spiritual Jihad in the sense of fight against evil, the weapon of choice is Dawah (prostelyzation) and that battles are won or lost in the “hearts of men.”

HISTORY:  The first meeting was reportedly held in 1946 (although various sources indicate other dates for this) and continues to be organized by the Bangladesh  Tablighi Jamaat.  The sparing of time  to live a life based on faith and learning its virtues, following in the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad, and  taking His message from door to door for the sake of faith.

The tradition of Ijtema was initiated by  an Indian savant named Muhammad Ilyas al-Kandhlawi and began as a small group The tradition of Ijtema was initiated by  an Indian savant named Muhammad Ilyas al-Kandhlawi and began as a small group of religious-minded individuals gathering at a local mosque.  For forty-one years Tongi has been the chosen location, although similar programs are held on a lesser scale in other countries. The  Ijtema is non-political, and therefore it draws people of all persuasion.  Prayer is held for the spiritual adulation [boundless admiration or praise  (of God)], exaltation  [a feeling or state of extreme happiness (for getting the rare opportunity  of being a part of this grand  event for seeking divine blessings from  Allah)]  and welfare of the Muslims community. This immensely popular program gives the people of Bangladesh an opportunity to interact with Muslims from other countries and is commonly attended by prominent political figures.

The congregation takes place at an area comprising 160 acres (0.65 km2) of land (0.25 square mile). Devotees from approximately 150 countries, including the host country, Bangladesh, attend the three-day Ijtema seeking divine blessings from  Allah. In recent years, over twenty thousands foreign delegates attend the congregation each year. Special rates are provided by Bangladesh Biman's world wonder fund.

Despite the large number of devotees living within a confined space, generally there is very few problems of sanitation, cooking, and internal movements. It is believed to be possible because of the minimalist approach adopted by the devotees. Devotees have reduced their own requirements and developed a respect for others' requirements.Despite the large number of devotees living within a confined space, generally there is very few problems of sanitation, cooking, and internal movements. It is believed to be possible because of the minimalist approach adopted by the devotees. Devotees have reduced their own requirements and developed a respect for others' requirements.

Muhammad Ilyas revived  the Tabligh movement in 1927 at Saharanpur of Uttar Pradesh, India and at the same time organized regional congregation or Ijtema. In course of time, Ijtema movement spread throughout the subcontinent and also influenced other regions. After the partition of Bengal in 1947, three Ijtema centres developed in three parts of the subcontinent  -India, West Pakistan and East Pakistan. Biswa Ijtema at Tongi is the annual Tabligh congregation of the Muhammad Ilyas revived  the Tabligh movement in 1927 at Saharanpur of Uttar Pradesh, India and at the same time organized regional congregation or Ijtema. In course of time, Ijtema movement spread throughout the subcontinent and also influenced other regions. After the partition of Bengal in 1947, three Ijtema centres developed in three parts of the subcontinent  -India, West Pakistan and East Pakistan. Biswa Ijtema at Tongi is the annual Tabligh congregation of the current Bangladesh. In addition to Tongi, Ijtemas are now held in Raiwind, Pakistan and Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. However, in terms of popular attendance, the Tongi Ijtema is the largest of all these congregations.

In 2008, the event had to be cut short to only one day due to rain and cold weather which left three attendees dead.

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“CHILLAH”

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Tabligh Jamaat  encourages its followers to follow the pattern of spending "an evening, one night, three days, a week, or forty days, 40 continuous days a year, and ultimately 120 days at least once in their lives engaged in tabligh missions".   During the course of these  tours, members are generally seen dressed in simple, loose-clothing. The Jamaat's walking on streets can be identified by its members carrying sleeping bags and packs of bare minimum cookery on their backs and walking in a straight line along the pathways  and footpaths, when they are aiming to arrive at a destination by foot. These members use mosques as their base during their stays but particular mosques, due to more frequent tablighi activities, have come to be specifically associated with this organisation. These mosques generally hold the periodic, smaller scale convocations for neighbourhood members.

During their stay in mosques, these jamaats conduct a daily gasht [A Urdu word that means ‘to walk or travel through or round a place’], which involves visiting local neighbourhoods, preferably with the help of a local guide. They invite people to attend the Maghrib prayer at their mosque and those who attend are delivered a  sermon after the prayers, which essentially During their stay in mosques, these jamaats conduct a daily gasht [A Urdu word that means ‘to walk or travel through or round a place’], which involves visiting local neighbourhoods, preferably with the help of a local guide. They invite people to attend the Maghrib prayer at their mosque and those who attend are delivered a  sermon after the prayers, which essentially outline the Six Principles. They urge the attendees to spend time in tabligh for self reformation and the propagation of Islam. Also the regular activities like eating, sleeping etc. are also carried out in the mosques.

Generally, the assumed role of these jamaat members cycle in a way that they may be engaged as a preacher, a cook or as a cleaner at other times. Among Tabligh Jamaat members, this is generally referred to as khidmat which essentially connotes to serving their companions and freeing them for tablighi engagements. The members of the Jamaat are assigned these roles Generally, the assumed role of these jamaat members cycle in a way that they may be engaged as a preacher, a cook or as a cleaner at other times. Among Tabligh Jamaat members, this is generally referred to as khidmat which essentially connotes to serving their companions and freeing them for tablighi engagements. The members of the Jamaat are assigned these roles based on the day's mashwara. The markaz keeps records of each  jamaat and its members, the identity of whom  is verified from their respective mosques. Mosques are used to assist the tablighi activities of individual jamaats that voluntarily undertake preaching missions. Members of a jamaat, ideally, pay expenses themselves so as to avoid financial dependence onanyone. However, reverent members may at times also sponsor expenses of some of their "brothers" who might be devoted members but without necessary financial means.

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