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Muslims throng Bhopal as Ijtima begins today

People have started arriving in Bhopal from across India and abroad for one of the biggest Muslim congregations in India. Renowned Muslim scholars will deliver discourses during the three-day event.

bhopal Updated: Dec 06, 2014 22:39 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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The 67th Aalami Tableeghi Ijtima (Annual Global Muslim Congregation) will begin from Saturday at Eintkhedi near Bhopal with the dawn prayer (Fajr Namaz).

Considered to be one of the biggest Muslim congregations in India, people have started pouring in from across India and abroad. Renowned Muslim scholars will also deliver discourses during the three-day event.

The state government has made special arrangements for the event that is expected to see around 10 lakh Muslims. The main event will be held at the sprawling 35 acres pandal (tent) while another 25 acres is reserved for the food zone.

The railways has also set up counters to provide travel tickets and reservations at the venue while BSNL has set up PCOs for public convenience. First-aid stalls have also been erected.

“We have appealed the volunteers to take special care to ensure that the venue remains polythene and tobacco-free,” said spokesperson Ateeq-ul-Islam, adding that the committee hasn’t allowed a single shop at the venue to keep tobacco products. A group of 2,500 trained volunteers would also manage traffic arrangements from the railway station to the venue.

The main tent is divided and labelled with names of areas to house people from several localities.

A separate tent accommodation has been made to house 1,000 Jamaats coming from abroad. These tents have additional infrastructure like water and toilet facilities. Entry to this zone is prohibited for locals. Many Jamaats from Russia, USA, Morocco, Yemen, Sri Lanka, France, Malaysia, Indonesia, Fiji, South Africa, Ghana and other nations have already arrived.

First Published: Dec 06, 2014 15:09 IST