What is Ijtema and how it came?
The tradition of Ijtema was initiated by Muhammad Ilyas al-Kandhlawi from it’s headquarters Nizamuddin Markaz, Delhi, India.
The Ijtema is non-political, and therefore it draws people of all persuasion. Prayer is held for the spiritual adulation, exaltation and welfare of the Muslims community.
This immensely popular program gives the people of the different countries an opportunity to interact with Muslims from other countries.
Moulana Abul Hasan Ali Nadvi mentioned in a biography of Moulana Ilyas that, in the 1930s, they used to have the annual ijtema at Mewat and they had a fixed place for ijtema. Moulana Ilyas used to take part in these ijtemas regularly. The biggest ijtema was held at Nuh of the district of Gourgano from 28 to 30 November 1941 (Nadvi, 2006:118). That was the notable Ijtema in terms of participating number of devotees. According to Nadvi (2006), there were about 20-25 thousand people in that ijtema. This ijtema was successful in many ways; one of them are to be able to send many jamaats to the various places in India such as Khorza, Aligarh, Agra, Buland city, Mirath, Panipath, Sonipath etc. In April 1943, they had sent a jamaat in Karachi (a major city of Pakistan). The first Ijtema held in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) was in 1954 in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Later that year they had organised another massive ijtema in Khulna, a south-west district of Bangladesh. Since then they have been organising ijtema every year in a regular basis. During this time, the centre of Tabligh Jama’at in Bangladesh was based on the Lalbagh Shahi Mosque. Due to limitation of space, they had to move to the current location at Kakrail. Background of Tabligh Jama’at in Bangladesh, In 1954 there were about 15-20 thousands participants took part in the first ijtema. However, by 1965 even Kakrail had become too small for the ijtema. Therefore, they had to think about a new place for the ijtema. In the same year, they had to shift the venue at Tongi near Dhaka. Since then, Tabligh Jama’at has been regularly organising ijtema at Tongi.
The Bishwa Ijtema is an annual gathering of Muslims in Tongi, by the banks of the River Turag, in the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was one of the largest peaceful gatherings in the world but World Ijtema has lost its heritage since last 2018.
World Ijtema must be done under the supervision of World Markaz Nizamuddin and through ensuring secure participation of the world Amir. World Ijtema must be free from conflict and politics and everyone’s participation must be secure.
But What happening now?
Tongi Ijtema 2019 | Forcibly imposed | Another horrible conspiracy in history |
The Tablighi Jama’at was founded in 1926 in Mewat, India, by Maulana Muhammad Ilyas, an Islamic scholar.
Tablighi centre and the de facto headquarters of the movement in the Indian capital Delhi Nizamuddin.
The Tabligh presents itself as a selfless, apolitical, multi-ethnic entity.
Its followers participate in its activities only on a part-time basis – and estimates range as widely as 80 million-120 million.
Tabligh’s roots pre-date the partition of South Asia — perhaps this is why it manages to attract hundreds of thousands of devotees to their Ijtema every year in Tongi (Bangladesh), Nizamuddin (India) and Raiwind (Pakistan).
The notion of da’wah pervades most of the Muslim world as well as countries that have a significant Muslim populace.
Not only has Tabligh weathered many storms during the 90-plus years of its history, it remains one of the fastest-growing religious movements whose influence has been felt across this country and indeed elsewhere too.
But some differences played out in public only recently. There is a rebel group escaping from Nizamuddin and set up their 13-member advisory council, which was created in Pakistan Raiwind Markaz in the year of 2015. This is a group of high political luxuries and power greedy people. This group are leading by Darul Uloom Deoband. Darul Uloom Deoband in their fatwa, Maulana Saad (TJ World Amir) is accused of disrespecting the scholars and earlier prophets and putting forward “unacceptable” new interpretations of the concepts of the Quran and Sunnah.
What Maulana Sa’ad said, “To teach deen [religion] for a wage is to sell deen,” he is quoted as saying on another occasion. “People who commit zina [adultery] will enter jannah [paradise] before those who teach Quran for a wage.” and some others topics, which was not proved against Maulana Sa’ad.
Throughout the Muslim world, Darul Uloom Deoband has lost his image. Even in India, their followers have decreased. Only Bangladesh is their resort. Since Bangladesh follows Deoband, they are easily utilizing Bangladesh. In addition, the events of 1971’s defeat are remembered for Pakistan.
And the same time the Pakistan supporters “Hefazat-e-Islam” have a good ties of the government of Bangladesh, so that Pakistan-based “Alami Sura” used the Hefazat-e-Islam to control the Ijtema.
From the begging about Tongi Ijtema 2019, Forcibly imposed by the Bangladesh Government Home and Religious Affairs Ministry. Another horrible conspiracy in history. Pakistan-based “Alami Shura” and their Bangladeshi counterpart “Hefazat-e-Islam” behind the conspiracy. Bangladesh Government has a militant connection with “Hefazat-e-Islam”, and for that Bangladesh government supports them. The government trying to arrange the upcoming Ijtema according to the formula given by “Hefazat-e-Islam”.
Where did the so-called “Alami Shura” get Ijtema? They do not know where their house, where their home. Do they know what their origin is? Do they have any Markaz or any Amir? So why they trying to capturer Nizamuddin properties?
Seems the BD government is trying heart and soul to implement agenda of Alami Shura in tricky way.
Because of the firm determination of Nizamuddin followers (to obeyed the Nizamuddin Markaz Mashawara), the BD Government finally changed the decision.
Biased behavior of the government of Bangladesh
Although the mainstream Tabligh followers have objected to the behavior of the government since the beginning. The government was silent even after the killing of innocent Tabligh’s followers, mosque lock, Markaz and mosque occupation by the “Hefazat-e-Islam”.
Proof of Bangladesh government’s ruthless role is found, when permission is given to Ijtema for Fitan-e-Khabisa “Alami Sura” on public holidays (February 15-16, Friday and Saturday) in the country.
And the opposition thinks, the BD government allocated the weekdays to followers of Tabligh’s (February 17-18, Sunday and Monday). Which is very sad.
Tongi Ijtema treaty, like another Hudaibiya treaty.
In the worst behavior of the BD government, the followers of Tabligh may enjoying a very little taste and victory like the Treaty of Hudaibiya. Allah helps only from the oppression of the oppressor.