Some 3 million Muslims joined in a mass prayer ceremony Sunday in Bangladesh, concluding an annual three-day event, praying for global peace and prosperity.
An Islamic scholar from India led the concluding prayer at Biswa Ijtema, the second-largest Muslim gathering after the Hajj, in Tongi, some 35 kilometres north of the capital Dhaka.
On the final day, the crowd exceeded the boundaries of the 5-square kilometre venue as tens of thousands of people travelled overnight on overcrowded buses and trains from across the country to join the concluding prayer.
The annual congregation, or "Bishwa Ijtema," has been held each year since 1966. The gathering shuns politics and focuses on reviving the tenets of Islam and promoting peace and harmony.
Participants discuss the Holy Quran, pray, and listen to sermons by Islamic scholars from around the world.
President Iajuddin Ahmed, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed and leader of the opposition in Parliament Khaleda Zia joined the prayer session.
Organizers said more than 10,000 foreign pilgrims from 105 Muslim countries attended the event.
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