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Pilgrims cook their evening meals on the grounds where the Ijtema is held. Thousands have come from all over Bangladesh to observe three days of religious teaching, prayer and meditation.
Night falls in Tongi as Ijtema pilgrims meet one another after evening prayers.
Muslims entered the Ijtema grounds from different in Bangladesh on the first day of Bishwa Ijtema.
Rapid Action Batallion (RAB) forces of Bangladesh monitor the scene of Ijtema from above to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Muslims perform their ablutions before the Ijtema prayers begin.
Muslims gather to attend Bishwa Ijtema in Dhaka on the first day of the congress.
Mohammad Mojammel Hoque, 70, is a farmer from the Vola district of Bangladesh. "I come here every year to purify my soul and commune with Allah," he said. "From the scholars, I get to know the true teachings of Islam, so I can follow Islam properly and preach to others how to live the Islamic way.''