Hundreds of thousands of Muslims knelt in a muddy field Monday and prayed for Muslims fighting in Bosnia, Chechyna and the separatist Indian state of Kashmir.
President Abdur Rahman Biswas and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia were among those who ignored a drizzle and cold weather to appeal for an end to Muslims’ suffering in those battle zones.
The prayer concluded the annual three-day World Muslim Congregation, which attracted an estimated 2 million people to this town near Dhaka. The festival is billed as the second largest in the world in turnout after the Mecca pilgrimages in Saudi Arabia.
“The emphasis this year was on how faithfully to follow the teachings of Islam and to understand the followers of other religions,” said Maksudul Hasan of Tabligh Jamaat, the group which organizes the festival.