The first phase of the Bishwa Ijtema is set to begin on Friday with a pre-dawn sermon on the banks of the Turag River in Tongi.
A day before the start of the event, the Ijtema venue is already crowded with followers of the Tabligh Jamaat. With the 160-acre ground almost filled to capacity, the crowds have spilled over to the roads outside the venue.
Engineer Abdun Noor, a member of the Ijtema organising committee, stated that the venue is teeming with millions of Muslims from around the globe, making Tongi's Turag riverbank a hub of activity.
To accommodate the early arrivals, spiritual leaders began delivering sermons from Thursday's Fajr prayer, with pilgrims engaging in prayer and religious devotion to pass the time.
Another committee member Engineer Md Mahfuz noted that although the main activities are scheduled to start on Friday, Tabligh Jamaat followers began congregating at the venue from Wednesday.
The influx of attendees continues, with people arriving in groups by various means of transportation, carrying essentials for their stay.