Thousands of devotees offer their Juma prayers on the road and roof of vehicles during the first day of the three-day long Muslim Congregation or the Bishwa Ijtema at Tongi, Gazipur, Bangladesh, 24 January 2014. Traffic was brought to a standstill while a number of devotees are seen offering prayers from the rooftops of vehicles and nearby buildings. The modern world meets the spiritual world in this image, which expresses the power of religion in urban areas.
Volunteers set up pandal (a fabricated structure) and makeshift camps for jtema, Biswa. Hundreds of devotees from different mosques, students from different madrassahs, schools and colleges work together.
A devotee raises his hands in the final prayer of Ijtema while he is admitted to the hospital. Hundreds of devotees admitted to Tongi General Hospital with complaints of diarrhoea, asthma, cold, cough and vomiting. Hospital authorities added 50 beds while around 50 medical teams work round the clock providing treatment for the devotees free of charge.
Devotees take part in the Akheri Munajat or final prayer on a flyover (overpass) during the Bishwa Ijtema. Thousands of devotees do not get accommodation at the main venue of Ijtema, but they gather in nearby areas outside the main set up.