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On The Banks of The Turag

For many people, religion has become a wellspring of violence, rather than the transformative force it should be. The gulf between the secular and the religious has never been wider. It was against this backdrop of skepticism that the 47th Biswa Ijtema or World Congregation of Muslims took place in Tongi, just outside Dhaka. The millions who flocked to Tongi went looking for divine blessing and spiritual deliverance. But what was said at the Ijtema? Was it a message of peace, or did the event sow the seeds of extremism? What is the true spirit of the Ijtema?


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Syed Zain Al-Mahmood
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Manan Morshed

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