Bishwa Ijtema 2015 in Bangladesh for Getty – by Allison Joyce

Bishwa Ijtema

Photographer Allison Joyce shares photos of Bishwa Ijtema in Tongi, Bangladesh, the second largest gathering of Muslims in the world.

As a woman, even in an abaya and hijab, this was a real challenge to cover. Women generally aren’t allowed onto the prayer grounds and are forced outside onto the pavement to pray. Every time I went inside I had work quickly and was constantly chased out by guards with sticks, but I generally don’t take “no” for an answer and I’m pretty happy with what I got.

“The Bishwa Ijtema in Tongi, Bangladesh, is the second largest gathering of Muslims in the world, after the Hajj, and is organized by World Tablig Council, which preaches teachings of Islam and prophet Mohammad.”

See more photos on Allison’s blog.

Bishwa Ijtema

Bishwa Ijtema

Bishwa Ijtema

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