Mysuru: Nearly seven lakh Muslims including 13 Maulvis from the country and abroad are congregating at the three-day All India Mushavarathi Ijtema (Convention), organised by the Muslim community at the Adakanahalli Industrial Area, near Kadokola in Nanjangud taluk.
People have been coming in buses, cars and trains from yesterday from Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Telengana, Maharashtra and even from Bangladesh, Kenya, Mauritius and other parts of Karnataka and the number has already touched six lakhs and it is likely to go up to seven lakhs by this evening.
The Ulemas or Maulvis conduct prayers, speak about unity and communal harmony, is the message that is strongly sent on all the three days. One of the organisers, speaking on condition of anonymity told Star of Mysore that this is the first time such a big convention is being held in Mysuru and the earlier conventions were held only at the district level.
There are ten camps set up at the site and the food for three days that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner both vegetarian and non-vegetarian costs Rs.150 for all the three days. Five times Namaz is held.
Teachings on Quran are held and there are no political speeches, said the source. People living in Mysuru, return home, while all others stay in the camp.
One of the camp coordinators Aftab Ahmed has set up a camp at the Mysuru Toll Gate to receive the visitors and the second camp is at the City Railway Station where KSRTC buses hired for taking the participants to the venue by paying Rs.50 for Volvo buses and Rs.40 for ordinary ones.
Hazrath Moulana Ahmed Hussain, Gujarat Hazrath Moulana Ibrahim Ibrahim Devos, Gujarat and Hazrath Moulana Ahmed Lad Saheb, Gujarat, Hazrath Moulana Dr. Khalid Ahmed, Aligarh, UP, Hazrath Moulana Dr. Sana Ulla, Aligharh, UP, Hazrath Moulana Abdul Rahman, Hazrath Moulana Farooq Ahmed, Hazrath Moualna Akbar Shariff Shariff, Bengaluru and Hazrath Moulana Mohamed Zaka Ulla Saheb Siddiqui, President, All India Mili Council, Mysuru District Unit, are some of the many Maulvis attending the Ijtema.
Thousands of volunteers are working day and night and vehicular traffic is being controlled by them. There are no banners or slogans raised at the venue, said the source.