LAHORE - The second phase of 66th annual Tableeghi Ijtema will start on November 9 and conclude on November 11 with the collective prayers from leading religious scholar.

Successful negotiation between the federal government and Tehreek Labaik Pakistan leadership on Friday night paved way for returning of normalcy in Lahore and other cities that led to improved attendance at the venue of annual event.

On the first day (last Friday), the attendance was at least 50 per cent less than the previous years. Hundreds of buses could not reach the venue of annual congregation due to blockage of entry/exit points by TLP workers protesting against acquittal of blasphemy accused Aasia Bibi by the Apex Court.

The situation, however, improved considerably on Saturday with more and more people continued coming to the venue throughout the day to become part of the annual event. Attendance will be maximum, expected to be more than half a million people, at the time of offering ijtemai dua on Sunday (today) in the morning.

Leading religious scholars including Haji Abdul Wahab, Maulana Tariq Jameel, Maulana Yaqoob, Maulana Muhammad Jamil, Maulana Zuhair Ahmed, Maulana Ahmed and Maulana Muhammad Ibrahim delivered sermons on the second day of the event.

Religious scholars said that followers of Islam are the best umma that is conveying the message of Allah to the whole mankind after the advent of the last Holy Prophet (PBUH). For the followers of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), they said, the biggest mission is spreading the message of good and curbing the evil. They said that it was responsibility of the ummah to convey the message of Almighty and the messenger of God to the whole mankind.

They said the whole universe is taking benefit due to umma of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). As long as single individual worshiping Allah is alive, the dooms day will not fall. They said Allah never forgets His creature and wants same response His creature under any circumstances. They said Allah dears the most that the man should love and stay closer to Him. They said major responsibility of any individual is the fulfillment of the promise with honesty. Love to each other and avoiding the spread of chaos and incendiary is the true faith of a Muslim. They emphasized the need for following in the footsteps of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and adopting his lifestyle to get success in both worlds. They said that love for Allah and His Holy Prophet (PBUH) is demonstrated through forgiveness and tolerance. They said that world is a temporary abode and who consider it a place for permanent living will suffer a great loss. They stressed the need of fulfilling the obligation of preparing for the coming life. Salvation is the prime object of this life for which all must struggle, they said.