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    14 Hajj pilgrims trampled to death

    Every year there seems to be some who die, no?

    MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Fourteen pilgrims were trampled to death Tuesday when some worshippers tripped amid a jostling crowd during a ritual of the annual Muslim pilgrimage in which the faithful throw stones at pillars representing the devil's temptatio

    Some pilgrims fell and were killed by the crush of people around them.

    "A lot of overcrowding took place, some of them fell on the ground, which lead to the death of 14 pilgrims," bin Said said.

    Three Indians, four Pakistanis, two Egyptians, an Iranian and a Yemeni were among the dead. The other three had not yet been identified.


    #2
    yeah its a shame. It is a capacity as well as a crowd control issue. The biggest challenge is that the crowd is so packed that how you move and where you move can be very tricky and limited.

    The govt there tried to solve crowding issue by expanding facilities and even limiting the locals to attend once every 5 years I believe but it becomes a problem anyways.

    having spent some time in saudi arabia, i had the opportunity to go for hajj and umra several times my dad knew the best times that the crowds will be lesser than at other times of the day but still then for the stone throwing, aside from maybe oen time, he did not take anyone from teh family. His view was let me go do this on behalf of everyone (it is allowed) and not be worried about how you guys are dealing with the crowd.

    At one time at a diff place we did get in a situation where myself, my dad, my mon and my bro all fell because one peron fell and due to teh crowd it was a bit of a domino effect. Luckily for us we got out with just some sprains and bruises. probably among the scarier expereinces of my life.

    There are some other reasons as well including how some ppl go about going through some of teh rituals. a problem caused by a handful of ppl can get out of hand due to teh sheer size and movement of teh packed crowd.

    the stones are not really an issue, because they are supposed to be pea sized pebbles.
    The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that... he is gone.

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      #3
      May Allah have mercy on the souls and give patience & peace to their loved ones behind.
      I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
      - Robert McCloskey

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        #4
        That's God's punishment. u follow pagan rituals.. u suffer.
        JaddoN kaddya jaloos ghareeba tay shehr ich choatalee lug gayee

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          #5
          May Allah shower them with His mercy and reward them abundantly.

          {If aught that is good befalls you, it grieves them; but if some misfortune overtakes you, they rejoice at it. But if you are constant and do right, not the least harm will their cunning do to you; for surely Allah comprehends what they do.} (3:120)

          Iqbal

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            #6
            Its really sad, I wonder does dying in pilgrimage give you shahadah/martyrdome?

            PA: Another thing is how is it a pagan ritual? I mean whats wrong with it?
            Rabul MashriqaiN wal MaghribaiN

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              #7
              Originally posted by CocoNut:
              PA: Another thing is how is it a pagan ritual? I mean whats wrong with it?
              what's wrong?? 14 people died and we still need to know what's wrong?

              tell me where Allah commanded us to do such nonsense??
              JaddoN kaddya jaloos ghareeba tay shehr ich choatalee lug gayee

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                #8
                Originally posted by PakistaniAbroad:


                what's wrong?? 14 people died and we still need to know what's wrong?

                tell me where Allah commanded us to do such nonsense??
                I wish I could tell you but I'm not one to search copy paste. Its a very well embedded part of pilgrimage just like going to the Mountains Safa and Marwa. I really don't understand why you would completely ignore the fact that so many do it.

                Speaking of which I wonder if Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) did this (the stone throwing at pillars). For me I've seen it done and heard the story of Abraham.

                Death at that location happens almost every year, people die from hoards, heat, living in tents

                What about the significance of Abraham and Ishmael throwing stones at the devil? I mean surely billions of people aren't just going into ignorance or are they?

                I maybe wrong, dunno, still learning the ropes : )
                Rabul MashriqaiN wal MaghribaiN

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                  #9
                  Well, thatís 14 less terrorists to worry about. You gotta look at the bright side.

                  Hajj is the stupidest ritual ever in its current form. It wasnít meant to be like this. It was meant to be an exercise in humility and persistence and hardship. During the time of the early Khulafas, pilgrims came on foot from as far as present day Libya in sweltering heat with very little food to subsist and many died along the way. That was Hajj. What you have today is a show of wealth and money and status, and more of a desire to show-off to oneís neighbors and relatives. I think Hajj can be better performed watching some good PBS documentary and giving all the money one would spend in Mecca to poor people.

                  Hajji NYA Il Habibi wal Maktool

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by CocoNut:
                    Its a very well embedded part of pilgrimage just like going to the Mountains Safa and Marwa. I really don't understand why you would completely ignore the fact that so many do it.
                    Coco, please get one thing straight.. just the fact that a lot of people do something doesn't make it right.

                    The Pilgrimage was a well known pre-Islamic event.

                    Running between Safa and Marva has been "pardoned" by Allah and no sin is on those who do it. Note the way it was 'allowed' and not demanded by the Lord.

                    There is absolutely no mention in the Qur'an of the old paganistic ritual of throwing pebbles at some stone structures.. the ritual reeks of paganism and jahilliyat of the days when sticks, stones and trees were venerated and used in acts of worship.

                    Speaking of which I wonder if Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) did this (the stone throwing at pillars). For me I've seen it done and heard the story of Abraham. What about the significance of Abraham and Ishmael throwing stones at the devil? I mean surely billions of people aren't just going into ignorance or are they?
                    There you see, deriving a ritual from folklore... if the Hajj was established by Prophet Muhammad for Allah Alone, then how come rituals in it commemorate supposed acts of earlier prophets? Where is the account of Abraham throwing pebbles.. probably in hadith books and therefore possibly in stories of Jewish origin.
                    JaddoN kaddya jaloos ghareeba tay shehr ich choatalee lug gayee

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                      #11
                      Inalillahewainnailaihirajioon...They died in the best of places and in the best of states...Lucky they were to have died there in a state of ehram...Allah Taala accept their nyaa and grant them straight access to paradise...Ameen...
                      Focus not on who you are but what you do...
                      ])>:::}-:Salams:-{:::<([

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by PakistaniAbroad:
                        Coco, please get one thing straight.. just the fact that a lot of people do something doesn't make it right.

                        The Pilgrimage was a well known pre-Islamic event.

                        Running between Safa and Marva has been "pardoned" by Allah and no sin is on those who do it. Note the way it was 'allowed' and not demanded by the Lord.

                        There is absolutely no mention in the Qur'an of the old paganistic ritual of throwing pebbles at some stone structures.. the ritual reeks of paganism and jahilliyat of the days when sticks, stones and trees were venerated and used in acts of worship.

                        There you see, deriving a ritual from folklore... if the Hajj was established by Prophet Muhammad for Allah Alone, then how come rituals in it commemorate supposed acts of earlier prophets? Where is the account of Abraham throwing pebbles.. probably in hadith books and therefore possibly in stories of Jewish origin.
                        I know, I know just cuz majority does it doesn't make it right. Well aware of that; thats y i'm asking. : )

                        pilgrimage pre-Islamic event? really? to where? the wall or the mosque before Qibla?

                        Ok, so how come this act of throwing stones wasn't pardoned if act of running between safa and marwa was by (forgot her name). If its jahiliyat then how come its not stopped by the people who strongly believe it has nothing to do with religion rather its bid'a. I mean with laws enforced in Arabia surely they can do something no?

                        Wait, are you telling the whole story of Abraham and Ishmael stoning the devil at three places was a folklore? I suppose, the rituals are commemorate the earlier Prophets to show due credit cuz in that lies Allah's blessings doing as what the Prophets did and we learn from the mistakes and they're way of life (sunnah?) Islam was built on prior religions i.e. judaisim christianity...why would it not take prior acts into account instead of disregarding the whole teaching/lifestyle of it?
                        Rabul MashriqaiN wal MaghribaiN

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                          #13
                          PA whatever your views are about rajam, the crowd situation is really bad there. when we had fallen it was not one of those places but friday prayers at the mosque, while we were walking out, a large group, of i assume sudanese or nigerians just stormed in even though the guards told them to go away. th e entire walkway was clear but many ppl behind us who were also getting out since the mosque was full and the guards were leading the exdcess ppl out..this crowd that entered did nto care, pushed, bumped and forced their way through the crowd being led out, and before you know it..ppl were falling..no deaths but some ppl were carried away.
                          The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist. And like that... he is gone.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by CocoNut:
                            pilgrimage pre-Islamic event? really? to where? the wall or the mosque before Qibla?
                            Yes.. it was a gathering around the Ka'aba, which then housed the may idols which the pagans of the time worshipped, complete with animal sacrifices, the running and stoning and all.

                            Ok, so how come this act of throwing stones wasn't pardoned if act of running between safa and marwa was by (forgot her name).
                            We know as much as the Qur'an tells us. Allah mentions the running and let's people know there is no sin on those who keep doing it. Nothing of the sort came for the practice of stoning.

                            Wait, are you telling the whole story of Abraham and Ishmael stoning the devil at three places was a folklore?
                            I didn't hear of it in the Qur'an, so I will file it under a dubious historical account wherever it's mentioned.

                            I suppose, the rituals are commemorate the earlier Prophets to show due credit cuz in that lies Allah's blessings doing as what the Prophets did and we learn from the mistakes and they're way of life (sunnah?) Islam was built on prior religions i.e. judaisim christianity...why would it not take prior acts into account instead of disregarding the whole teaching/lifestyle of it?
                            You know yourself that's not the case. The 'rituals' we are talking about were pagan rituals. Allah sent the Qur'an to an 'ummi' nation, the ones who did not have any scripture before.. so how could they be practicing any prophet's sunnah?
                            JaddoN kaddya jaloos ghareeba tay shehr ich choatalee lug gayee

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                              #15
                              inna lillahae wa inna ilaihae rajayoon

                              thats really sad



                              can't the saudi govt do something abt this....? coz it happens every yr

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