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When Islam Collides With Itself

Updated on October 14, 2015

In late September, 2015, some might say an odd omen or miracle occurred at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Others might call it a tragedy or a sign from God, but 700 people were killed, among them were 131 Iranians.

The incredible stupidity of millions traveling long hours and days to Mecca to pay tribute to the House of God in the hot sun, wailing, or other Islamic practices, was just magnified when a human stampede happened during the pilgrimage. The stampede was a combination of human errors that was just waiting to happen. The worshippers did not pay attention to the instructions of the police there monitoring, some 100,000 of them! The worshippers turned frenzy, like sharks lusting after bait, just acted like religious zombies. There were over two million of them.

Two very large groups of them began to stampede like bulls from different directions into the same intersection of two streets. The police lining these streets failed to provide adequate directions that simply added confusion. Apparently, they knew little about buses for the hordes of worshippers. The hundreds of thousands moved along a set route that all follow to perform their rituals. Many there stated that this “Hajj” was poorly planned and there were many long delays because of no trains or buses were allowed near the site. Thousands were forced to walk from the train station to Mina, which was a huge tent city of believers on the outskirts of Mecca.

All in all, it proved to be the deadliest Hajj in 25 years. Such a waste of life for such a dubious religion. But, the religion does state that many virgins await those who died, so, I guess that is the positive aspect!

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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      3 years ago

      Thanks, I agree. SUch a stupid thing to happen!

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      Alan 

      3 years ago from San Diego

      Your use of imagery made me chuckle a bit; but yeah, this wasn't a laughing matter at all

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      Andrew Petrou 

      3 years ago from Brisbane

      Similar things have happened at soccer matches in the west as well as collapsing grandstands etc. Road tolls as well in developed countries are much higher every year.

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