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Re: [Embracing Islam] 640 Shiite Pilgrims Killed in Bridge Stampede in Iraq

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  • Abdeen
    Thought provoking:- 22:45 - How many populations have We destroyed which were given to wrong-doing! They tumbled down on their roofs. And how many
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      Thought provoking:-

      22:45 -             How many populations have We destroyed which were given to wrong-doing! They tumbled down on their roofs.  And how many wells are lying idle and neglected and castles lofty and well-built! 2823 28


      29:40 -             Each one of them We seized for his crime: of them against some We sent a violent tornado (with showers of stones); some were caught by a (mighty) Blast; some We caused the earth to swallow up; and some We drowned (in the waters): it was not Allah Who injured (or oppressed) them: they injured (and oppressed) their own souls.


      2:251 - By Allah's will they routed them: and David slew Goliath; and Allah gave him power and wisdom and taught him whatever (else) He willed.  And did not Allah check one set of people by means of another the earth would indeed be full of mischief but Allah is full of bounty to all the worlds.

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      640 Killed in Bridge Stampede in Iraq


      (Comments in RED are Mine)

      BAGHDAD, Iraq - At least 640 Shiite pilgrims were killed Wednesday when a railing on a bridge collapsed during a religious procession, sending scores into the Tigris River, Iraqi Deputy Interior Minister Hussein Ali Kamal said.

      There was confusion over what caused the railing to collapse on the bridge to the city's heavily Shiite Kazamiyah district, but police also said there were unconfirmed reports that the stampede may have been caused when someone in the crowd shouted there was a suicide bomber among them. After the collapse, thousands of people rushed to both banks of the river to search for survivors. Hundreds of men stripped down and waded into the muddy water downstream from the bridge, trying to extract bodies floating in the water.

      A medical worker told Associated Press Television News that he rushed in to help those hurt in the attack. "We saw the dead scattered on the ground and the injured were taken to al-Kadimiyah hospital for treatment. There are more injured children than the men and women," the medical worker said.

      Television reports said about one million pilgrims from Baghdad and outlying provinces had gathered near the Imam Mousa al-Kadim shrine in the capital's Kazimiyah district for the annual commemoration of the Shiite saint's death.

      Earlier Wednesday insurgents attacked an annual pilgrimage by Shiite Muslims in northern Baghdad, killing three people and wounding dozens in a mortar attack. The town of Qaim near the Syrian border was reported to be deserted and quiet after a day of clashes between rival tribes and air strikes by U.S. jets. The rocket and mortar attack in Baghdad occurred a s hundreds of thousands of people gathered at the Imam Mousa al-Kadim shrine in the capital's Kazimiyah district for the annual commemoration the death of the Shiite saint. Four mortar rounds slammed into the crowd, killing three and wounding at least 35, police Maj. Falah Al-Mohammdawi said. A military statement said U.S. Apache helicopters fired on the attackers after observing the rocket launches.

      In Saadoun Street, a large tent was erected where volunteers distributed water, juices and food to the those arriving from outside the capital.

      Comments – Mine

      It seems the suffering of the Iraqi people will never end. For the last 25 years or so they have under gone many wars, invasions, massacres etc. This is a country rich in natural resources. But everything seems to be going to waste. It is really heartbreaking to see these Iraqis suffer so much.

      This particular incident brings up a religious question. According to my understanding of Islam the Prophet (saws) has told us that we Muslims are to go on pilgrimage to only 3 holy sites. The Masjidul Haram in Makkah, Masjidula Nabavi in Madinah & Masjidul Aqsa in Jerusalem.

      In that context how does the pilgrimage the victims of the above incident had undertaken fit into the teachings of the Prophet (saws).




      "For to us will be their return; then it will be for us to call them to account." (Holy Quran 88:25-26)


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