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  • ummyakoub
    Muslims asked to crush terror: Two million faithful perform Haj ... PLAIN OF ARAFAT, Jan 31: Saudi Arabia s grand Mufti said terror and violence must be
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      Muslims asked to crush terror: Two million faithful perform Haj
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      PLAIN OF ARAFAT, Jan 31: Saudi Arabia's grand Mufti said terror
      and violence must be mercilessly crushed and urged women to be
      modest and adhere to Islam's values in a special Haj sermon on
      Saturday.

      "Islam has forbidden violence in all its forms; it has forbidden
      hijacking aeroplanes, ships and other means of transport and has
      forbidden all acts that would undermine security," said Sheikh
      Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh at Namirah mosque on the Plain of Arafat, the
      site of Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) last sermon 14 centuries
      ago.....(AFP/Reuters)

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top16.htm&date=20040201

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      Occupation of Palestine and Iraq condemned
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      MAKKAH, Feb 1: The imam of the Khana-i-Kaaba lashed out at Israel,
      condemned the "occupiers in Iraq" and called for Muslims to unite
      against those who want to oppress them in Eid-ul-Adha sermon on
      Sunday.

      "In Palestine the Muslim suffers under oppression and Al-Aqsa
      mosque buckles under occupation ... how can we live peacefully
      while our holy lands where prophets have passed are being
      tarnished by a band of infidel Zionists?" said Sheikh Abdul Rahman
      bin Abdul Aziz al-Sudais.....(AFP)

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top18.htm&date=20040202

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      244 Haj pilgrims killed in Mina stampede:
      Tragedy during devil stoning
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      MINA, Feb 1: At least 244 Haj pilgrims were trampled to death and
      the same number injured in a stampede during a devil-stoning
      ritual here on Sunday.

      "There were 244 pilgrims who died in the incident in Jamarat and
      244 who were injured," Pilgrimage Affairs and Endowments Minister
      Iyad bin Amin Madani told reporters without giving a breakdown of
      nationalities......(Reuters/AFP)

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top6.htm&date=20040202

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      Assalamu aleikum wa rahmatuallah wa barakatuhu.

      Innaa lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raaji'uun.

      Contrary to the title of the BBC article below, not tragedy but
      VICTORY has been brought to many at the Hajj.

      In an authentic Hadith, Ibn Jurayj reports on the authority of
      Jaabir, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, peace and
      blessings be upon him, said (translation of the meaning):

      "This House of Allah (the Ka'bah) is the pillar of Islam; so
      whosoever heads for it with the intention of performing Hajj
      or 'Umrah is under Allah's Protection. If he should die (during this
      journey), he will be admitted to Paradise, and if he should return
      home safely, he will return with reward and gain."


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      Stampede brings tragedy to Hajj
      BBC
      Sunday, 1 February, 2004, 18:34 GMT
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3448779.stm

      The stoning of the pillars is the most dangerous part of the Hajj

      A stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia has killed 244
      people, says the minister in charge of the event, Iyad Madani.

      He said a similar number of pilgrims were injured during the
      stampede, which lasted 27 minutes.

      The disaster happened as pilgrims flocked to the Jamarat Bridge in
      Mina, near Mecca, to hurl stones at pillars representing the devil.

      Up to two million Muslims went to this year's event in and around
      Mecca.

      Despite the large number of deaths, the last important rite of the
      pilgrimage was continuing Sunday.

      Mr Madani said most of the victims were from inside Saudi Arabia and
      many had not been authorised to participate.

      In an effort to control the numbers at the Hajj, Saudi Arabia sets
      quotas for pilgrims from each country and requires its citizens to
      register.

      "There was more than 400 metres of people pushing in the same
      direction (which) resulted in the collapse of those next to the
      stoning area... and those behind. That led to panic," he said.

      Mr Madani, quoted by Reuters news agency, said some pilgrims
      were "not organised" and their personal belongings had caused
      obstructions.

      The stoning ritual is usually the most dangerous part of the Hajj -
      last year 14 pilgrims were crushed to death during it, and 35 died
      in a 2001 stampede.

      During the ritual, pilgrims throw stones at the pillars - called
      Jamarat al Aqaba, Jamarat al Wusta and Jamarat al Ula - before
      beginning the religious feast of Eid al-Adha, when animals are
      sacrificed.

      Click here to see where the stampede took place

      As rescuers went to the scene, security officials attempted to
      control the crowds to prevent further crushing.

      Physically exhausted after three days of rites, pilgrims surged
      forward to cast their stones.

      Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims crossed over and under the 15-
      metre (50-foot) bridge spanning a small valley between two cliffs at
      Mina.

      Pilgrims converged on the main pillar from all directions,
      shouting "God is greatest!" while others chanted "Harder! Harder!"
      as the faithful threw their stones, Reuters reported.

      Such was the size of the crowd that most pilgrims were unaware of
      what had happened, the BBC's Paul Simpson reports from Jeddah.

      "I assure you that all the preparations are always made, but we
      don't always know God's intentions. What happened will be
      evaluated," Mr Madani said.

      He said another 272 pilgrims had died of natural causes during the
      Hajj.

      All able-bodied Muslims are required to perform the Hajj at least
      once in their lifetime, if they can afford it.

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3448779.stm

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