Makkah Stampede: What is Hajj and why do people go on the Pilgrimage?
Hajj is one of the religious obligation offered by the Muslims from all over the world. They visits Makkah and Madinah situated in Saud Arabia. It is mandatory for those Muslims who can afford the expenses and are physically fit to perform all the rituals.
In last year there have been incidents during Hajj and people and have been killed. In 2015 at least 717 people during the Hajj pilgrimage have been killed in a stampede near the Islamic holy city of Makkah. According to the officials in Saudi Arabia another 863 people were also injured during the Hajj.
The incident happened at a holy site called as Mina, where approximately two million people go to throw stones at pillars representing the devil. Due to large number of crowd these kind of incidents happen and in past similar tragedies have happened at the Hajj.
What is Hajj?
Millions of Muslims around the globe visits Makkah and Madinah situated in Saudi Arabia to complete the Hajj pilgrimage. It is referred as the fifth and final pillar of Islam and occurs in the 12th month named as Dhul Hijjah according to the Islamic calendar. People go to perform Hajj with Hajj Packages in order to seek blessings of Allah Almighty and forgiveness of the sins and sinful deeds they have committed in their life until now. It is an opportunity for Muslims to get forgiveness and be clean as a new born baby.
Why do so many people go?
It is a spiritual pilgrimage that every adult Muslim from all over the world must perform at least once in their lives, if they are capable to bear it expenses and are physically able to perform it. The journey is termed as central to the faith.
What is the stoning of the devil?
It is one of the ritual included in the Hajj Pilgrimage. Pilgrims travel to a place named as Mina, a large valley located at about 5km from the city of Makkah, where pilgrims throw 49 stones in a duration of three days at three pillars known as Jamarat, which is a representation of the devil. In Muzdalifah, there are more than 160,000 tents where pilgrims spend their night before the stoning event.
Why have so many people been killed before?
There have been numerous incidents at Hajj in the past years, but some of the stampede are considered the deadliest in years. It seem accidents happen because of the sheer amount of people are present on the same place and due to overcrowded situation accidents happens.
What happens next?
The Saudi Arabian authorities have spent billions of dollars on improving the transport and other infrastructure facilities in the area in an attempt to try to prevent the accidents in order to control the death values along with the injuries.
Isn't it all older people who go?
No, it is not completely true Young also go to perform Hajj but more ratio is of elder or old people is like thousands of British nationals travel to the Saudi Arabia to perform pilgrimage after saving the amount of £4,000-£5,000 so it is referred as once in a lifetime trip.
After the performance of Rituals on 10th of Dhul Hijjah Eid al-Adha, which is as also called as the Feast of the Sacrifice as it recalls the Hazrat Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail on the order of Allah Almighty.
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