717 People Killed During Hajj


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What began as a a yearly pilgrimage to worship Allah ended with 717 Muslims killed and 1,000 injured during the Hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on September 25.

Every year millions of people go to Mecca, Saudi Arabia for a pilgrimage to worship Allah (God) that they must do at least one time in their life if they have the money.

Many people are asking how did this tragic event occur. “This happened mainly because of pushing and shoving but also because while some people were going clockwise around while others were going counterclockwise,” stated CNN.

“The stampede occurred at the intersection of Street 204 and Street 223, when it is believed two waves of pilgrims travelling in different directions collided,”stated dailymail.com.

“Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has ordered an investigation into finding why procedures and protocols were not followed at the time of the stampede,”stated AlAraybia.net

The pilgrimage includes five days of travel, according to huffingtonpost.com. On Day one of the Hajj, pilgrims walk to Mina where they spend the night. On Day two, they climb nearby Mount Arafat, where Mohammed gave his final sermon. On Day three (today), pilgrims celebrate Eid al-Adha with the stoning of three pillars at Jamarat, which represents Satan. On Day four they return to Mecca for the final tawaf, which involves circling the Kaaba, at the centre of the Grand Mosque.