|The route to mina|
|Thousands make their way to stone satan|
About 717 people lost their lives and close to 900 were injured when a stampede occurred as pilgrims were walking towards Jamarat Bridge. Two weeks ago, another incident left 109 people dead had occurred when a crane collapsed at the Grand Central Mosque.
|Pilgrims approachiing Jamarat Bridge|
It is thought that the pilgrims were walking/travelling to a valley known as Mina situated about 2 miles from Mecca to throw seven stones at pillars known as Jamarat which is the place where satan is believed to have tempted Prophet Abraham. This ritual is known as stoning the devil.
Losing one's life during the hajj is considered by many faithfuls as a guaranteed entry to heaven. May their souls rest in peace. Such a tragedy.
|Survivors at the scene of the stampede|
|Rescue workers searching for survivors|
|Belonging and dead bodies piled together|
|Searching for Survivors|
|The dead who lost their lives in the stampede|
|Rescue Workers doing their best|
|Some survivors of the stampede|
|More survivors amongst the dead.....|
This is so sad and shocking.
Photo credit: Daily Mail