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January 12, 2006

Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajoon

...just because they wanted to throw a handful of stones... UPDATE: Death toll in Hajj stampede climbs to 362 Update: Death Toll Rises to 345 Stampede at Hajj in Mecca Kills 110 MECCA, Saudi Arabia - Thousands of Muslim pilgrims rushing to complete a symbolic stoning ritual on the last day of the hajj tripped over luggage Thursday, causing a crush. Medical officials said more than 110 people were killed and some 1,000 injured. The stampede occurred as tens of thousands of pilgrims headed toward al-Jamarat, a series of three pillars representing the devil that the faithful pelt with stones... Photo: REUTERS/Ali Jarekji


  1. "This is my first hajj and at first I was scared of the crowds," Umm Saad, a Saudi Arabian woman, told Reuters. "Then I let faith take over my fear, and everything was fine. It has been a good hajj." -

  2. Inna li lahi wa inna ilayhi raji'oon. It scares me to hear this as I would like to make Hajj one day, perhaps with my children inshaAllah, but the amount of people seems to increase each year, and I'm worried that by the time that I'm able to make Hajj, that it will be an overwhelming amount.

  3. Strive for Paradise. A small nook within its bliss is better than the whole world and all the riches within.

    -The Prophet Muhammad, as reported by Abu Hurairah
    Hadith translated by Aneela Khalid Arshed. Copyright 1999. All rights reserved. Used with permission of The Crossroad Publishing Company, New York.