Two Million Muslims Prepare To Stone Devil At Haj

From Reuters:

MUZDALIFA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – Some two million Muslims headed to Muzdalifa on Thursday after spending the day at the plain of Arafat to prepare to cast stones at the devil in the most dangerous part of the annual haj pilgrimage.

Bright weather greeted the pilgrims after heavy rain hit the nearby city of Jeddah, gateway to Mecca, on Wednesday. Some 77 people were killed, none of them pilgrims, most of whom were swept away by currents and drowned, state television said.

At Muzdalifa, the pilgrims will collect pebbles to throw at walls at the Jamarat Bridge on three occasions over the next three days in an act that symbolizes the rejection of the devil’s temptations.

The bridge has been the scene of a number of deadly stampedes — 362 people were crushed to death there in 2006 in the worst haj tragedy since 1990…

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  • tonyviner

    At least they showered.

  • thepuppettheatre

    Crazy religious people trampling each other to death… I guess I don't see the problem. At least while they're out there doing that they aren't able to actively kill any infidels or suppress the rights of everyone who isn't a male Muslim.

    I say, it's a win for all mankind.

  • Anonymous

    At least they’re going after the big guy and not 250,000 harmless animals like the Hindus http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/24/hindu-sacrifice-gadhimai-festival-nepal

  • http://twitter.com/Dumbsaint Dumbsaint

    At least they're going after the big guy and not 250,000 harmless animals like the Hindus http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/24/hin