September 11, 2016
Coincidentally, the 15 year anniversary of 911 this year falls on the date of one of the most important holidays in Islam.
I’m sure it’s a double celebration.
Sickening sand people.
The most important day in the annual five-day Hajj was celebrated by the nearly 2 million Muslims who have converged on some of Islam’s most revered sites in Saudi Arabia.
Worshippers gathered from sunrise Sunday on a stony hill and a vast surrounding plain known as Mount Arafat, about 15 kilometers from Mecca.
The faithful recited ritual incantations, prayed and read from the Quran on the first day of the Hajj. Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad gave his last sermon at the site.
Iran is boycotting this year’s Hajj, citing Saudi “incompetence” and a poor response by health and safety officials. Masses of Iranian Shi’ites have instead converged on the holy Iraqi city of Karbala for an alternative pilgrimage.
During last year’s pilgrimage, several hundred Iranians were among at least 2,000 crushed to death in a stampede in the city of Mecca.