Monday, November 30, 2009
The Haj Story - Invited Deaths
After the last stoning of Jamrah, the Indonesian female group quickly proceed back to their tents in Mina. Excited to go back to Mecca, getting shopping done before the last tawaf around Ka'abah, to bring souvenirs back to their homeland.
As the public washrooms' many queues were very, very long, these 5 female jema'ahs decided to clean and bath themselves together in the '1 person per entry' washroom.
The moment the last person closed the door, a loud thundering crash was heard - They fell deep down into a very long trench dug to collect human wastage and used-water flow.
Instant death was anticipated. The corpses were covered debris, feaces and dirts.
It was announced that no South-East-Asian jema'ah is to perform the stoning in the day. No way we can rough ourselves in the sea of Turkish and African jema'ah - but 1 of our men did just that - the 2nd time - for his aging parent, who performed the Haj together with him.
This 2nd time around he wasn't so lucky - He was pushing his way and being pushed by others.
He fell and was unable to immediately stand-up. To worsen matter, there was sandstorm, everybody was requested to stay indoor - Even the officers-on-duty went to the Jamrah sites 2 hours after the report was made that he did the stoning during the danger hour.
Alhamdulillah, this year's stoning all went well unlike the yearly hundreds death due to unruly stampede.
But the 100+ deaths Jeddah flash-flood really took everybody by surprise.