2006 Hajj stampede

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2006 Hajj stampede
Date 12 January 2006 (2006-01-12)
Location Mina, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Coordinates 21°24′48″N 39°53′36″E / 21.41333°N 39.89333°E / 21.41333; 39.89333
Deaths 345+[1]
Non-fatal injuries 1000+[1]

The 2006 Hajj stampede resulted in the deaths of at least 364 pilgrims on 12 January 2006 during the Hajj in Mecca.[2]

Background[edit]

The Hajj is an annual pilgrimage in Mecca undertaken by able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime. It consists of a series of rites including the Stoning of the Devil (Arabic: رمي الجمراتramī aj-jamarāt, lit. "stoning of the jamarāt [place of pebbles][3][4] which takes place in Mina, a district of Mecca. The stoning ritual is the last major ritual and is often regarded as the most dangerous part of the Hajj, with stampedes occurring in the past.[5]

With a history of fatal stampedes at The Hajj – including a stampede which killed 244 in 2004[1] – authorities in Mecca had taken steps in the hopes of reducing chances of another stampede, including the issuing of a fatwa extending the permitted hours of the ritual.

Incident[edit]

Mina camp sites, 2011.

The stampede occurred when pilgrims fell over luggage that had been discarded in the rush to take part in the stoning.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mark Oliver. "Hundreds killed in hajj stampede". the Guardian. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Hajj stampede: At least 310 killed in Saudi Arabia". BBC News. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  3. ^ Burton, Richard Francis (1857). Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El Medinah and Meccah. p. 226. The word jamrah is applied to the place of stoning, as well as to the stones.
  4. ^ Abū Dāʼūd (1984). Sunan Abu Dawud: Chapters 519–1337. Sh. M. Ashraf. 1204. Jamrah originally means a pebble. It is applied to the heap of stones or a pillar.
  5. ^ "Satan stoned – most dangerous hajj rite". News24. 6 November 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Mecca crane collapse: Saudi king sanctions Binladin group". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Agence France-Presse. 15 September 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2015.