12 Sep 2015
Makkah :107 Martyred and 238 Injured as Crane Crashes onto Converging Hajj Pilgrims.
As many as 107 Hajj pilgrims embraced martyrdom and 238 sustained injuries as a construction crane fell down in Masjid-e-Haram where a large number of muslims from different parts of the world had converged.
The accident occurred as Makkah witnessed medium to heavy rains and lightning ,the stormy weather and heavy winds caused a crane to get uprooted on fall down .
A statement by a spokesman for the administration of the mosques in Makkah and Madina said the crane smashed into the part of the Grand Mosque where worshippers circumambulate the Kaaba and where pilgrims walk between Mount Safa and Marwa.
Gory images of the bodies strewn across in the Grand-mosque kept doing rounds in social media. The incident comes just a fortnight before the Hajj event.
According to Pakistan's Counsel General as many as 22 Pakistanis sustained slight injuries and the identities of some of them are being shared on state television and local private media.
Iran's official news agency IRNA ,mentioned that 15 Iranian pilgrims also sustained injuries.
World leaders kept pouring in with a flurry of condolence messages as the event marks a grand annual congregation for muslims from all parts of the world and has a special religious as well as socio-political significance for over centuries and historically is considered an event to forge unity among muslim masses and means of mass-propagation of Islamic ideals and thoughts.
Nearly 2 million muslims participated in Hajj congregation last year and as many as 0.8 million have reached this year as yet according to modest estimates .
Meanwhile Yemen whose pilgrims had not been allowed due to tension between the two countries ,registered a strong protest in yemen's local masajid after friday prayers .
The attrocities on innocent yemenis by the Saudi led coalition forces who has been bombarding the different areas on daily basis for last six months or so have resulted in thousands of martyrs in Yemen and rendered multitudes of them homeless .
This year's Hajj is expected to have a special significance due to a large number of political and social crises in almost all the major muslim countries including in Egypt ,Yemen ,Palestine,Kashmir ,Bahrain ,Syria and KSA .
Imam-e-Raahil Imam Khomeini RA said ,
"Only one [truly] Abrahamac Hajj is enough to do away with all the worries of the Muslim world."