Iran's president uses UN speech to call for investigation into hajj stampede

The Guardian World news: Islam - 26 September, 2015 - 17:40

Hassan Rouhani demands review of what caused the crush that killed more than 750 after Saudi Arabia’s top cleric reportedly absolves officials of blame

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani used a major United Nations speech on Saturday to demand an investigation into a crush that killed more than 750 people at the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

His remarks came after Saudi Arabia’s most senior cleric, the grand mufti, appeared to absolve the authorities of blame for the stampede at Mecca.

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For a teen aspiring to be president, being Muslim is a hurdle in post-9/11 America

The Guardian World news: Islam - 26 September, 2015 - 12:00

17-year-old, straight-A student Aya Beydoun is not an implausible future occupant of the White House – if the US can only move past its Islamophobia

Aya Beydoun wants to be president of the United States. On paper, the 17-year-old already is not an implausible future occupant of the White House.

She’s an ambitious, articulate, near straight-A student, planning to use a college law degree as a stepping stone to politics. She already chairs her high school politics club.

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Hajj stampede: former Iranian diplomat thought to be among dead

The Guardian World news: Islam - 26 September, 2015 - 11:03

Former Iranian ambassador to Lebanon, Ghazanfar Roknabadi, is believed to have died in crush that killed 719 and injured hundreds more

A former Iranian ambassador to Lebanon is feared to have died in the stampede at the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia that killed more than 700 worshippers.

Ghazanfar Roknabadi, who worked as the country’s ambassador in Beirut until last year, has been declared missing and is believed to have been at the pilgrimage to Mecca, Iran’s state TV said.

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‘House Muslims’, whatever we call them, are a thing

Indigo Jo Blogs - 26 September, 2015 - 11:00

A word cloud consisting of words used in hate crimes reported to Tell MAMA; prominent ones include terrorism, beheading, rape, Rotherham, ISIS, scum, rape, UKIP and Paki. It also includes more common racial slurs, swear words, terrorism references, and misspellings of all of the above.The other day Tell MAMA, which monitors hate crimes against Muslims, published an anonymous article claiming that certain unnamed “moral guardians of the Internet”, mainly aged between 20 and 35 “who spend their time on Twitter railing against prejudice and Islamophobia” and “shout Islamophobia at the slightest drop of a hat”, are in the habit of calling Muslims they disagree with on matters like extremism or Prevent “house Muslims”, “equivalent to the House Slaves who kept the machinery of oppression through slavery going” and “who ensured that the South’s policy of slavery continued on longer since they had sold their labour just to receive some basic privileges”. They continue:

Why are these statements problematic? They are problematic since those making them leave themselves open to the charge that they have no moral mandate in countering intolerance and prejudice, when they themselves are promoting a form of bigotry. They have no mandate since tackling racism and prejudice, speaks to power. These individuals do not speak to power, they simply re-enforce a mob-like mentality that bays, taunts and attempts to humiliate the individual, thereby re-enforcing power structures. This statement is also problematic, since it shows the hypocrisy in some who claim to be part of the anti-racist movement and who are nothing but charlatans and snake-skin salespeople playing to a mob mentality. Underneath the facade, they have slightly more in common with the plantation owner who sought to keep his slaves subjugated and controlled; boxed off and easy to understand. Well, we will have no part of it.

Anyone who uses the term ‘House Muslim’ should be regarded as being akin in his/her views to those who promote the false narrative that Muslims cannot be trusted and that they are secret Sharia or taqiyya peddlers. Both narratives are toxic and we simply should reject both with all of our energies.

My experience of monitoring the coverage of Muslims in the British media for over ten years is that whatever we want to call them, “house Muslims” are a reality, they are popular with the media and appear frequently, and they fall into a number of categories. Among them are members of sects that look a bit like Islam but are not (e.g. Ismailism, Qadianism, Quran-aloneism), telling the media that they are the true Muslims and that everyone else is doing Islam wrong. Others include sectarians who accuse their rivals of being extremists or terrorists in interviews with the mainstream media (Brelvis and some so-called Sufis being the most common offenders of this type). There are also some individuals who want to build a name or career for themselves, either within the community or in the media.

Someone does not become a “house Muslim” by dissenting from popular Muslim opinion. They do so by speaking to the media about Muslims or Islam in a way which is treacherous, which confirms others’ prejudices, which undermines campaigns for Muslims’ civil or religious rights (for example, by claiming that Muslim civil rights organisations are fronts for Hamas), which makes broad and unsubstantiated claims about terrorism or support for terrorism, support for specific groups, extremism or extremist attitudes, attitudes to women, attitudes to non-Muslims, FGM or forced marriages, and a variety of other issues. Any time there is a public controversy about Muslim practice or behaviour, or a scandal involving people of Muslim background, the media seeks the views of these people despite them often having no standing in the community whatsoever. For example, after the convictions of various groups of men of Muslim heritage for grooming and raping young girls, the BBC mid-day presenter Jeremy Vine hosted a debate between a man from the NSPCC and Taj Hargey, who was presented as offering an insider’s perspective (which he is not), told Vine what he wanted to hear, i.e. that Muslim attitudes were to blame and it was all the imams’ fault. (A week later, Hargey also claimed on the same show that the murderers of Lee Rigby got their ideas from “the mullahs”, an entirely false and baseless claim.) One also recalls Yasmin Alibhai-Brown screeching over Omar Ali of FOSIS during a Newsnight feature on the separation of men and women at Islamic events two years ago, telling Muslims to start their own universities rather than imposing their “Saudi Arabian practices” on anyone else.

Those are two of the more extreme examples — some actual Muslims have been known to make damaging statements to the media whenever extremism is under discussion, blaming “Wahhabis”, Saudi influence, “radical ideology”, a “them and us attitude”, anything but racism, Islamophobia, official harassment, media demonisation, and a host of other real challenges that Muslims and particularly young Muslims face in western societies. This is what the media, of left and right, want to hear because they are part of the establishment and run by a class of journalists who are mostly white, mostly middle-class, often products of private schools (when challenged on Twitter about this in the case of the Observer, Nick Cohen responded that it was in fact a “grammar school paper”!), and their main target audience is much the same, only with a wider class selection. The only Muslims they really want to hear from are the most westernised.

To call someone a “house nigger”, particularly if you are not Black and the person you are referring to is, is unacceptable because it contains a racial slur, but the phenomenon of a member of a minority speaking or acting treacherously about their own people in order to gain fame or leadership for themselves, or for other reasons, is well-known through the ages and not just among Muslims. Tell MAMA argue that the unnamed individuals they criticise “have no mandate since tackling racism and prejudice, speaks to power”, but when these people “speak to power”, they do so in a way that reinforces prejudice and suspicion about ordinary Muslims. It is they who “reinforce power structures” because they do not challenge dominant narratives; they enforce white power and keep Muslims powerless. In most ways, they are worse than the “house slaves” of the 19th century and before, since they were only trying to better their lives at a time when freedom was not on offer to them. They did not do it to make money or become famous on the backs of poorer or less powerful people of their own kind.

The situation we live in today is not slavery, and neither is it Apartheid or racial segregation. But we live in a continent which has perpetrated two genocides against religious minorities within living memory, a continent which in places is turning in on itself, reasserting itself as a white secular or Christian society and telling others that they have to get like the white majority or get out, banning religious dress, religious slaughter and circumcision, interfering in marriages, denying citizenship on the grounds of religious views, prosecuting people for offending popular sensibilities. One only has to look at the debate over allowing Syrian refugees to enter Europe to see that hatred of Islam and Muslims is never far from the surface. In this context, Muslim public speakers have a duty not to expose their communities to hostility or hatred by making rash claims or exposing more of their community’s problems than is necessary; if they do, then they can expect to be condemned for it, all the more so when they are doing it for personal gain. Call them what you will, but untrustworthy and disloyal, or just self-seeking, Muslim public figures running their mouths off to the media with half-true or irrelevant tittle-tattle about Muslims are a fact, and they feed public hostility, including the hate crimes Tell MAMA monitor. We’ll stop talking about them when they stop talking about us.

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Student union blocks speech by 'inflammatory' anti-sharia activist

The Guardian World news: Islam - 26 September, 2015 - 08:00

Warwick University union says Maryam Namazie could incite hatred on campus if allowed to take up secularist society invitation

A human rights campaigner has been barred from speaking at Warwick University after organisers were told she was “highly inflammatory and could incite hatred”.

Maryam Namazie, an Iranian-born campaigner against religious laws, had been invited to speak to the Warwick Atheists, Secularists and Humanists Society next month. But the student union blocked the event, telling the society that Namazie’s appearance could violate its external speaker policy.

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Book Review: International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies

Muslim Matters - 26 September, 2015 - 07:33

By Dr Azher Siddiqui


Title:               International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies

Author:           Sameen Ahmed Khan (Dhofar University, Salalah, Sultanate of Oman)

Publisher:        LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany

Details:            96 pages (30 July 2015).         Price: 49.90 €.

Reviewer:       Dr. Azher Majid Siddiqui, Department of Physics, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 110025, India.


In December 2013, the United Nations designated 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL).  A number of major scientific anniversaries are being celebrated in 2015, starting with the encyclopedic works on optics by the Islamic scholar Ibn al-Haytham in 1015.

The author, Dr. Sameen Khan, has been following the IYL since its conception in Italy, in 2011.  Dr. Khan is a Member of the prestigious Working Group, “Ibn Al Haytham” set-up by the 'International Steering Committee' of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies.  The book under study is the first book on this topic.

The book traces the history of optics from the early Egyptian and Greek civilizations to the present.  Then lucidly describes how the ancient knowledge of optics reached the Arab lands in the eighth century.  The Medieval Arabs preserved the then known sciences (astronomy, chemistry, medicine, mathematics, optics, etc.) through the process of translation accompanied with original contributions of the highest calibre.

Over half the book is dedicated to the Medieval Arab achievements in optics, during the Islamic Golden Age (eighth to the thirteenth centuries).  Ancient science and philosophy preserved in the Greek, Sanskrit, Pahlavi and Syriac languages would have been lost forever had the scholars centred around Baghdad during the 8th-12th centuries not translated them into Arabic.  Later on the knowledge preserved in Arabic was translated into Latin and other European languages.  This paved the way for the European Renaissance.

Contributions of the contemporary science historians such as Abdelhamid Ibrahim Sabra and Roshdi Hifni Rashed are described in detail.  They examined and translated the Arabic manuscripts from antiquity (lying in the museums) into French and English and thus shedding new light on the Arab contributions to sciences and optics in particular.  A detailed account of these developments is presented.  The book has an appendix outlining the history of modern optics from the 13th century to current times.  The very current developments are covered such as the ones leading to the optics related 2014 Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry.   The 2015 King Faisal International Prize, which is also related to optics by a remarkable coincidence is also addressed.  20th century was marked with the remarkable development of Accelerator-based Light Sources.  These developments are described and the author persuasively presents the need for an International Year of Particle Accelerators and Accelerator-based Technologies (IYPA).

The author states, “It is high time to recognize the Medieval Islamic Achievements in Optics and other sciences and give due credit, which they rightly deserve.  There have been numerous conferences on Arab Contributions to Science.  But this era of golden history is yet to find a mentionable place in school textbooks.”  The author further urges, “It is time for the Arab and Islamic countries to reflect on the decline of science in their nations and look forward to turning a new leaf.  It is time for them to come up with realizable schemes to revive the tradition of learning and enquiry as enshrined in Islam.  Such a revival will not be possible without the generous funding and the government patronage.  It is time to build international science centres in the Arab and Muslim countries, possibly modeled after the international European institutions.”  As of August 2015, we have 93 National Nodes which are organising local campaigns, activities and events.  What about the remaining hundred-odd countries?

The book could have included the “Medieval Islamic Achievements in Optics” in its title or subtitle.  The book has 172 references, many of which belong to the author!  This is not surprising since the author has been working in optics for twenty-five years and has extensively published on different aspects.  The book has concisely covered the very ancient to the contemporary and has even attempted future insights.  The book shall be very useful to one and all: popular science readers, historians, students, teachers, researchers, and mostly importantly the policymakers.



Sameen Ahmed Khan, International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany (30 July 2015).   ISBN-13: 978-3-659-76482-0 and ISBN-10: 3659764825

Sameen Ahmed Khan, 2015 declared the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, Current Science, 106 (4), 501 (25 February 2014).  (Fortnightly Publication of the Indian Academy of Sciences),

Sameen Ahmed Khan, Medieval Islamic Achievements in Optics, Il Nuovo Saggiatore, 31 (1-2), pp. 36-45 (January-February 2015).  (Publication of SIF: Società Italiana di Fisica, the Italian Physical Society).

Alleged Islamic extremist accused of destroying Timbuktu monuments sent to Hague

The Guardian World news: Islam - 26 September, 2015 - 07:12

International Criminal Court takes custody of its first suspect for the war crime of destroying historic monuments during unrest in 2012 in Mali

An alleged Islamic extremist charged with involvement in the destruction of religious buildings in the historic city of Timbuktu in Mali in 2012 has been arrested and was sent to the International Criminal Court early on Saturday.

Ahmad Al Mahdi Al Faqi, known as Abu Tourab, is the first suspect in the court’s custody charged with the war crime of destroying religious or historical monuments.

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School questioned Muslim pupil about Isis after discussion on eco-activism

Loon Watch - 25 September, 2015 - 21:58

The incident gives an insight into how schools and teachers are dealing with the pressures of the government’s new anti-extremism initiatives

The incident at Central Foundation school gives an insight into how schools and teachers are dealing with the pressures of the government’s new anti-extremism initiatives Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

By Vikram Dodd, The Guardian

Parents of 14-year-old at north London’s Central Foundation school take legal action after he was left ‘scared and nervous’ by experience

A Muslim schoolboy was questioned about Islamic State after a classroom discussion about environmental activism, the Guardian has learned.

The parents of the 14-year-old are taking legal action after the boy said he was left “scared and nervous” by his experience with school officials in north London, and was left reluctant to join in class discussions for fear of being suspected of extremism.

The incident gives an insight into how schools and teachers are dealing with the pressures of the government’s new anti-extremism initiatives amid mounting concern about British youngsters being lured by Isis propaganda.

According to court documents, the boy was in a French class at the Central Foundation school in May 2015 and took part in a discussion, conducted mostly in French, about the environment. The teacher and pupils were said to have discussed those who use violence to protect the planet.

The teenager mentioned that some people use the term “ecoterrorist” to describe those who take action such as spiking trees with nails to prevent chainsaws from chopping them down.

A few days later he was pulled out of class and taken to an “inclusion centre” elsewhere in the school. During this meeting the schoolboy said one adult sat behind him, and another in front of him, whom he had not seen before. That person was a child protection officer, the Guardian has learned, who had been called in to establish if concerns about terrorism were legitimate.

The boy who wishes not to be named, told the Guardian: “I didn’t know what was going on. They said there had been safety concerns raised. If you are taken out of French class and asked about Isis, it is quite scary. My heart skipped a beat.”

He said he was baffled how mentioning the phrases “L’ecoterrorisme”, which he had learned from an earlier session of the school debating society, led to him being asked whether he supported Isis.

The boy and his parents say he was asked if he was “affiliated” with Isis. The school said he was asked if he had heard of the terrorist group, according to legal papers filed by his mother. The boy’s mother said her son came home from school “visibly distressed”.

The school said it was protecting the “welfare of the child in line with statutory and non-statutory guidance including the ’prevent duty’”, the government initiative that aims to stop people turning to extremism and terrorist violence, according to the legal documents.

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Death of a Hajj

altmuslim - 25 September, 2015 - 21:38
By Ali Asadullah Editor’s Note: This op-ed is part of our Hajj 2015 series. Tragedy striking during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca is not a new phenomenon. As news reports continue to trickle in about the 2015 stampede that claimed some 717 souls, one immediately recalls previous incidents where stampedes, fires and other causes [Read More...]

Religion is like sex – it can seem absurd, but it works | Jonathan Freedland

The Guardian World news: Islam - 25 September, 2015 - 19:55
Pope Francis’s US visit illustrates one of the themes of our era: the strange persistence of ancient faiths

I blame the Book of Mormon. Not the actual book, but the show. A couple of hours in the theatre with Elder Price, Elder Cunningham and the gang and it’s hard to take any kind of religious ritual seriously. Not after you’ve spent an evening giggling at the poor saps idiotic enough to venerate nothing more than a book.

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Iran blames Saudi leaders for hajj disaster as investigation begins

The Guardian World news: Islam - 25 September, 2015 - 18:00

Thousands of Shia worshippers emerge from Friday prayers in Tehran chanting anti-Saudi slogans as questions grow about Riyadh’s competence

Reverberations from the hajj disaster that killed at least 717 pilgrims in Mecca were felt across the Middle East and beyond as Iran blamed its rival Saudi Arabia for fatally mis-managing the most important event in the Muslim calendar.

Pilgrims from Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan, Senegal and Mali were reported to be among the dead and an estimated 850 who were injured during the symbolic stoning of the devil at Mina on Thursday. It was the worst tragedy during the hajj in 25 years and the second deadly accident affecting Mecca this month, after a crane collapse in the holy city killed more than 100.

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Pupils as Improve Substances during a Burning off Baltimore

Islamicate - 25 September, 2015 - 14:13

One can find pictures. Light brown males stand on the hood of the spoiled police officers vehicle. A female facial looks a brand of armored officials, her hands placed large, palms subjected. Fire adhere to a vehicle being a individual saunters across the street. There can be seems way too. The mincing of tires, spitting gravel as law enforcement cars and trucks hurry throughout the destination additionally, the blare of sirens. The smack from a bat hammers even if window. The mass media of many people nurtures unique noises, the rise and fall down of breath, the rustle of garment, and many types of all those foot, scurrying, functioning, walking, stomping. essay market

Final new season a riot (as well as uprising) swept with Baltimore State, sparked by way of the picture of Freddie Gray’s arrest. Baltimorean youngsters, the kids who roared in a very blaze within the roads, are blamed as it. People fault the socioeconomic situations, bred and developed in a hegemonic bright patriarchy. You will find who repeat the residents of Baltimore tend to be at mistake since they absence ethical fortitude. Serious amounts of the scholarship of historians will forge an impression on your source that set town alight. I imagine that in years to come, the protests sprouting up throughout our place are going to be advised in a very totally different narrative, much likewise that protests for the Civil Proper rights Exercise emerged from accounts of receptive rebellion claimed by media back then. Now, flick the document in virtually any common university textbook about civil rights “riots” and also the tale is focused on troubled individuals wanting justice.

All five a long time later, as some other college 12 months begins, the government troops have dispersed, even so the circumstance is still greatly with our enrollees. The scholars laughing inside your hallways stroll through the used up complexes on his or her means to university. It’s probably they are aware of peers who participated. Some could have recognized Freddie Grey, or his new mother, or his nephew. As teachers at South west Baltimore Charter Classes who treasure our students’ psychological health as well as their mental success, this is actually internet of circumstances we should untangle.

While confusing, the circumstances that erupted of our own metropolis past new season are an opportunity to deepen our students’ learning. When my company sat depressed to have a story component towards the fifth standard enrollees of Southwest Baltimore Charter Classroom, we made a decision promptly that many of us would look at the Civil Legal rights period of time using the zoom lens belonging to the youngsters who marched and protested at dinner counters, who rode vehicles over the evening. Continually, we asked yourself no matter if this topic area would struggle our young people to turn into alter substances in the world.

Could we allow it to be relevant and new sufficient to enthuse our students? What kind of shift could people make? But keeping in mind all of the moments of kids operating, shouting, blood loss, and wrecking in the own home of Baltimore, the connect of the analyze bobbed for the surface of the What happens if we given the photos of youngsters in the avenues through the 1960s beside the pics of millennial kids shouting with the roads?

The pictures as well as situations that resulted in options are not precisely the same. However their similarities existing a chance for thoroughly taking a look at systems, systems and types of alter. Students’ curiosity about the circumstances that transpired in this region is show. Joining it towards the question of analyze with the trimester, we not only maximize scholar engagement, we have the Civil Proper rights movements a pertinent and immediate a few talk.

The similarities between the illustrations jumpstarts an enlightening conversation on how energy is achieved and utilised by common inhabitants. We’ll present the celebrations that led around the Civil Privileges activity and enable our learners to consider whether or not the procedures of your exercise happened to be profitable in swapping Us citizen modern society. The similarities may also be hard, rearing the amount of rigor within the class room: Sameness in imagery fails to equate to sameness in framework. Are the cause of the riot/uprising in Baltimore much like what created the political fervor through the streets on the 1960s? Whenever the Civil Rights Function of 1964 banned discrimination in the united states, was the explosion in Baltimore continue spring warranted? As our university students sift through the history, having acquaintances within the gatherings of the past and what happened inside your family home final planting season, the educational will deepen together with the stakes will rise.

If we endure the people working in the Civil Legal rights Motion as providers of adjustment and we also help our trainees to check if the customers working in the riots (or uprising) are also substances of switch, we inspire them. Especially if they ended up being involved or a particular person they was aware was engaged, ended up they solutions of transformation far too? They reach make a decision for their own use. Furthermore they be able to take into consideration their own unique service. Acknowledging that both people of this Civil Protection under the law Routine and also riot/uprising in Baltimore happen to be typical Us inhabitants, our university students will fully grasp their own personal electric power. And in time, they’ll have the ability name for themselves the event that happened on their place, that it was also an uprising or even perhaps a riot or neither of them, depending upon the evidence which they use to hold their demand. By explaining for their own end what actually transpired, our learners will illustrate their agent. The college textbooks plus the educators and also television programs will not any longer have chance to color selection the accounts since our students will hold the required serious believing knowledge to reach their very own final thoughts. check

Canadian PM criticised over proposed ban on Muslim veil – video

The Guardian World news: Islam - 25 September, 2015 - 12:06

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper argues with Thomas Mulcair, leader of the New Democratic party, over proposals to ban Muslim women using the veil during citizenship ceremonies. Speaking during a French-language election debate in Montreal on Thursday, Mulcair accuses Harper of trying to win votes by pushing for the ban and is ‘playing a dangerous game’. The government is taking its case for the ban to the supreme court after twice losing in lower courts

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Hajj crush 'due to Mecca authorities' incompetence' – audio

The Guardian World news: Islam - 25 September, 2015 - 11:15

Mohammad Jafari, an adviser to the UK’s oldest hajj travel company, criticises the Mecca authorities on Friday, blaming poor management for the crush that left more than 700 people dead during the annual Muslim pilgrimage. Jafari says two of the main routes were closed to pilgrims to accommodate Saudi government dignitaries, which created a bottle neck and led to the crush

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman orders investigation into hajj crush – video report

The Guardian World news: Islam - 25 September, 2015 - 10:23

The king of Saudi Arabia says he has ordered a review into the kingdom’s planning for the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, after more than 700 people died in a crush outside the Muslim holy city on Thursday. Speaking in a live speech broadcast by Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television, King Salman says he has asked for a swift investigation into the ‘painful incident’

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Saudi Arabia under pressure to improve safety at Mecca after fatal hajj crush

The Guardian World news: Islam - 25 September, 2015 - 09:43

Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blames government for disaster that left more than 700 pilgrims dead as Saudi king orders investigation

Saudi Arabia is under increasing pressure to improve safety for pilgrims in the wake of the deaths of at least 717 people in a stampede outside Mecca at the annual Muslim hajj.

More than 850 people were also wounded in the crush during the symbolic stoning of the devil at Mina, the worst tragedy during the hajj for 25 years. It was the second deadly accident affecting Mecca worshippers this month, after a crane collapse in the holy city killed more than 100.

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Duka cita mendalam atas peristiwa Mina. Harus ada perbaikan pengelolaan haji supaya peristiwa ini tidak terulang lagi -Jkw

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Iran blames Saudi mismanagement for deadly hajj crush

The Guardian World news: Islam - 25 September, 2015 - 09:37

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says ‘inappropriate conducts’ caused stampede, with 131 Iranian citizens thought to be among dead

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has blamed mismanagement by the Saudi monarchy for the hajj crush that killed more than 700 people in Mina as he declared three days of mourning for the 131 Iranian citizens believed to be among the dead.

Khamenei, who sees himself as the worldwide leader of Shia Muslims, is becoming increasingly critical of the Sunni Saudis, as the Tehran-Riyadh rivalry has transformed into mutual animosity in recent years.

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