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  • Bomb Mecca Off The Face Of The Earth

    11/20/2015 9:19:33 AM PST · by Strategy · 55 replies
    WND ^ | November 20, 2015
    We in the West continue to pretend that the violence committed by Muslims are all isolated events, whether it was Iran's holding hostages for over 400 days; the attack on the USS Cole; 9/11; the massacre at Charlie Hebdo; the slaugther at the French deli; the burnings and beheadings in the Middle East; Benghazi; the blowing up of the Russian jet; the recent blood-letting in Paris that left 129 dead.
  • Stampede At Hajj In Saudi Arabia Reportedly Killed At Least 2,177

    10/20/2015 1:20:59 AM PDT · by grundle · 27 replies
    Associated Press/Huffington Post ^ | 10/20/2015 | JON GAMBRELL
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The crush and stampede that struck the hajj last month in Saudi Arabia killed at least 2,177 pilgrims, a new Associated Press tally showed Monday, after officials in the kingdom met to discuss the tragedy.

    10/14/2015 6:51:17 AM PDT · by McGruff · 37 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 13 Oct 2015 | MERRILL HOPE
    “Clock boy” Ahmed Mohamed made it to Mecca Friday for umrah, the Arabic word for pilgrimage, the portion of his Middle Eastern tour sponsored by the Saudi government. The trip also included the 14-year-old’s parents and other relatives, including one uncle who pushed the Islamophobia narrative. The uncle, identified by Arab News as Moussa Al-Hassan, asserted: “The ordinary American citizen lives in a state of fear of Arabs because of the American media’s portrayal of him as an extremist terrorist.”
  • Swedish bishop wants to remove crosses from church and mark direction of Mecca

    10/07/2015 5:20:09 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 31 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/4/2015 | Robert Spencer
    How wonderful and generous and ecumenical and multicultural this is. Watch for mosques everywhere to remove their mihrabs and install crosses so that Christians will feel comfortable praying there. This is what a society and culture in the midst of suicide looks like. Bishop Eva Brunne has proposed to remove the Christian symbols of the Seamen’s Church in Freeport to make it more inviting for visiting sailors from other religions. The bishop wants to temporarily make the Seamen’s Church available to all, for example by marking the direction of Mecca and removing Christian symbols, as is already done in common...
  • Saudis bulldoze bodies of Haj stampede victims

    09/28/2015 7:24:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/28/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Stunning pictures are coming out of Mecca, which, if genuine, reveal a stunning level of brutal disregard for human life. Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit picked up the story, as revealed by tweets from Tarek Fatah:   Pictures emerge of #Saudi officials bulldozing bodies of dead #Hajj pilgrims like garbage & dumping them into a pile.— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) September 26, 2015
  • Deaths Near Mecca Reflect Dangers of Rising Crowds During Hajj

    09/26/2015 6:58:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 09/26/2015 | By Brian Clark Howard
    More than 700 people were crushed to death Thursday in a stampede just outside Mecca during the Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia that has been attended by millions of faithful over the centuries. The incident in Mina, Saudi Arabia, was the latest in a series of tragedies that have marred the ritual journey to Islam’s holiest city, a journey that occasionally has turned deadly—typically because of the vast numbers of people who crowd into Mecca and nearby cities. This year, believers were trampled to death during the last major ritual that pilgrims perform before entering Mecca, a...

    09/24/2015 10:45:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 09/24/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
      Making Haj may be one of the deadliest things for a Muslim to do. The latest "stoning the devil" accident, in which Muslim pilgrims to Mecca reenact an ancient pagan ritual involving Mercury, has led to a huge death toll that currently stands at 717 dead and 863 wounded. "Stoning the devil" has been a killer for Muslims before. 23 May 1994: About 270 people die in a stampede at the "Stoning of the Devil" ritual. 9 April 1998: On the third and last day of the Haj pilgrimage, a stampede at Jamarat Bridge kills at least 118...
  • Mecca stampede: At least 717 killed and hundreds injured in crush during hajj

    09/24/2015 7:31:38 AM PDT · by grundle · 84 replies
    Telegraph UK/Reuters ^ | September 24, 2014
    At least 717 pilgrims were killed on Thursday in a stampede outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi authorities said, the worst disaster to strike the annual hajj pilgrimage in 25 years. At least 805 others were injured in the crush at Mina, a few miles east of Mecca, caused by two large groups of pilgrims arriving together at a crossroads on their way to performing the "stoning the devil" ritual at Jamarat, Saudi civil defence said. Thursday's disaster was the worst to befall the pilgrimage since July 1990, when 1,426 pilgrims were crushed to death in a tunnel...
  • Hajj Pilgrimage: 717 Dead In Crush Near Mecca

    09/24/2015 7:00:08 AM PDT · by Fennie · 32 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 24, 2015 | Emma Graham-Harrison
    The death toll in a stampede outside Mecca has risen to 717, with at least 800 injured, the deadliest disaster on the annual hajj pilgrimage in over a quarter of a century. The crush happened in the Mina valley, a few miles outside Mecca, where a sprawling camp of 160,000 tents fills with millions of visitors for a few days each year. Tragedy hit when two large groups of pilgrims who were preparing for one of the last major rites of their trip met on an intersection of two roads, Saudi authorities said.
  • At Least 450 Crushed To Death, 600 Injured In Mecca Pilgrimage Stampede

    09/24/2015 5:40:59 AM PDT · by blam · 59 replies
    BI ^ | 9-25-2015 | Dina Spector
    Dina SpectorSeptember 25, 2015More than 453 people were crushed to death and another 610 injured in a stampede on Thursday during the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, the Guardian reports, citing Saudi Arabian authorities. The stampede happened at a pilgrimage camp in Mina, located outside the holy city of Mecca. The incident happened on Street 204 — one of the two main roads that lead through the Mina camp to Jamarat — when two large groups of pilgrims arrived together, Reuters said. Jamarat is where pilgrims stone the devil by throwing pebbles at three large pillars. Thursday is Eid al-Adha, or...
  • Stampede kills hundreds at Hajj pilgrimage

    09/24/2015 4:08:14 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 134 replies ^ | September 24, 2015 | Faith Karimi and Schams Elwazer
    (CNN) —A stampede during one of the last rituals of the Hajj season -- the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca -- has killed more than 300 people and injured 450 others in Saudi Arabia. The stampede occurred Thursday during the ritual known as "stoning the devil" in the tent city of Mina, about 2 miles from Mecca, Islam's holiest city. Hundreds have been killed in past years during the same ceremony. "We have a stampede accident in Mina, and civil defense is dealing with it," said Brig. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, an Interior Ministry spokesman. The ministry said the latest death...
  • Family: Ahmed withdraws from Irving ISD, eyes trips to United Nations and Mecca

    09/22/2015 6:03:10 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 15 replies
    Update 8:45 a.m. Tuesday: The district confirmed that Ahmed’s father met with the superintendent yesterday and requested to pull Ahmed out of the district. But technically, the Mohamed children are still on the rolls this morning, until some formalities are completed.
  • The infamous Irving Texas clock--challenging the story's foundation (20 second VIDEO)

    09/22/2015 7:13:47 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 20 replies
    Youtube ^ | Published on Sep 18, 2015 | G O'LastName
    The original story was about a controversial package in a school setting, but it was quickly claimed to be a homemade clock. If so, the clock itself (not the presentation) might be cool as the White House said. If not, the world may be propping up a plagiarist who flaunted the piece of crap in an intentionally controversial way (suppositions). This video challenges that the clock was homemade by showing a nearly identical package being prepared in about twenty seconds (screws and simple fasteners were excluded for brevity here). [please see brief 20 second video at link]
  • Fire at Mecca hotel, 1,000 pilgrims evacuated

    09/18/2015 6:39:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    timesofindia ^ | Sep 17, 2015, 07.17 PM IST | AFP |
    MECCA: About 1,000 Asian pilgrims were evacuated early on Thursday from their hotel in the Saudi city of Mecca, hit by a fire that injured two people, the civil defence agency said. Firefighters "rescued two pilgrims who were hurt" by the fire in an eighth-floor room of the unnamed hotel, the agency said. ... The agency also did not give the nationality of the pilgrims, nor say what caused the blaze.
  • Binladin Group Barred for Lethal Mecca Mosque Collapse

    09/15/2015 3:50:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/9/15 | Ari Yashar
    The influential Saudi Binladin Group has been suspended by Saudi Arabia after one of its cranes at the Grand Mosque in Mecca collapsed last Friday, killing 107 and wounding 238 people at the holiest site in Islam which houses the Kaaba cube Muslims pray towards. Ironically the lethal crane collapse took place on September 11 amid high winds and a sandstorm; Binladin Group was founded in 1931 by the father of Osama bin Laden, the infamous late terror leader of Al Qaeda who conducted the 9/11 attacks against the US exactly 14 years earlier. Osama's brother Bakr runs the Binladin...
  • 'Strange signs' on Shemitah's final days: One occurred at Ground Zero, another in Mecca

    09/12/2015 10:06:37 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 98 replies
    WND ^ | September 12, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    The final day of the Shemitah year, Elul 29 on the Hebrew calendar, began at sundown Saturday and Rosh Hashanah, also called the Feast of Trumpets, starts Sunday at sundown. Among those who have been studying and teaching on the seven-year Shemitah cycle, the expectations have varied wildly. The Hebrew word “Shemitah” can be interpreted as “release” or “collapse,” which has led to predictions of stock market collapses and economic doom, wars, natural disasters and the period of time Jesus referred to as the “beginning of sorrows.” Jonathan Cahn, who lifted the Shemitah out of Old Testament obscurity (it is...
  • VIDEO: Muslim Crowds Slaughtered After “Act of God” Hits Islam’s Most Holy Site (ON 9/11!)

    09/12/2015 3:14:55 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 60 replies
    On the anniversary of the horrific 9/11 terror attacks against the World Trade Center and other targets, some are calling a deadly accident at the Grand Mosque in Mecca nothing less than divine payback. A crane crashed into the building on Friday, leaving 65 dead and injuring another 154, according to initial estimates. The crane reportedly came down due to “strong winds” in the area. Heavy rains and even a lightning strike were also reported. The mosque was even more crowded than usual because of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca by millions of Muslims this time of year, known as...
  • The hajj WILL go ahead: Religious leaders confirm Islam's mass pilgrimage to Mecca goes ahead

    09/12/2015 7:54:37 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 21 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | September 12, 2015 | Imogen Calderwood and Jack Crone for MailOnline
    The hajj WILL go ahead: Religious leaders confirm Islam's mass pilgrimage to Mecca goes ahead this month despite the crane disaster killing 107 there yesterday Saudi official announced today that the hajj will go ahead in Mecca despite the horror of yesterday's crane collapse An investigation has been launched in the disaster as critics claim authorities were negligent in allowing the cranes Authorities issued extreme weather warnings and earlier photos capture mosque being struck by lightning ceiling Crane is part of massive project to increase the area of the mosque to accommodate 2.2million people at once A Saudi official has...
  • Crane Collapse in Mecca Leaves More Than 80 Dead

    09/11/2015 12:13:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 114 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sep 11, 2015, | MEGHAN KENEALLY KIRIT RADIA
    At least 87 people have been killed after a crane collapsed at the Grand Mosque in Mecca in Saudi Arabia, according to local authorities.
  • Saudi Arabia: 65 Dead in Crane Collapse at Mecca Mosque

    09/11/2015 11:52:04 AM PDT · by anymouse · 59 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 11, 2015
    At least 65 people were killed and scores were wounded Friday when a crane collapsed in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia's civil defense authority said. The accident happened as pilgrims from around the world converged on the city, Islam's holiest site, for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which takes place this month. (snip) Another video, on a Twitter posting, captured the apparent moment of the crane's collapse during a heavy rainstorm, with a loud boom, screams and confusion.
  • Scores killed after crane crashes in Mecca mosque

    09/11/2015 10:14:58 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 46 replies ^ | 11 Sep 2015 | aljazeera
    At least 62 people were killed when a crane crashed in Mecca's Grand Mosque on Friday, Saudi Arabia's civil defence authority said on its Twitter account. It said nearly 30 people were injured as well. The Muslim annual Haj pilgrimage is due later this month. Al Jazeera's Hasan Patel, reporting from Mecca, said witnesses told him that a crane fell on the third floor of the Grand Mosque around 5.45pm.
  • At least 52 dead in crane accident in Mecca's Grand Mosque - Saudi civil defence

    09/11/2015 10:03:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 55 replies
    It said nearly 30 people were injured as well. The Muslim annual Haj pilgrimage is due later this month.
  • ISIS Threatens Again To Destroy Holy Kaaba

    09/01/2015 5:59:02 AM PDT · by Fennie · 36 replies
    Albawaba News ^ | September 1, 2015
    The ISIS Takfiri group has threatened to destroy the holy Kaaba in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. A member of the terrorist group posted a message on Twitter, saying that people worship a stone building instead of God and so it should be demolished. The message said if Daesh manages to conquer Makkah, it would raze the Kaaba to the ground on the order of the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, al-Bawaba news reported. This is not the first time the Takfiri group talks of demolishing the holy place in Makkah.
  • The black stone of Elagabal {maybe now of allah?}

    07/23/2015 1:09:56 AM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    "Elagabalus Aureus Sol Invictus" by Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons The reverse of the imperial coin depicts horses pulling a wagon on which there is the sacred black stone from the temple of god Elagabalus in Emesa, modern Homs in Syria. The stone was associated in Rome with the cult of Sol Invictus by Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (c. 203 – March 11, 222).  After his death he is commonly known as Caesar Elagabalus according to this his favorite god. The name is the Latinized form of the Syrian Ilāh...
  • Bible Prophesied About Obama’s ‘Nuclear Deal With Iran’ & Predicted A Complete Catastrophe

    07/16/2015 10:34:44 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 27 replies ^ | July 14, 2015 | By Walid Shoebat
    There is much in the Bible about Iran and it even described the nuclear catastrophe that will result from Obama’s nuclear deal with it. You think this is far-fetched? Just read. For years, Bible prophecy analysts had missed the verses and for years, we have been on record stating that Iran will gain its nukes and so far we were the few who were correct, while the rest still contemplate Israel removing the threat before it happens. We were no geniuses to figure all this, we just read the Bible as Muslims and saw in it that we needed salvation,...
  • Countdown to Mecca by Michael Savage, a book review

    07/04/2015 7:49:31 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 17 replies
    Hubpages ^ | 07/04/2015 | Tamara Wilhite
    Michael Savage has written his third and final book in the Jack Hatfield series.
  • Islamic State Militants Eye Mecca, Medina

    06/09/2015 3:38:11 PM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    VOA ^ | 6/9/15 | Jeff Seldin
    From the battlefields of Iraq and Syria, the terror group known as the Islamic State is preparing yet another front in its quest to reestablish an Islamic caliphate, this time hoping to wrest Saudi Arabia from a royal family that has long maintained its grip on power. Saudi Arabia might seem to be an unlikely target for the Islamic State. Unlike countries such as Iraq, Syria and Libya, it is not a failed state. Also, just like the Islamic State’s leadership, Saudi Arabia's rulers are adherents of Sunni Islam. Still, counterterrorism officials, former diplomats and analysts say the threat to...
  • City in the sky: world's biggest hotel to open in Mecca

    05/25/2015 12:05:26 AM PDT · by Cronos · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 22 May 2015 | Oliver Wainwright
    <p>Four helipads will cluster around one of the largest domes in the world, like sideplates awaiting the unveiling of a momentous main course, which will be jacked up 45 storeys into the sky above the deserts of Mecca. It is the crowning feature of the holy city’s crowning glory, the superlative summit of what will be the world’s largest hotel when it opens in 2017.</p>
  • Saudi Arabia reveals plans for world's largest hotel to cater for Muslims on annual pilgrimage [tr]

    05/21/2015 7:15:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 21, 2015 | Emily Payne
    Plans have been unveiled to build the world's largest hotel, which could be open as early as 2017. The Abraj Kudai, will be located in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, a city visited each year more than 15million Muslims. With twelve 44-story towers containing 10,000 rooms, the hotel, which is being created by multi-national design group Dar Al Handasah will have a total area of 4.6 million square feet.
  • Report: Major Problems with U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program

    05/09/2015 5:01:59 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/15 | Sierra Rayne
    The CSP report should serve as a wake-up call for those who have seen something unusual taking place in their town, but perhaps haven't been able to put the pieces together yet A report by the Center for Security Policy (CSP) has uncovered major problems within the Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP). The foreword by Frank Gaffney describes the source of the concerns: According to the sacred texts and traditions of Islam, Mohammed left his home town of Mecca in the 7th Century and traveled with a small band of followers to the city of Yathrib (now Medina), in what has...
  • Saudi Arabia’s Attempt To Create Sunni Alliance vs Iran Will Fail, Mecca to be destroyed by Muslims

    03/12/2015 10:12:22 AM PDT · by Squidpup · 12 replies ^ | March 11, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    Saudi Arabia’s Attempt To Create A Sunni Alliance Against Iran Will Fail And Mecca The Pride Of The Muslims Will Be Destroyed By The Muslims Themselves! By Shoebat Foundation on March 11, 2015in Featured, General By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Exclusive) In the Middle East, everything could turn on a dime. Who would have imagined that powers such as Turkey and Iran, which both recognized Israel soon after it declared independence in 1948 would become now two of its arch enemies, while Arab states who were Israel’s arch enemies have come to realize that Israel is no longer their primary concern,...
  • Saudi Arabia: Indian Arrested for 'Liking' Photo that Showed Mecca Mosque as Hindu temple

    03/04/2015 10:18:40 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 3-5-2015 | Mugdha Variyar
    Saudi Arabian authorities have detained an Indian national for posting a controversial photo of Mecca's Grand Mosque juxtaposed with Hindu religious symbols on Facebook. The photo depicts Al Masjid Al Haram mosque as a temple, photoshopped with Hindu symbols over the Kaaba, the holy building at the centre of the mosque, according to Gulf News, which cited a local daily's report on Tuesday.  A Saudi citizen who saw the post brought it to the notice of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the kingdom's religious police. The Indian was detained when he was at an...
  • YOUTUBE: The atomic explosion of the Kaaba in Mekka (just a dream for now)

    01/08/2015 8:37:13 PM PST · by doug from upland · 16 replies
    youtube ^ | 1-2015 | HumanRightsTV
  • ISIS Reportedly Selling Christian Artifacts, Turning Churches into Torture Chambers

    12/20/2014 8:59:53 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/20/14 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The Islamic State is turning Christian churches in Iraq and Syria into dungeons and torture chambers after stripping them of priceless artifacts to sell on the black market, according to reports. Ancient relics and even entire murals are being torn from the houses of worship and smuggled out through the same routes previously established for moving oil and weapons in and out of the so-called caliphate, a vast region the jihadist army has claimed as sovereign under Sharia law. "ISIS has a stated goal to wipe out Christianity,” Jay Sekulow, of the American Center for Law and Justice and the...
  • Torture temper tantrum will cost American lives

    12/13/2014 8:07:24 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 9 replies
    WND ^ | Tom Tancredo
    During a presidential primary debate in 2007, I and the other seven candidates on the stage were asked about waterboarding. The question was: As president, would I agree to waterboard a captured terrorist if three bombs had gone off in this country and we were awaiting the “big one” and we had a captive who we believed knew when and where it would happen? I replied, not only would I waterboard the guy, but I’d be looking for Jack Bauer, the superhero character from the television series “24.” That was my answer after all other candidates said no because John...
  • Pope Francis Prays in Turkey's Mosque, Head Bowed Toward Mecca

    11/30/2014 3:46:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/30/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    A day after calling for inter-religious dialogue to end Islamist extremism, Pope Francis on Saturday visited a 17th-century mosque in Istanbul and spent several minutes in a silent prayer with his head bowed in the direction of Mecca. The pope made the gesture to promote Christian-Muslim relations at the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque, on Saturday, the second day of his three-day Turkey visit, according to the Vatican Radio. He removed his shoes before entering the mosque with blue tiles on its walls. Standing next to him was the Grand Mufti, who explained about the Koranic verses...
  • Islamic State sets sights on Saudi Arabia

    11/15/2014 12:06:56 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 47 replies
    BBC World News ^ | 14 November 2014 | Frank Gardner
    In a 17-minute audio message, purportedly from its elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group sets its sights firmly on Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam and the world's largest oil producer and exporter. The speaker does not refer to it as Saudi Arabia, since this is a name derived from the ruling tribe, the al-Saud, whose authority IS does not accept. Instead he calls it "the land of Haramayn", the land of the two holy places, meaning Mecca and Medina.
  • This Year's Pilgrimage to Mecca May Come with Extra Dose of Ebola

    10/16/2014 8:03:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/16/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    In Islam, making a ritual pilgrimage to Mecca is almost as sacred as beheading a screaming infidel. These pilgrimages often come with their own death tolls as Muslims throw rocks at a pillar representing satan and generally trample each other and have a good time.In the past, African Muslims would be tricked into making the pilgrimage only to be left with nothing and then sold as slaves. Today there’s a different sort of threat for them on the horizon. Anxious to safeguard Islam’s haj pilgrimage from the threat of Ebola, Saudi authorities are screening pilgrims arriving from West Africa...
  • Saudi Arabia bans Ebola-stricken countries from hajj pilgrimage

    10/02/2014 9:14:12 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 33 replies
    PBS ^ | 10-2-14 | Ayan Sheikh
    With the arrival of approximately two million people from around the world in Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage, there are a group of pilgrims who were not welcomed. The Saudi government has banned the entry of travelers from three countries currently dealing with the Ebola epidemic: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The decision to reject visa requests from these countries has affected 7,400 people, according to the Associated Press. Hospitals in Saudi Arabia are also preparing in the event of an outbreak by setting up isolation and surgery units as well as dispatching medical staff to airports. Despite...
  • Saudi Arabia downplays Ebola fears as hajj begins: Two million journey to Mecca pilgrimage

    10/02/2014 12:58:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The Star ^ | 10/02/2014 | Mokhtar Shehata And Benjamin Wiacek
    MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA—Saudi Arabia sought to assure the public that the kingdom was safe and free of health scares as an estimated 2 million Muslims streamed into a sprawling tent city near Mecca on Thursday for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage. Earlier this year, Saudi authorities banned people from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea — the countries hardest hit in the Ebola epidemic — from getting visas as a precaution against the virus. The decision has affected a total of 7,400 pilgrims from the three countries. Ebola is believed to have sickened more than 7,100 people in...
  • The Destruction of Mecca

    10/01/2014 6:18:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 49 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 30, 2014 | Ziauddin Sardar
    WHEN Malcolm X visited Mecca in 1964, he was enchanted. He found the city “as ancient as time itself,” and wrote that the partly constructed extension to the Sacred Mosque “will surpass the architectural beauty of India’s Taj Mahal.” Fifty years on, no one could possibly describe Mecca as ancient, or associate beauty with Islam’s holiest city. Pilgrims performing the hajj this week will search in vain for Mecca’s history. The dominant architectural site in the city is not the Sacred Mosque, where the Kaaba, the symbolic focus of Muslims everywhere, is. It is the obnoxious Makkah Royal Clock Tower...
  • Hajj pilgrims denounce ISIS 'virus' but doubt US-led war

    09/30/2014 3:06:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    AFP ^ | 9/30/2014 | Lynne Al-Nahhas
    As they gather in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj, some pilgrims have denounced atrocities by ISIS jihadists as "a virus" threatening the world. But many also expressed concerns about the US-led air war against them. "Islam is innocent from actions of the Islamic State (ISIS)," Kurdish Iraqi pilgrim Alan Abdullah told AFP, describing ISIS as "a virus threatening the whole world". ISIS has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria, declaring a Muslim "caliphate" and imposing its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law. The jihadists have executed captured Iraqi soldiers, crucified people, forced non-Muslims to...
  • ISIS destroys shrines and mosques, may be targeting Mecca

    07/09/2014 7:07:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/9/2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    ISIS is leaving a path of destroyed churches, shrines and mosques in its wake as it storms across Syria and Iraq, and has even set its sights on Mecca -- Islam's holiest site. The nihilistic jihadis, led by self-proclaimed descendant of Prophet Muhammad Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, have already bulldozed or blown up some of the most sacred places in Iraq, and seem bent on killing and destroying anyone or anything that does not measure up to their twisted vision of Islam. Experts say the group, which originally stood for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but now simply calls itself "Islamic...
  • Man Wearing Strange Clothes in Makkah Held

    07/07/2014 5:44:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, July 07, 2014
    Security men in the sacred Saudi town of Makkah arrested a man wearing strange clothes inside the Grand Mosque, saying his costume detracted worshippers. Many curious men had left their prayers at the mosque and surrounded the man to take a close look at his apparel, prompting the mosque’s security men to intervene. “He was told to go and change his clothes because they are distracting the worshippers from their prayers…he left but returned with the same clothes,” Sada daily. It said police arrested the bearded man for interrogation after he entered the mosque for the second time with the...
  • ISIS: We will ruin the Kaaba after capturing Saudi Arabia

    06/30/2014 5:16:28 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 90 replies
    APA ^ | June 30, 2014 | Baku. Rashad Suleymanov
    Representatives of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) stated that they will ruin the Kaaba after capturing Saudi Arabia. APA reports quoting Turkish media that ISIS wants to take control of Arar city of Saudi Arabia and start operations here. ISIS member Abu Turab Al Mugaddasi said that they would destroy the Kaaba in Mecca: “If Allah wills, we will kill those who worship stones in Mecca and destroy the Kaaba. People go to Mecca to touch the stones, not for Allah.”
  • State Dep’t Spends $150K On ‘Black Arch’ Mecca Art—‘An Endless Multiplying Energy Field’

    12/04/2013 1:58:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 3, 2013 - 12:44 PM | Eric Scheiner
    In the days before the October government shutdown, the State Department spent $150,000 on “The Black Arch”, an art installation piece referencing Mecca. … A 2011 press release describes the work as a “profound collaboration between Shadia and Raja Alem. It is very much about a meeting point of the two artists; of two visions of the world; from darkness to light, and of two cities—Makkah (Mecca) and Venice.” … The State Department tells, “The Black Arch will be installed at the new U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.” “The Black Arch” was one of several artworks that were...
  • Wahhabis Remark at Hajj: 'We will Kill You Shia Men and Rape Your Women' ( Detroit mentioned )

    10/20/2013 10:52:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Arab American pilgrims from the Metro Detroit area where attacked and assaulted, for what appears to be sectarian reasons, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, while performing the rituals of Hajj in Mina, Saudi Arabia. Mina is a town near Mecca, where pilgrims sleep in tents and stone three pillars, representing the satan, with seven pebbles, on the last day of Hajj. The Saudi government has built thousand of air-conditioned tents to accommodate pilgrims, during this ritual. A known female community leader said that when the local group entered Tent Section 40, an area designated for American, European and Australian Muslims, a...
  • Health Officials To Watch For Muslim Pilgrims With SARS-Like Symptoms

    10/10/2013 12:12:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies ^ | October 10, 2013 12:04 PM
    LOS ANGELES ( — Southern California doctors and health officials will be on the lookout for Muslim pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia with flu-like symptoms in the wake of a reported outbreak of a SARS-like virus in the Middle East, according to a report. L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Jonathan Fielding told the Los Angeles Times severe coughs or other similar symptoms could signal the arrival of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, to the Southland. While MERS-CoV has so far only been reported in the Mideast and Europe, doctors and emergency departments will be...
  • Virus Hangs Over Islamic Pilgrimage To Mecca

    10/09/2013 9:22:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    LATimes ^ | October 09, 2013 | Eryn Brown
    Virus Hangs Over Islamic Pilgrimage To Mecca Health officials in the U.S. will be on the alert for anyone returning from the Middle East with symptoms of MERS, a mysterious and potentially deadly illness. Laila Shifa, left, helps her daughter, Homaira Hamid, center, and husband Jahan pack in their Northridge apartment for their hajj pilgrimage. The couple are bringing face masks to help guard against the MERS virus, which has been detected in the Middle East. By Eryn Brown October 9 After they got married last year, Homaira and Jahan Hamid decided they would embark on the hajj pilgrimage to...
  • U.S. Says Deadly MERS Virus Could Affect Nat’l Security

    06/06/2013 11:07:50 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 21 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/6/2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    More than two million Muslims descend on Mecca for the annual Hajj each year. Saudi authorities are advising pilgrims to wear face masks in overcrowded places. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File) ( – As Saudi and U.N. health authorities report new infections from a troubling new respiratory disease, there are concerns that the approaching Hajj – the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca – could increase the risk of spreading the virus as pilgrims return to their home countries. Meanwhile the U.S. government, in a notice published in the Federal Register Wednesday, declared that the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV, or...