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Millions of Muslims gather for hajj pilgrimage
AP ^ | 7 Dec 08 | None given

Posted on 12/07/2008 3:56:08 AM PST by SkyPilot

Nearly 3 million pilgrims chanting prayers converged Saturday in a valley just outside the holy city of Mecca at the beginning of the 5-day hajj pilgrimage, a lifelong dream for many Muslims.

The pilgrims from about 100 countries left Mecca after completing the first ritual of the hajj by circling the sacred Kaaba stone structure seven times inside the Grand Mosque, which Muslims all over the world face during their five daily prayers.

Dressed in white robes, pilgrims piled into and on top of buses on their way to a ritual of prayer and reflection in Mina, 3 miles east of Mecca.

The journey caused massive traffic jams on roads to Mina, where pilgrims will spend the night in white, fireproof tents. Some pilgrims chose to walk the route.

The hajj, packed with symbolism and ritual, is one of the five pillars of Islam. Every able-bodied Muslim who can financially afford to must perform it at least once in his or her lifetime.

For Ahmed Malek, a pilgrim from the Maldives, the hajj teaches that all people are equal before God.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: hajj; hiroshima; millions; mohammedanism; mohammedanism122008; muslims
For Ahmed Malek, a pilgrim from the Maldives, the hajj teaches that all people are equal before God.

Interesting. That is not what the Koran says.

1 posted on 12/07/2008 3:56:08 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Wonder how many will be trampled this year? :-/


2 posted on 12/07/2008 3:59:17 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: SkyPilot

When Ahmed says “people”, he means Muslims. Infidels like you and me are still subhuman, descended from pigs and apes, and only worthy of death.


3 posted on 12/07/2008 4:02:01 AM PST by rickmichaels (WHATCHA GONNA DO WHEN OBAMA'S TRUTH SQUADS RUN WILD ON YOU???)
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To: SkyPilot

Too many more Mumbais, and that stone will cease to exist.


4 posted on 12/07/2008 4:05:41 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Barack Obama: In Error and arrogant -- he's errogant!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Yup. Seems to happen every year. If I recall correctly, hundreds of them burned to death a few years ago when their tents caught fire at one of their campsites.


5 posted on 12/07/2008 4:06:41 AM PST by rickmichaels (WHATCHA GONNA DO WHEN OBAMA'S TRUTH SQUADS RUN WILD ON YOU???)
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To: SkyPilot
Millions of Muslims gather for hajj pilgrimage

The "Word" has it, following Mecca, they are all booked to come to the Mall in WDC and live the rest of their lives there. Insha'Allah!

While I could be wrong, I think I have "Insha'Allah" spelled correctly but the Freep Spell Check disagree.

Times are a changing.

6 posted on 12/07/2008 4:09:55 AM PST by jws3sticks (Hillary can take a very long walk on a very short pier, anytime time, and the sooner the better!)
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To: SkyPilot

Ah yes the Religion of Peace and Tolerance. In the several dozen photos i just viewed, I saw an amazing lack of females. Must be another one of Islams tolerate tenents.


7 posted on 12/07/2008 4:27:57 AM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Coming to You From the Front Lines of Occupied America)
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To: SkyPilot

Seems like there is probably a J Star flying around that could lock on and paint the target(s)....


8 posted on 12/07/2008 4:31:37 AM PST by Born In America (Warning: Use liberals only under close conservative supervision.....)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

I’m keen to seduce as many Muslim women as possible, leading them by the light of my manly loins to the infidel way. Hard to make little Muslims without a female ingredient in the carnal kitchen.


9 posted on 12/07/2008 4:32:33 AM PST by Kiss Me Hardy
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To: SkyPilot

Where are the Portapotties?

Can you imagine the stink?


10 posted on 12/07/2008 4:35:30 AM PST by GulfWar1Vet
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To: SkyPilot

“Millions of Muslims gather for hajj pilgrimage”

Attendance at the “Freethinkers Association” is zero.


11 posted on 12/07/2008 4:52:36 AM PST by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself)
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To: SkyPilot

Can you imagine the slant of the story if it were Christians making a trek???


12 posted on 12/07/2008 4:53:32 AM PST by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: SkyPilot

I thought i’d see this thread perhaps without an insult but .. come on guys can we be a bit more civil? It’s a very holy day for them, no need to throw around random cuts on innocent ppl.


13 posted on 12/07/2008 4:59:31 AM PST by freerites
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To: rickmichaels

About 20 years ago a 747 on its way to this event went down.
The investigators found that someone made a fire in the aisle to heat some tea and it caused problems for the jet.
Jet crashed./


14 posted on 12/07/2008 5:00:04 AM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: SkyPilot

Another target rich environment.


15 posted on 12/07/2008 5:26:39 AM PST by mkjessup (In January 1942, President 0bama would have met Premier Tojo without any preconditions.)
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To: freerites
I thought i’d see this thread perhaps without an insult but .. come on guys can we be a bit more civil? It’s a very holy day for them, no need to throw around random cuts on innocent ppl.

It's a death cult that is dedicated to the eradication and enslavement of Western society, and the death of every infidel, that's you and me bub.

Wait 'til you're getting the Nick Berg treatment at the end of a rusty blade gripped by one of the practitioners of that 'Religion of Peace', and get back to me, ok?
16 posted on 12/07/2008 5:30:00 AM PST by mkjessup (In January 1942, President 0bama would have met Premier Tojo without any preconditions.)
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To: mkjessup

yeah we have a word for them, “Extremists” just the way blacks view the still existant KKK.

quit while yer ahead buddy, no need to label a whole group for a big explosion, it goes 2 ways.


17 posted on 12/07/2008 5:34:52 AM PST by freerites
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To: freerites
yeah we have a word for them, “Extremists” just the way blacks view the still existant KKK.

The KKK, even on it's worst day never crashed airliners into buildings and killed 3000+ people.

quit while yer ahead buddy, no need to label a whole group for a big explosion, it goes 2 ways.

a.) I'm not your buddy, n00b, and

b.) in case you missed it on 9/11, there was already a 'big explosion', thanks to the 19 Muslim hijackers who attacked our Nation.

Maybe if you grovel enough, they'll let you polish their shoes, I'm sure they'll see that you would rather live on your knees, than die on your feet.
18 posted on 12/07/2008 5:43:33 AM PST by mkjessup (In January 1942, President 0bama would have met Premier Tojo without any preconditions.)
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To: SkyPilot

I’m thinking all kinds of things, but I won’t say a word.


19 posted on 12/07/2008 5:44:42 AM PST by hershey
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To: Joe Boucher

I was on a Olympia Air flight from Athens to Cairo in the ‘80s, and people were cooking in the aisles with small camping type stoves......


20 posted on 12/07/2008 6:48:47 AM PST by ALASKA (I feel more like I do today than I did yesterday.....)
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To: hershey

TRE


21 posted on 12/07/2008 6:49:28 AM PST by ALASKA (I feel more like I do today than I did yesterday.....)
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To: SkyPilot
... Every able-bodied Muslim ...

Really! So muslim women must go too or muslim women are not able-bodied? Pity.

22 posted on 12/07/2008 7:19:42 AM PST by relee ('Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away)
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To: SkyPilot

This is always a classic. Stampede coming,.....wait for it,... wait for it,.....ok go, whoa, 4,000 crushed to death. Pilgramage considered highly successful!


23 posted on 12/07/2008 8:17:17 AM PST by Doc Savage ("Are you saying Jesus can't hit a curve ball? - Harris to Cerrano - Major League)
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To: relee

When Obama going?


24 posted on 12/07/2008 8:18:10 AM PST by Doc Savage ("Are you saying Jesus can't hit a curve ball? - Harris to Cerrano - Major League)
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To: jws3sticks
Insha'Allah!

Don't you just love that saying?

Basically, it is fatalistic crappola that lets them sit around and be lazy - while trying to talk each other to death while smoking and drinking tea that is waaaay to sweet.

25 posted on 12/07/2008 8:45:47 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: ALASKA

That’s great.
Not on my plane.
It sounds crazy doesn’t it?
I mean would you wouldn’t have believed it had you not seen it for yourself probably.
Folks are living in the 10th or 12th century.


26 posted on 12/07/2008 11:04:49 AM PST by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: jws3sticks

The way you wrote it is correct for formal Arabic. Used when speaking in formal Arabic or praying or using it in a serious, religious sentence. Like insha2 allah amen.

It’s pronounced inshallah in dialect Arabic, for daily use. Like shufkun bukra inshallah. (See you tomorrow.)


27 posted on 12/07/2008 1:30:16 PM PST by forkinsocket
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To: SkyPilot

Have a happy Hajj! Please remember to swarm safely while you worship your rocks.


28 posted on 12/07/2008 6:41:06 PM PST by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: RansomOttawa
Wonder if they have Kabob vendors?

Just wondering what these people eat? Camel jerkey?

29 posted on 12/07/2008 6:50:09 PM PST by AGreatPer (Telling Obama all the secrets makes me sick)
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To: forkinsocket
Thanks friend for the kind reply.

If we see each other tomorrow or sooner or later, hopefully it will be with an uncounted number of virgins.

The more the merrier.

30 posted on 12/08/2008 5:50:27 AM PST by jws3sticks (Hillary can take a very long walk on a very short pier, anytime time, and the sooner the better!)
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