Skip to comments.CNNís Zain Verjee: Obama Inauguration Like Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca
Posted on 01/20/2009 12:42:57 PM PST by Pyro7480
CNN correspondent Zain Verjee, in a report posted on CNN.com on January 17, likened the expected large crowds for the inauguration of Barack Obama to the Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca: The coming political pilgrimage to Washington is similar to another grand event in both size and preparation -- the Hajj, the most important religious pilgrimage in the Muslim world.
Verjee has personal experience of the Hajj, as she belongs to the Ismaili branch of Shiite Islam. She filed a web log for CNN of her experience on the pilgrimage in 2005. During her report, she emphasized how security is [a]t the heart of the planning for both the Hajj and on Inauguration Day. The CNN correspondent featured a clip of author Michael Wolfe, a convert to Islam, who claimed that security forces in Saudi Arabia do have lessons to teach us in crowd control and in caring for large numbers of visitors in a modern city.
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Lol...can it get any worse than this? Wait...don’t answer that...
This is crap. They are trying to mainstream crap. I call it for what it is. CRAP!
These drooling imbiciles have found their Jesus Christ, and he ain’t the one from Nazareth.
Yeah it is, in more ways than one.
Hopefully in the sense that you only have to endure one in a lifetime.
I'm willing to forgive her though... ahem.
Monsterous chunky hurling time.
This escapade absolutely defies all logic.
I wonder how his step brother in a hut
or his aunt in the slum FEELS like now.
The only shocker left is...Michelle Obama really is Aunt Ester!
Not quite, Hain.
On July 2, 1990, a stampede inside a pedestrian tunnel (Al-Ma'aisim tunnel) leading out from Mecca towards Mina and the Plains of Arafat led to the deaths of 1,426 pilgrims.
On May 23, 1994, a stampede killed at least 270 pilgrims at the stoning of the Devil ritual.
On April 9, 1998, at least 118 pilgrims were trampled to death and 180 injured in an incident on Jamarat Bridge. 
On March 5, 2001, 35 pilgrims were trampled to death in a stampede during the stoning of the Devil ritual.
On February 11, 2003, the stoning of the Devil ritual claimed 14 pilgrims' lives. 
On February 1, 2004, 251 pilgrims were killed and another 244 injured in a stampede during the stoning ritual in Mina. 
2006 stampede: Hundreds dead in Hajj stampede On January 12, 2006, a stampede during the ritual ramy al-jamarāt on the last day of the Hajj in Mina killed at least 346 pilgrims and injured at least 289 more
Zain, that is.
I actually agree with the commentator. We have normal inaugurations - and then we have this one inauguration that’s like a pilgrimage to Mecca. Like Muslim pilgrims, Obama’s followers are on a quest to prostrate themselves before their idol.
The news on Wall Street, the ticket tape, didn’t think it was MECCA.
I was thinking Aunt Jemima but at least she can bake.
Maybe the reporter was refering to the teeming masses of humanity A friend also went on the Hajj and he said the police there in Mecca were pretty heavy-handed.
I agree with that assessment -- throngs of the mindless revolving around a central false idea.
Modern city? Muslims have modern cities?
I saw the pictures of the tent city outside of Mecca.
Didn't look like any "modern city" I've ever seen.
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