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Hajj Pilgrims Safe: Khan

Seventy-seven Fijian Muslims are counting their lucky stars after they were still in transit in Korea when a construction crane crashed through the roof of the Grand Mosque Masjid al-Haram
25 Sep 2015 10:30

Seventy-seven Fijian Muslims are counting their lucky stars after they were still in transit in Korea when a construction crane crashed through the roof of the Grand Mosque Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

They were travelling to Mecca for the Holy Pilgrimage (Hajj).

The crane, one of many around the mosque for the expansion work, collapsed 10 days before the Hajj, after a strong thunderstorm hit Mecca, killing 107 people and injuring at least 238.

The mosque is the largest in the world and surrounds Islam’s holiest site, the Kaaba shrine.

Fiji Muslim League national president Hafizud Dean Khan said: “Our people are safe and we thank  God for that.

“They were still in transit in Korea when the crane fell through the Mosque.”

Mr Khan said they would be returning home in two weeks time.

Toorak Masjid Imam, Maulana Faiyaz Ali Khan and his wife were among the lucky ones to have escaped the crash.

Maulana Faiyaz’s father Irshad Ali of Nakasi said they were thankful to the Almighty for their lives.

“It was an unfortunate incident which occurred during the holy month,” Mr Ali said.

“My son and daughter in law together with the group from Fiji arrived the next day after the incident happened.

“We were scared when we heard of the news but it was a relief when we were informed that our muslim and brothers from Fiji were safe,” he said.

The 70-year-old says Hajj is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in the lifetime of all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable.

“Hajj teaches a person patience, it also gives a person the chance to be absolved of his sins, to restart life.”

 

Feedback:  farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

 




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