CAIR Condolences on Deaths of Hajj Pilgrims

Washington, DC: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has offered its condolences to the families of those who died in a stampede during religious observances in the city of Mina, Saudi Arabia. In a statement, CAIR Board Chairman Parvez Ahmed said:
“We offer sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of all those who died or were injured in this tragic incident, and pray that the remaining pilgrims return home safely.”
Ahmed also said the incident should be investigated fully in order to prevent similar tragedies during future pilgrimages.
Millions of Muslims from all over the world travel to the holy sites each year to participate in the pilgrimage. Hajj is one of the “five pillars” of the Islamic faith. (The other pillars include a declaration of faith, daily prayers, offering regular charity, and fasting during the month of Ramadan.) Pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for those who have the physical and financial ability to undertake the journey.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.



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