Asra Nomani: “I Survived a Hajj Stampede”

In all of these incidents, spokesmen for the government blamed “divine” predetermination.

Unfortunately, the Saudis put forward a theological directive that to die in Mecca during the hajj is a “blessing,” and people will sometimes abandon personal safety for faith, creating dangerous situations for those like myself who aren’t particularly interested in dying. As a new mother on the pilgrimage, I knew that I didn’t want to lose my son to human caprice after I had overcome so much to bring him into the world. But I had chosen to take the risk, over the more sensible protests of my mother and friends.

Silly woman brought her baby, nearly got it killed.

UPDATE: Look, here’s another one. Are these people trying to get their babies dead?

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