But Islam really is difficult to respect.
From National Geographic:
More than 700 people were crushed to death Thursday in a stampede just outside Mecca during the Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia that has been attended by millions of faithful over the centuries.
The incident in Mina, Saudi Arabia, was the latest in a series of tragedies that have marred the ritual journey to Islam’s holiest city, a journey that occasionally has turned deadly — typically because of the vast numbers of people who crowd into Mecca and nearby cities.
This year, believers were trampled to death during the last major ritual that pilgrims perform before entering Mecca, a city of more than 1.3 million people that is the birthplace of the prophet Muhammad. The tragedy occurred during the ceremonial Ramy al-Jamarat, or “stoning of the devil,” in which pilgrims toss rocks at three walls. Reports from Mina said it was unclear why the crowd there Thursday surged, causing the stampede.
Besides those killed, more than 800 were reported injured. It was the deadliest day for the Hajj since more than 1,400 pilgrims suffocated in a crowded tunnel near Mecca in 1990, also on the day of the stoning of the devil ritual.
In 2006, 340 people were killed and hundreds were injured after a stampede during the Ramy al-Jamarat ritual. Hundreds more have been killed during that rite over the years, with incidents occurring in 2004, 2003, 2001, 1994, and other years.
The core of this year’s Hajj began Tuesday and runs through Saturday, although many pilgrims extend the length of their pilgrimage and their visit to Mecca. The dates for the pilgrimage are set by the Islamic calendar, which follows lunar cycles.
The recent stampedes in Mina reflect how the Hajj has put increasing stress on Saudi Arabia’s infrastructure.I am sorry but if your religion kills off hundreds of pilgrims each year like this, you are not doing religion right. Religion is supposed to respect life. This one needs to work on that.