Eid al-Adha 2019: Muslims Observe Hajj With Stoning of the Devil

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2019

Bodies of 34 Bangladeshi and Nigerian pilgrims being attended to by accompanying relatives and Saudi authorities in Mina desert district, one of the hajj ritual venues.

Fuziah Salleh, the deputy minister in Malaysia's Prime Minister's Department, indicated that "most" of the sick pilgrims "had critical illnesses such as heart problems, infection of the lungs and tuberculosis, and were in a coma".

Numerous fatalities resulted from similar reasons and conditions.

Local news outlets learned from their respective governments that Islam adherents from the Philippines (5), Nigeria (9), Malaysia (9) Turkey (28), and Bangladesh (29) died during the holy Muslim event.

Almost two and a half million pilgrims, mostly from overseas, have arrived for the five-day ritual, a religious duty once in a lifetime for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it.

The head of the National Hajj Medical team, Dr. Ibrahim Kana, disclosed this to newsmen on Tuesday.

NCMF reports named the five Filipino hajj fatalities as Kiram Macapalao Rasuman, 62, male, from Lumba Bayabao, Lanao del Sur; Abdulnasser Hosain Banto, 62, from Taraka, Lanao del Sur; Bailani Sakandal Dalandas, 70, female, and Enting Tungao Kamensa, 66, male, both of Datu Piang, Maguindanao; and Sarapia Abalimbona Taha, 57, female, of Lumbayanague, Lanao del Sur.

The number of Nigerian pilgrims that have died in Saudi Arabia in this year's hajj exercise, which officially comes to an end today, has risen to 10.

A stampede trampled over 2,000 pilgrims to death in 2015, marking the deadliest hajj disaster. This marks the first day of the three-day Eid al-Adha holiday and the day Muslims on hajj take part in the symbolic stoning of the devil.

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