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  Stoning of the Devil - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Stoning of the Devil or stoning of the jamarat (Arabic: ramy al-jamarāt) is part of the annual Islamic Hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
All three jamarat represent the devil: the first and largest represents his temptation of Abraham against sacrificing Ishmael, the second represents the temptation of Abraham's wife Hagar to induce her to stop him, and the third represents his temptation of Ishmael to avoid being sacrificed.
The stoning of the three Jamarat is in essence, the trampling upon the despots and waging war against all of them.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Stoning_of_the_devil   (1035 words)

 Incidents during the Hajj - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The worst of the incidents have happened during the ritual stoning of the devil.
On March 5, 2001, 35 pilgrims were trampled to death in a stampede during the stoning of the Devil ritual.
The stoning ritual is the most dangerous part of the pilgrimage because the ritual can cause people to be crushed, particularly as they traverse the massive two-layer flyover-style Jamarat Bridge that affords access to the pillars.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Incidents_during_the_Hajj   (959 words)

 OpinionJournal - Taste
Ancient Arab poets questioned the stones about the fragility of human life but recognized too that even stones, despite their solidity, will be eaten away by time.
The Black Stone itself, whose origin and significance are obscure--it is perhaps a meteorite fragment--is a cultic object of great prestige, though few pilgrims could explain why.
The stoning is an explicit rejection of evil in the most tactile way; it is a final stage of purification and the culmination of the pilgrimage.
www.opinionjournal.com /taste?id=110004658   (856 words)

 Islam Online - Hajj - Fiqh of Hajj   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The pilgrims return to Mina on the 10th, and throw seven pebbles at a stone pillar that represents the devil.
The devil is a real malicious enemy to mankind in general and Muslims in particular; he wants to fetter and chain them with sins and disobedience and to do what may invalidate their pilgrimage through whispering to them as he tried to whisper to Prophet Abraham (Ibrahim), peace and blessing be upon him.
For this, throwing the pebbles to stone Satan is a sign of following the act of Prophet Abraham, peace and blessing be upon him, and a way to degrade and humiliate Satan and show him that he is unable to misguide the pilgrim or drag him into the hole of sinning.
www.islamonline.net /English/hajj/2002/01/wisdom/article7.shtml   (240 words)

 What Is Stoning the Devil? -- Beliefnet.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The stoning of the Devil is one of the most important rituals of the Hajj.
The stoning of the Devil ritual reenacts part of the story of Abraham and his sacrifice of his son.
The pillars actually become the Devil for many pilgrims, and people can be heard screaming, "Because of you, I did..." It can also be particularly dangerous, as recent news reports have shown, because of the sheer number of pilgrims doing the same thing at the same time.
www.beliefnet.com /story/139/story_13955_1.html   (424 words)

 Print Article: Pilgrims continue stoning in wake of deadly stampede
Abdullah was one of nearly 250 pilgrims injured in yesterday's stampede during the often perilous "stoning of the devil" ritual that killed 251 worshippers this year.
The crowd got out of control yesterday as people moved along a wide ramp leading to the "stoning of the devil" ritual - where pilgrims throw pebbles at three stone pillars, symbolising their contempt for the devil.
After the stoning rituals are completed, the pilgrims have to walk around the Kaaba, the fl cubic structure in the centre of Mecca's Grand Mosque, to finish the haj.
www.smh.com.au /cgi-bin/common/popupPrintArticle.pl?path=/articles/2004/02/03/1075570388175.html   (657 words)

 The Manila Times Internet Edition | TOP STORIES > 244 people trampled to death as Haj pilgrims stampede during ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The ritual “stoning of the devil” was interrupted for two and a half hours before resuming at noon (0900 GMT), he said.
“Stoning the devil” marked the last stage of the Haj, as Muslims around the world celebrated the first day of Eid al-Adha, or Fast of the Sacrifice.
To cries of “Allahu Akbar,” or God is Greatest, the faithful throw seven small stones at each of the three 18-meter high pillars standing 155 meters apart.
www.manilatimes.net /national/2004/feb/02/yehey/top_stories/20040202top6.html   (877 words)

 The Dilbert Blog: The Devil   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Expert stone throwers who routinely pelt the guys who occupy their land, and so are probably so strong by now that they underestimate their own power and overshoot and end up hitting some other poor bastards on the other side of this devil monument thing.
An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case.
The Devil is responsible for all the shit that goes on in the middle eastern part on the world.
dilbertblog.typepad.com /the_dilbert_blog/2006/01/the_devil.html   (8757 words)

 FirstCoast News.com - Print Article
Muslim pilgrims perform a symbolic stoning of the devil as they throw pebbles at a pillar at center, in Mina, just outside the city of Mecca, during the annual Muslim pilgrimage of hajj, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004.
MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Nearly 250 Muslim worshipers died in a hajj stampede Sunday during the annual stoning of Satan ritual in one of the deadliest tragedies at the notoriously perilous ceremony.
The stoning ritual also marked the first day of Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, celebrated at the hajj and around the Muslim world with the slaughtering of a camel, cow or sheep.
www.firstcoastnews.com /printfullstory.aspx?storyid=14237   (702 words)

 BBC NEWS | Middle East | Pilgrims begin 'satan stoning' ritual
In Mina, the devil is represented by three giant concrete pillars.
The stoning continues over the next three days and after completing the ritual, pilgrims circle the Kaaba - a cube-shaped stone structure at the centre of Mecca's Grand Mosque - seven times.
After the stoning ritual, pilgrims may celebrate the start of the Eid al-Adha, or feast of sacrifice, by slaughtering a camel, a cow or a sheep.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/middle_east/2748043.stm   (356 words)

 Ending the Hajj - special report - news - channel4.com
Today's symbolic stoning of the devil is of the final and most iconic of rituals.
The crowds threw stones at the one of the three pillars in Mina, on the outskirts of Mecca - symbolising the times Abraham is said to have rebuked the devil for trying to break his faith.
After stoning the devil those who shave their heads return to the great mosque in mecca for more prayers.
www.channel4.com /news/special-reports/special-reports-storypage.jsp?id=1497   (266 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > World -- Pilgrims begin ritualistic stoning of the devil
More than two million pilgrims are in Mina to throw stones at its pillars on the second day of the annual hajj pilgrimage which is one of the most sacred duties of the Muslim faith, required at least once for every able bodied Muslim who can afford it.
MINA, Saudi Arabia – Shuffling slowly but smoothly, huge crowds of people hurled pebbles Thursday at pillars representing Satan, symbolically stoning the devil in a final ritual of their pilgrimage, while Muslims at the hajj and around the world slaughtered sheep, cows and camels to mark the Feast of the Sacrifice holiday.
Most of the 2 million pilgrims were expected to begin carrying out the ritual later in the day, historically one of the most dangerous because of stampedes as pilgrims elbow their way close to the pillars, then return to Mecca to circle the holy Kaaba in the final ritual of the pilgrimage.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/world/20050120-0427-saudi-hajj.html   (713 words)

 Indiainfo.com -> News -> World -> Haj stampede: Three Indians among 14 dead
Dubai: Three Indians, including two women from Andhra Pradesh, were among the 14 Haj pilgrims trampled to death on February 11 in a stampede during a ritual "stoning of the devil" in Mina in Saudi Arabia.
The three-day stoning ritual, marking the first day of Id-ul-Adha and the last stage of the annual pilgrimage has been a flashpoint for stampedes over the past few years.
During the "stoning of Satan", pilgrims hurl seven stones every day for three days at each of the three 18-metre high concrete pillars that symbolise Satan.
news.indiainfo.com /2003/02/11/11haj.html   (397 words)

 2.5 million drawn to Mecca as Muslims begin symbolic stoning of the devil   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Muslim pilgrims throw stones at a pillar representing the devil during the hajj, in Mina, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday.
MINA, Saudi Arabia -- Tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims began hurling pebbles at three huge stone pillars before dawn Tuesday in the symbolic stoning of the devil, one of the final rituals of Islam's hajj which has drawn more than 2.5 million people to the holy city of Mecca.
The decree was an attempt to ease the terrible crowding at the site of the stoning, the al-Jamarat, where hundreds of pilgrims have died in stampedes over the past quarter century.
www.canada.com /topics/news/story.html?id=ba258a4e-283b-402a-9cc6-3c1661f70d94&k=26011   (577 words)

 Gulfnews: Tens of thousands of faithful begin stoning the devil in Mina
Pilgrims walk toward a pillar representing the devil to throw stones at it.
Mina, Saudi Arabia: Tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims began hurling pebbles at three huge stone pillars before dawn yesterday in the symbolic stoning of the devil, one of the final rituals of Haj which has drawn more than two million people to Makkah.
The seven pebbles thrown at the pillars yesterday were from 49 collected by each pilgrim, with 21 of the stones to be cast both today and tomorrow.
archive.gulfnews.com /articles/06/01/11/10010893.html   (373 words)

 Devil-stoning ritual caps Hajj - Breaking News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Millions of white robed pilgrims have thrown pebbles at pillars, symbolically stoning the devil in an act of purification - an old ritual made safer this year after extensive remodeling helped reduce the congestion that has led to fatal stampedes in the past.
After the stoning, most pilgrims walked directly to a slaughter yard where they butchered a sheep, either with their own hands or by asking an attendant to do so.
The pilgrimage begins with the circling of the Kaaba, the large cubic stone structure in Mecca that Muslims face during their five daily prayers.
www.theage.com.au - !http: //www.theage.com.au/news/Breaking-News/Devilstoning-ritual-caps-Hajj/2005/01/21/1106110931758.html   (883 words)

 Telegraph | News | 244 pilgrims die in Mecca stampede   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
At least 244 people were trampled to death by their fellow Muslim pilgrims yesterday when a stampede swept through an immense crowd outside Mecca for the climactic ritual of the annual Haj pilgrimage.
The traditional "stoning of the devil" is the pilgrimage's last and most dangerous rite.
The "stoning the devil" ritual had to be halted for more than two hours.
www.telegraph.co.uk /news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/02/02/whajj02.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/02/02/ixnewstop.html   (629 words)

 New Page 1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Last year, about 35 Muslims died in a stampede while performing a ritual called "stoning of the devil." Stampedes in 1994 and 1998 killed and injured hundreds of people, and in the most deadly tragedy related to the hajj, 1,426 pilgrims died in a stampede in 1990.
After the stoning, from giant ramps that surround three pillars symbolizing the devil, the pilgrims slaughter a camel, sheep or cow to mark the beginning of Eid al-Adha, or the "Feast of the Sacrifice."
Recognizing that the stoning of the devil was among the most hazardous rituals for the pilgrims, authorities have over the past few years expanded the areas leading to the pillars, erected giant ramps to facilitate access and reviewed how the pilgrims move toward them.
www.weeklytrust.com /intl4.htm   (589 words)

 The Michigan Daily Online   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Muslims rushing to fulfill a ritual known as "stoning the devil" set off a huge stampede yesterday that reportedly killed 150 pilgrims, most of them elderly, on the last day of the annual pilgrimage known as the hajj.
The pilgrims were preparing for a ritual known as "stoning the devil," in which they hurl pebbles at three pillars symbolizing the temptations of Satan.
In 1994, 270 pilgrims, most of them Indonesians, were killed in a similar stampede during the stoning of the devil ritual.
www.pub.umich.edu /daily/1998/apr/04-10-98/news/news13.html   (745 words)

 Kaaba on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Black Stone, possibly of meteoric origin, is located at one of its outside corners.
Worn hollow by the centuries of veneration, the stone is held together by a wide silver band.
Hajj peaks with stoning of devil, circling of Kaaba in Mecca
www.encyclopedia.com /html/K/Kaaba.asp   (782 words)

 TheStar.com - Hundreds die in hajj panic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
In the stoning ritual, all the pilgrims must pass a series of three “pillars” called al-Jamarat, which represent the devil and which the faithful pelt with stones to purge themselves of sin.
The site in the desert of Mina outside the holy city of Mecca is a notorious bottleneck in the weeklong pilgrimage and has seen deadly incidents in seven of the past 17 years, including a stampede in 1990 that killed 1,426 people and one in 2004 that killed 244.
The three-day stoning ritual in particular is a nightmarish problem in crowd dynamics.
www.thestar.com /NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1137066009649&call_pageid=968332188492&StarSource=RSS   (1344 words)

 Shia News | Middle East | Pilgrims continue hajj rituals after 35 stampede deaths   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Nearly 2 million pilgrims on Tuesday threw pebbles at pillars in a symbolic stoning of the devil at a site where 35 Muslims performing the ritual were crushed and trampled to death a day earlier.
On Tuesday, crowds of pilgrims moved patiently along the giant ramps surrounding the three stone pillars symbolizing the devil at which the faithful cast seven pebbles.
Hundreds of hajj participants have been killed in stampedes in recent years, in several cases at the stoning the devil ritual.
www.shianews.com /hi/middle_east/news_id/0000412.php   (746 words)

 244 Muslims killed in Saudi' stoning the devil' stampede - The Washington Times: World   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
MINA, Saudi Arabia — At least 244 persons were trampled to death and hundreds were hurt yesterday under a crush of worshippers in one of the deadliest disasters during the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
The stampede occurred during the stoning of the devil, an emotional and notoriously perilous hajj ritual.
Pilgrims frantically throw rocks, shout insults or hurl their shoes at three stone pillars — acts that are supposed to demonstrate deep disdain for Satan.
www.washtimes.com /world/20040202-122410-4614r.htm   (623 words)

 Israpundit: Stoning the Devil?
I would have thought it so much simpler to stone each other - that way they achieve the same result with out the stampedes!...
Stoning the devil means that the devil is necessarily outside of oneself.
He would fight that devil the best he could, and possibly God would help him, then, giving the final push.
www.israpundit.com /archives/2006/01/stoning_the_dev.php   (188 words)

 BBC NEWS | Middle East | Fourteen killed in Hajj stampede
The official said the incident happened during the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual in Mina, just outside Mecca.
The incident comes despite extra precautions taken by the Saudi authorities to try to prevent a recurrence of the stampedes which have claimed hundreds of lives in recent years.
The pilgrimage, which takes Muslims in the footsteps of Mohammed, Islam's 7th Century prophet, is the biggest annual mass movement of people on the planet.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/middle_east/2749231.stm   (453 words)

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