CAIR Offers Condolences on Deaths of Hajjis
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/12/06) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today offered its condolences to the families of those who died in a stampede during religious observances in the city of Mina, Saudi Arabia. Authorities say 345 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured in the stampede at the climax of the annual Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.
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.