MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Two giant waves of Muslim pilgrims collided at an intersection Thursday near a holy site in Saudi Arabia, and more than 700 people were crushed and trampled to death in the worst disaster at the hajj in a quarter-century.
“People were climbing over one another just to breathe,” said Abdullah Lotfy of Egypt. “It was like a wave. You go forward and suddenly you go back.”
The hajj, which drew 2 million people from over 180 countries this year, is a huge logistical challenge for Saudi Arabia. The kingdom has spent billions of dollars to accommodate the growing number of pilgrims and maintain safety and security at Islam’s holy cities of Mecca and Medina for the annual event.
Saudi authorities began an investigation, said Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki, adding that initial reports showed two crowds coming from opposing directions converged at an intersection in Mina, on the outskirts of Mecca, when the pushing and shoving started.
“Unfortunately, these incidents happen in a moment,” al-Turki said at a news conference.
But four survivors questioned how officials managing the flow of people could allow two big crowds going in different directions to intersect on two streets packed with pilgrims.
“What happened was more than they were ready for,” Lotfy, 44, told The Associated Press.
Hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims make their way to cast stones at a pillar symbolizing the s …
As of late Thursday, the Saudi civil defense directorate said the death toll was 719, but that probably would rise as bodies continued to be counted and sent to the morgue. At least 863 people were injured, the directorate said.
An AP journalist saw bodies still lying on the ground more than 10 hours after the crush and ensuing stampede in Mina, a large valley containing 160,000 tents for accommodations about 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Mecca.
One crowd had just finished a ritual in which pilgrims throw pebbles at three stone columns representing the devil when it ran into another wave of people heading to perform the rite.
Sudanese pilgrim Mohammed Awad, 36, and his 56-year-old father were separated when people began pushing and shoving. Awad said he tried to get out of the crush of bodies for about 30 minutes and eventually climbed over a gate with others. It took him an hour before he could look for his father, who was under at least 10 bodies — but still alive.
“You can’t count how many bodies there were. They were stacked high,” Awad said.
Amateur video on social media showed scores of bodies — many still dressed in the simple terry cloth garments worn during hajj — lying amid crushed wheelchairs and water bottles on a sunbaked street.
Members of Saudi civil defense try to rescue pilgrims following a crush caused by large numbers of p …
Helicopters circled Mina throughout the day, ferrying the injured to hospitals, while military police blocked the streets where the deaths took place.
Saudi Arabia takes great pride in its role as the caretaker of Islam’s holiest sites and host to millions of Muslims who must perform the hajj at least once in their lives. Signs posted around Mecca tell pilgrims that Saudi Arabia is honored to serve them, and the Saudi king takes the title of “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques” in reference to the sites in Mecca and Medina.
About 100,000 security forces were deployed to manage the crowds and provide security for this year’s hajj, with 5,000 CCTV cameras throughout Mecca and Medina.
Over the years, the Saudi government has expanded Mecca’s Grand Mosque that houses Islam’s most sacred site, the cube-shaped Kaaba. The government also uses sophisticated face-counting technology installed at a multistory structure in Mina known as the Jamarat Bridge, near where the tragedy occurred. The wide ramps and technology are designed to ease the pressure of the crowds and prevent pilgrims from being trampled.
Unlike the wide ramps leading to Jamarat, the streets amid the tents in Mina are narrow. The street where the accident took place is about 12 meters (36 feet) wide, with tall gates to the left and right. Behind the gates are the tents of hajj tour groups, organized by nationality.
Get ready for the wave! The “crown jewel” of our scientific research into Ascension has come in for a landing, quite unexpectedly, since we got to Canada on a writers’ retreat for the month of September.
This new data, which will be fully presented in our upcoming 2016 book, lends powerful new evidence to the idea that a spontaneous celestial event will massively alter life on earth as we know it.
The timing of these events is fluid in nature and depends upon our mass consciousness — so even the best estimates are only informed speculation.
Nonetheless, a shocking new burst of prophetic data came through that indicated we are only looking at “a few” years after 2012 as our main window.
Hardly anyone is talking about this “energetic tsunami” and hardly anyone will believe it. That doesn’t change the fact that the evidence in favor of this is huge.
Some have consistently argued in favor of a “gradual” model, with no sudden event happening at once, but in light of the new data that is very unlikely.
So let’s dive in and go for it! The water is fine… as long as you are not wicked!
THE BIBLE CONTAINS PROFOUND MYSTERIES NOT YET UNDERSTOOD
This quest started by digging deeper into the Bible than ever before — and looking for every quote I could find that was related to Ascension.
What astonished me was that by simply reading the main books of the New Testament — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John — it became clear that references are consistently being dropped to a massive celestial event in our own imminent future.
Although “no one knoweth the hour, nor the day,” there are plenty of signs that we are closing in on the “moment of truth” itself.
The prophecies clearly indicate this event is of profound personal and spiritual significance — tantamount to a transfiguration of what it means to be human.
It is a natural evolutionary leap, built into the basic design of the universe, intended to ensure we don’t stay stuck in a negative rut for too long.
Your letters tell us one of the strongest points of our material has always been the verifiable scientific data we present in favor of this mysterious concept.
That case has now grown by leaps and bounds in only one month. It is going to take time to integrate it all together in a responsible, presentable fashion.
This is just a preliminary announcement that a major breakthrough has been made, along with a brief presentation of some of the new data.
THIS IS A MULTI-CULTURAL, MULTI-LATERAL DATASET
This data correlates remarkably well with information that can be found in a variety of different ancient traditions — many of which I did not find until this month.
It truly feels as if I have been “flying blind” this whole time. It is unbelievable. And it all started with popping one wordinto the search engines.
For whatever reason, I had never been guided to do this research before now.
Had I bothered to go looking for this data before, it would have profoundly affected all of my previous works, lectures and articles.
In upcoming lectures and my book on Ascension that is due out next year, I will be able to prove that many independent ancient cultures predicted an event.
This “event” is said to involve a huge flash of light from the sun. It is somehow multidimensional. After this event happens, life as we know it is permanently altered.
Unless you are trending heavily towards the negative in your personality — i.e. manipulative, controlling and selfish — this will be a very positive event.
If you are routinely getting angry at people, feeling attacked and defensive and confronting them, I would highly recommend changing those behaviors.
A 15-YEAR TIME LOOP WAS JUST THE CHERRY ON TOP
If you are a long-time reader of this site, then you know I very actively did benevolent psychic readings from December 1996 to mid-2000.
It quickly tapered off after that as my life became ever-increasingly traumatic and stressful. This occurred as I started reading up on the “Illuminati.”
Dreams and readings from 15 years ago have now revealed a “time loop” that identified dozens of specific, precise details within my immediate present.
The loop told me I needed to go through a 15-year series of crushingly difficult initiations to be prepared to receive the full story of “the event.”
I discovered the loop after arriving in Banff as of September 1st, 2015, when I was gently guided to go back and read my dream transcripts from March 2000.
Almost immediately, I encountered shockingly specific references to my current geographical location, as well as what I was thinking, seeing and doing now.
These events and connections are so precise as to demolish any possibility of coincidence, and have caused me to experience staggering cosmic highs.
I have had many “time loops” before, but this one is particularly shocking — and includes published data that was time-stamped to the year 2000 on this website.
THE SIMPLE QUESTION IS WHY?
If you are a regular reader of this site or others such as Vigilant Citizen, you are well aware that we are being practically drowned in occult imagery from “pop culture.”
The Cabal or so-called “Illuminati” are becoming ever more blatant in their display of what most would consider satanic symbolism.
One simple question keeps coming up: Why?
Why do they hate the epic hero story and teachings of Jehoshuah so much?
At this point… honestly…. what’s the big deal? Does it really even matter anymore?
Why keep pounding us with the same message, over and over again, when the damage has already been done?
Why would they be so angry about this one religion that they still hammer it as hard as they can… day after day, week after week, year after year?
We have arrived at a point in our nation’s history that will define how our future will unfold. There are now only two Roads left to take:
The First Road continues our relentless pursuits of power, control and manipulation that can only spell destruction in our future: destruction of our liberties, destruction of our prosperity and destruction of our moral compass. For too long our CONTROLLERS have lied, cheated and stolen their way to the top only to discover that WE THE PEOPLE have been left behind in the process.
The Second Road completely destroys the global fiat monetary system erasing all forms of false wealth, false power and false governance. It is truly a Creative Destruction Event that has never been witnessed in the history of mankind. All paper and electronic debt forms of wealth will evaporate in the blink of an eye completely leveling the playing field in order to rebuild our monetary structures from the ground up. It is a lesson to be learned the hard way but it is a necessary lesson in order to create a new future for our country. A future built on hard work, complete honesty and good will towards others.
Down this Road our Founding Father’s ideals patiently await our return…
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Our Country is standing at the Crossroads…the only question left is which Road we will Choose?