A Brief History
On September 11, 2015, the city of Mecca, the holiest city within the religion of Islam, was the scene of a horrific accident when a crane collapsed at the Masjid al-Haram, also known as The Great Mosque, killing 111 and injuring another 394 people.
The deadliest crane collapse in history, the deceased victims included believers from 12 different nations, as devout Muslims were preparing for the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
We have previously discussed notable disasters that struck religious gatherings or places of worship, and again we ask you, “What do these disasters mean?” Do you believe God is somehow testing or punishing his own believers? Are these incidents mere coincidences? Please share your opinions with us.
Question for students (and subscribers): What is the worst religion related disaster you can think of? Please let us know in the comments section below this article.
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For more information, please see…
Ford, Katherine. God Hates Religion! Tate Publishing, 2013.
Hawes, Jennifer Berry. Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness. St. Martin’s Press, 2019.
The featured image in this article, a photograph by Imam Khairul Annas of Masjid al-Haram with cranes similar to the one involved in the accident, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.
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