“I wish I had died in the accident, as it happened at a holy hour and in a holy place”
That Mecca crane accident was apparently a really lucky accident. And some unlucky pilgrims are sad that they missed the “getting crushed to death by a crane” ferry to the 72 virgins afterlife.
“I wish I had died in the accident, as it happened at a holy hour and in a holy place,” Egyptian pilgrim Mohammed Ibrahim told AFP.
Considering shoddy Saudi construction and safety standards, and the widespread use of slave labor, you might get your chance, pilgrim. Just stick around Mecca long enough and a crane can fall on you too.
The collapse of a crane at the Grand Mosque in Mecca was not a disaster but “a blessing in disguise” for the 107 people killed, according to a British Muslim leader.
Dr Hojjat Ramzy, an imam and director of the Oxford Islamic Information Centre, said he was “very saddened” to hear about the deaths and offered condolences to the families of those killed.
“But in the same breath, I would like to congratulate those people who lost their lives for going straight to heaven without any question,” he said.