A Muslim scholar has declared that those killed in the Mecca crane disaster are headed straight to paradise. Dr. Hojjat Ramzy, an imam and director of the Oxford Islamic Information Centre, UK, 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 was quoted as saying by leading British paper, The Independent..
“This is great honour from God that every one wishes for but not many will be granted.”
Dr Ramzy said that, according to the Koran, “there is no reward for the accepted hajj except paradise”, and added: “Many Muslim pilgrims wish to pass away during the journey of hajj and to have honour of being buried in the holy city of Mecca.”
A crane at the Grand Mosque in Mecca collapsed over the weekend, killing 107 and injuring over 200.
The Saudi King Salman has promised a public inquiry into the cause of the crane collapse, which also. Officials have defended safety measures at the construction site, and said the accident occurred during a fierce thunderstorm.
King Salman and the imam of the Grand Mosque visited some of those injured in the accident on Saturday evening and Sunday.
The king was accompanied by his son, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
Many of those in hospital face the prospect of being unable to begin this year’s pilgrimage when it starts around 22 September. Grand Mosque imam Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Sudais told the injured pilgrims that they would be spiritually rewarded for the intention to perform the hajj even if they were not physically there.