On the anniversary of the horrific 9/11 terror attacks against the World Trade Center and other targets, some are calling a deadly accident at the Grand Mosque in Mecca nothing less than divine payback.
A crane crashed into the building on Friday, leaving 65 dead and injuring another 154, according to initial estimates. The crane reportedly came down due to “strong winds” in the area. Heavy rains and even a lightning strike were also reported.
The mosque was even more crowded than usual because of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca by millions of Muslims this time of year, known as Hajj.
The mosque was built around the Kaaba shrine, where Abraham and his son Ishmael are believed to have built a house over 3,000 years ago. Devout Muslims are required to visit Mecca during Hajj at least once during their life and circle the Kaaba seven times.
Officially named the Masjid al-Haram, the Grand Mosque’s 88.2 acres make it the largest in the world. An expansion of the mosque to allow more than 1.6 million attendees began in 2011 and was scheduled to be completed in 2020, RT news reported.
Rescue workers from Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense department were reportedly at the site, as were personnel from Saudi Red Crescent and Health Affairs.
This is video reportedly taken during the crash itself (H/T WZ):
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Claims that these deaths were an act of divine retribution against Islam for 9/11 have already been heard, and many more will undoubtedly follow.
We won’t echo those claims here — but it is a solid principle of Scripture that one reaps what one sows, and in recent years, radical Islam has sown the seeds of rape, murder, torture, idolatry, dishonesty, sexual enslavement and various other forms of barbaric and sinful brutality.
Those acts always have consequences — if not in this world, then certainly in the next.
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