MCS Mourns Loss of Life in Mina at Hajj
According to reports over 700 people have died in Mina with around 850 injured, it is currently unclear what caused the stampede which led to high number of deaths.
Mina is a large valley around 3 miles from Mecca, it has 160,000 tents which are used by pilgrims when they stay in Mina during part of the the pilgrimage.
Police Scotland send Condolences for Hajj Deaths
Police Scotland has offered its condolences to Scottish Muslims on the deaths resulting from a stampede in Mina during the Hajj pilgrimage.
Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone's message said:"
Police Scotland is deeply saddened to hear of the tragedy that has occurred at the annual Hajj pilgrimage near Mecca.On behalf of Police Scotland, I offer my sincerest condolences to the families ofthose who have died. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.Although we are not currently aware of any British citizens who have died in thisterrible accident, further information can be obtained via the Foreign andCommonwealth Office website at www.fco.gov.uk." Link to message.
Muslim Council of Scotland Joins Faith Leaders in Calling for Action on Refugee Crisis
Muslim Council of Scotland today joined with faith leaders in expressing deep concern at the ongoing refugee crisis.
Dr Salah Beltagui attended the emergency meeting on behallf of MCS, which was called by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on the morning of Friday 4th Sept at the Scottish Gov headquarters at the Quay Edinburgh.
At the meeting The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon responded to the humanitarian catastrophe taking place across Europe, declaring that Scotland stood ready to offer sanctuary to 1,000 refugees.
After the meeting faith leaders joined together to released a joint statement calling for a compassionate response to the crisis.
Our faiths instruct us not to fear the stranger, but to love our neighbour. We view the desperate situation facing refugees currently seeking sanctuary in Europe with growing alarm. We are compelled to speak out on this issue.
Our faiths in their different ways are rooted in the refugee experience, in what it means to be forced to leave a place where one's very existence is threatened in search of somewhere safer. Our scriptures teach the importance of love and compassion for all who are destitute. We are concerned by the dehumanising language used to describe people who are so desperate that they risk their lives, and we share the belief that all people have an inherent dignity and right to life.
We welcome the UK and Scottish governments' willingness to offer a safe haven to these desperate people. We urge them to back this with practical action to help as many refugees as possible, and we call on our communities to support this and make them welcome.
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