Disavowal of Pagans ritual started in this sacred desert on Tuesday attended by a huge group of Iranian pilgrims.
The pilgrims chanted anti-US and anti-Zionist slogans during the ceremony also attended by the Supreme Leader’s representative for Hajj affairs, Hojatoleslam Mohammad Mohammadi Reyshahri.
“God is Great,” “There is no Deity but Allah,” “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” were among the slogans chanted by the masses in unison as they gathered in the Desert of Arafat, 20 km (12 miles) from Mecca, for a day of prayer and meditation.
The faithful — men clad in two-piece seamless white shrouds and women all covered except for their hands and faces to symbolize equality — converged on Arafat by bus and on foot from the tent city of Mina, where they spent the night.
“…men clad in two-piece seamless white shrouds and women all covered except for their hands and faces to symbolize equality…” To “symbolize equality.” That’s rich.
* You get the impression from this article that Muslims somehow have a natural ‘right’ to slaughter animals in the most barbaric way:
SMITHFIELD, N.C. — Hundreds of Muslim families don’t have a place to perform a religious ceremony to start the three-day Islamic holiday, Eid al-Adha.
A Johnston County judge refused Tuesday to lift a ban on a farmer hosting a mass slaughter of lambs on Wednesday, the first day of a holiday also known as the Festival of Sacrifice.
Judge Tom Lock barred the slaughter at a farm owned by Eddie Rowe at the request of state agriculture officials, who said the farm does not have proper sanitary facilities.
Several Muslim families from Wake and Johnston counties asked the judge use the U.S. Constitution to eliminate a ban they said hinders religious practices.
Lock said the ban doesn’t prevent the free exercise of religion because the families are allowed to slaughter their own lambs at a state-licensed facility.