Its that time of year again. Where the faithful, flock to the holy land to fulfill their covenant with the spiritual entity overseeing their lives. Every year Muslims go to Mecca and every year the Haj is plagued by stories of stampede related deaths. The question is why? Why are people in such a rush to finish an element of the haj that it leads to the deaths of others. Why is something so easily avoidable a common occurence every year?
Whilst i am sure the pious would claim they have died in the service of God, I cant help but to question if that is truly the will of God. Whilst God does move in mysterious ways, mankind and its desire to advance in such a rushed manner is more to blame for the fatalities around the world.