On Friday, 62 people are feared dead when a crane crashed in Mecca’s Grand Mosque, according to Saudi Arabia’s civil defence Twitter account, which came just weeks before the Muslim annual haj pilgrimage.Images circulating on social media depicts pilgrims in bloodied masses and robes of debris from a part of the crane that seemed to have crashed through a ceiling.
Authorities in Saudi to go great lengths to be prepared for the millions of Muslim from all over the world who converge on Mecca to perform the sacred pilgrimage.
In 2014, Saudi Arabia reduced the numbers allowed to perform haj for safety reasons because of construction work to enlarge the Grand Mosque.
Saudi Arabia the Grand Mosque in Mecca is the largest mosque in the world which surround the holiest place in Islam, the Kaaba. While performing namaz Muslims from all over the world face the Kaaba.
At least once in their life, 1 of the five pillars of Islam asks believers to visit Mecca, also it is custom to walk around the Kaaba.