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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Rain from Ethiopia to Mecca

The rain is like a baptism

Heavy rain moving from east to the Arabian peninsula from the Ethiopian Mountains is pouring down on Mecca during this year's Hajj pilgrimage might be another sign from the generous and merciful God, Jesus Christ showing to the lost sheep the way, the only way, the truth and life to his kingdom?

Yesterday, November 25, rare, heavy rainstorms, the heaviest in 25 years, soaked pilgrims and flooded the road into Mecca, snarling Islam's annual hajj as millions of Muslims headed for the holy sites. The downpours add an extra hazard on top of intense concerns about the spread of swine flu.

Pilgrims in white robes holding umbrellas, some wearing face masks for fear of the flu, circled the black cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca, the opening rite for the hajj. But the shrine — Islam's holiest site — and the nearby, rain-soaked streets did not see the usual massive crowds, because many tried to stay inside nearby hotels or were caught up in the traffic jams heading into the city.

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