NCC Grieves with Muslim Community in U.S., Worldwide

The National Council of Churches grieves with Muslims worldwide after hearing the news of the more than 700 worshipers who died in the tragedy that took place during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mina, a short distance outside of Mecca. It is especially tragic that these worshipers died during the Hajj, an event that carries intense spiritual and emotional power to Muslims.

We express our sadness also to our many Muslim partners here in the United States, who no doubt had faithful from their communities participating in the annual pilgrimage. We strive to celebrate with our Muslim friends in joyful times, and to also join them in grief when tragedies such as this strike.


Since its founding in 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA has been the leading force for shared ecumenical witness among Christians in the United States. The NCC's 37 member communions -- from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches -- include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.

NCC News contact: Steven D. Martin: 202.412.4323 or steven.martin@nationalcouncilofchurches.us