We are deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of so many people in Mina today whilst performing Hajj - indeed, to Allah we belong, and indeed unto Him we will return. Our prayers and sympathies are with their families, and with those who are injured.

On this day of Eid al-Adha, when Muslims around the world are normally celebrating, the pilgrims are completing the rites of Hajj, this great pillar of Islam. They devoted the previous day and night prayer and contemplation, gathered in their millions in humility before God. In midst of today's tragedy, our consolation is the hope that God has granted them His forgiveness, and will gather them in Heaven in eternal peace.