Located in Saudi Arabia, the Mecca is considered as Islam’s holiest site. While the place draws millions of Muslims from different corners of the globe each year, they had very unlikely visitors this time around.
As recent reports tell us, a massive swarm of locusts plagued the Great Mosque to the point that officials had to take action and immediately organize a large-scale operation. Authorities assembled 22 teams with 138 members each to deal with the problem. 111 pieces of equipment were used to decontaminate the area.
— رضا كربوسي (@r_kerbouci) January 8, 2019
“Specialized teams have been directed to work in the fight to eliminate these insects,” a statement tells us.
The workers, in face masks and green suits, sprayed insecticide around the area, focusing on locust breeding sites such as those near open water drains. Photos and videos posted on Twitter show us how severe the infestation was and according to observers, the insects’ numbers reached thousands!
بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
فَأَرْسَلْنَا عَلَيْهِمُ الطُّوفَانَ وَالْجَرَادَ وَالْقُمَّلَ وَالضَّفَادِعَ وَالدَّمَ آيَاتٍ مُّفَصَّلَاتٍ فَاسْتَكْبَرُوا وَكَانُوا قَوْمًا مُّجْرِمِين
— Ali tawil 🇱🇧 (@tawil__ali) January 8, 2019
They had insects scattered all over the area with some spotted on Mecca’s walls and others flying over people’s heads – and clinging to their clothes.
بــ #الصور | فرق الإصحاح البيئي التابعة لــ #امانة_العاصمة_المقدسة تعمل على رش حشرة الجنادب السوداء في مناهل و غرف تفتيش الصرف الصحي ودورات المياه المحيطة بساحات المسجد الحرام •#مكة_المكرمة #العاصمة_المقدسة pic.twitter.com/S6hoR57bWM
— أمانة العاصمة المقدسة (@holymakkah) January 7, 2019
Cleaners eventually identified the bugs as “black grasshoppers” and likewise explained the plague was caused by their migration.
حشرات طائرة تهاجم الحرم في #مكة_المكرمة بكثافة كبيرة في ظاهرة لا تخفى دلالتها أو رمزيتها ! اللهم طهر بيتك للطائفين والعاكفين، واجعله ولايته فيمن خافك واتقاك، وابتغى رضاك. pic.twitter.com/OZvNjUhq3F
— د. محمد الصغير (@drassagheer) January 7, 2019
Later on, local officials issued an official statement that read:
“We have harnessed all efforts available to speed up the eradication of the insects in the interest of the safety and comfort of guests to God’s house.”
The weird event has since attracted mixed reactions from netizens everywhere, with some describing the plague as one of “biblical proportions.” Authorities, however, continue to point out it all has to do with the insects’ migration and that they are doing their best to contain the situation and prevent further problems.
Well what are your thoughts about this, folks? Is this a sign of the times or merely a strange coincidence? Tell us about it in the comment section!
Chinese Middle Class Now Buying More US Residential Real Estate
Chinese consumers are investing in lower-priced properties in the United States.
Chinese consumers are following an interesting international trend. Although they are no longer interested in buying American gadgets like the iPhone, the Chinese middle class are investing in US residential real estate.
According to the National Association of Realtors, the Chinese have been the top foreign buyers in both units and dollar volume of residential housing for the past six years. Although they have started off with the pricey properties, Chinese consumers are now buying new, lower price tiers. Interestingly, the Chinese middle class has joined wealthier individuals in purchasing real estate in the United States.
The Chinese middle class are mostly interested in more affordable homes with mortgages.
Muslim Congresswoman Makes History by Wearing Hijab in US Congress
A refugee from Somalia, congresswoman Ilhan Omar just became the first to wear hijab in the House.
A Muslim woman just made history in the United States for wearing her hijab and swearing in on the Koran after getting elected to the Congress. Ilhan Omar, 37 years old, is now officially one of the two female Muslim members in the congress and she entered her office by breaking tradition. She's also the first Somali-American and the first female Muslim refugee elected into congress.
Omar, who arrived in the United States in 1995 after leaving war-torn Somalia, was elected to represent the fifth district of Minnesota. Since 1837, head coverings of all sorts were banned on the House floor.
Abortion Is Now Completely Legal In Ireland
The groundbreaking referendum has lifted a ban that has been around for 200 years.
The Republic of Ireland has made a decision about women's rights. As of today, it is completely legal to have an abortion in the republic for the first time in 200 years.
The procedure was first banned in Ireland back in 1861. This means that women who needed to get an abortion had to travel to other locations just to get the potentially life-saving procedure. However, the new referendum allowing the procedure has ended the ban after two centuries.
Women can now ask for an abortion if the pregnancy is life-threatening.