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Hajj: Linking Muslims with the Abrahamic heritage   
I have been on the pilgrimage to Mecca three times in my life: once during the annual hajj season and twice during the off-season. This has left me savvy as I try to negotiate the physical hurdles, including massive crowds and the heat, while performing the pilgrimage rituals.

With the pilgrimage I hope to refill my always empty spiritual cup by praying and reflecting in peace. The best time to visit the Kaaba and do this, I have come to realize, is after midnight.

The Kaaba is the imperfect cube structure that is the center of the Grand Mosque in Mecca and is at the epicenter of the pilgrimage rites. After midnight, the crowds thin out, the heat is less oppressive and I can have a little space to sit quietly on the steps of the courtyard surrounding the Kaaba and reflect.

The Kaaba, draped in black silk cloth embroidered with Koranic calligraphy, is brilliantly lit at night. Even late, scores of pilgrims are circling the structure. The sounds of the Koranic verses they are reciting wash over me like ocean waves. There is the faint odor of a detergent that was used to wash down the marble floor of the courtyard. The place is clean indeed.

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Essence of Hajj  
Junaid ibn Muhammad Abu al-Qasim al-Khazzaz al-Baghdadi also known as Junaid Baghdadi was born in Baghdad (830-910 AD). He was one of the early Persian scholars and teachers of Islam.

The following story is attributed to him regarding an explanation of the essence of Hajj.

Once Junaid Baghdadi met a man who had returned from Hajj (Hajji). After observing him for a while he asked him, "Have you been to Hajj?"

Hajji: Yes, I have just come back.

Junaid: When you left your home with the intention of Hajj, did you repent from all your sins?

Hajji: I did not think about it.

Junaid: In that case, you did not even depart for Hajj.

Junaid: What about your journey, rest-breaks and stopovers? When covering distances, did you move mentally and spiritually closer to Allah?

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Hajj for God Consciousness  

Lessons to learn from the Prophet's Hajj: Concept of Taqwa During Hajj by Yousef Idris 



If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X). He was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska.

In 1964 Malcolm went on a pilgrimage to Makkah. The trip proved life altering. For the first time, he shared his thoughts and beliefs with different cultures, and found the response to be overwhelmingly positive. He returned to the United States with a new outlook on integration and a new hope for the future. This time when Malcolm spoke, instead of just preaching to African-Americans, he had a message for all races.

Source: IslamiCity Forum



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