The importance of Hajj

2017-09-21 06:01

THE spirit of Hajj and many other lessons are to be learnt from this spiritual pilgrimage and life-changing experience.

Malcolm X, an African-American civil-rights activist who also became known as Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, reflected on his Hajj to Makkah in a letter to his friends.

In his letter, he wrote about how the pilgrimage breaks down all forms of skin-deep differences and human-made barriers.

Seeing pilgrims interacting as contemporaries led him to believe that Islam as a way of life could overcome societal problems such as racism and discrimination.

The spirituality, the overwhelming spirit of togetherness, the importance of being human and the fulfilling of human rights, collectively practised by pilgrims, were some of the factors that changed Malcolm X’s mind from being “anti-white to anti-racism”.

Hajj reinforces the Prophet’s last sermon.

To quote from the address: “An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab; a white has no superiority over a black, nor does a black have any superiority over a white; (none have superiority over another) except by piety and good action.”

Hajj has its own unique qualities and life lessons; everyone who performs Hajj knows how it impacts on the purpose of life.

MOHAMED SAEED

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.