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.



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