I pray this spiritual mediation exercise will include us, in spirit, in the ranks of 2012 Muslim pilgrims -- it will include our prayers and supplications to theirs and these sincere cries will be received by the Almighty God as such.
Hajj calls upon our inner eye, the one that sees the spiritual worth of a person over the physical manifestation. Your beauty is found not in the physical aspects, but emanates from your capacity to exhibit kindness
The Muslim Hajj, while commanded by God, truly became a symbol of unity and brotherhood by the call of Prophet Muhammad. Trayvon's death is an opportunity for white church leaders to make it their calling.
You don't have to go round it seven times, but you almost feel you should. You almost feel, when you go into what used to be the reading room at the British Museum and hear the wailing of a human voice that millions hear as a call to prayer, as if you should swap your jeans for a tunic.
Millions of Muslims are satisfied to celebrate at home, while waiting for Mecca, Medina and Hajj to be freed from the grip of the Wahhabis and to regain their past splendor -- a spiritual, not commercial, illumination.
What does submitting to God really mean from a non-religious perspective? It simply means subscribing to the idea of a cohesive environment where each human being is respected for his or her place, nourishment and nurturance.
During the hajj, the boundaries of ethnicity, race, gender, class and wealth are temporarily erased... The hajj is one of the only, and by far the largest public ritual amongst Muslims in which men and women pray and perform their rites together, in unison.