Funny how in life we are united with individuals who touch our hearts in unimaginable and meaningful ways. Our meeting was especially timely for me, since just earlier that day I was debating whether or not to venture to the Holy Land.
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.
Because of the unparalleled cultural phenomenon of the millions of pilgrims Mecca receives every year, the city's name turned into a popular synonym that often times describe places of importance and the with power to attract groups of often like-minded people.
Walking around the Kaaba, I was at a vantage point to know that the jams I would get caught in were temporary -- they would end, literally, around the corner. This helped me be patient even when the pressure was greatest.
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.