What We All Need To Understand About The Hajj
“America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem,” wrote Malcolm X more than 50 years ago after his hajj (pilgrimage). The reality is that it’s not just America that needs to understand it.
Millions will converge on Mecca this week. They follow the footsteps of millions more who have made the spiritual journey to the valley of Mecca since Abraham.
Last of the five Pillars of Islam (the others being affirmation of one God, five daily prayers, regular charity, and fasting in Ramadan), hajj is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for those physically and financially able.
Bhabha, Faisal, "What We All Need To Understand About The Hajj" (2016). Editorials and Commentaries. 103.