The annual Hajj pilgrimage is one of the world’s largest gatherings. This year’s Hajj is expected to fall on October 1-6, although the specific dates depend on sighting of the moon. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims visit Mecca in Saudi Arabia to participate in the Hajj, which is one of the five pillars of faith in the Islamic tradition. On Hajj, Muslims spend five days praying, giving thanks and visiting sites of historical and religious importance. It is considered an obligation for devout Muslims to undertake the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime, if they are physically and financially able. This Week:
  • Take a look at how Mecca has transformed over the last century:
  • If you’ve never trekked to the Holy Land, here’s the next best thing: Treat yourself to a copy of Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, SJ
  • Take time to thank the people that share with you on your ‘journey’, those that walk with you, listen to you, advise you, and share life’s joys and sorrows with you
  • Pray for an increase in inter-religious tolerance and understanding