A Tale of Two Leaders: The Contrasting Messages of Pope Francis and King Salman

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By Ziyad Motala Washington, D.C. played host to Pope Francis and the China’s Premier Xi Jinping last week. Commentators made comparisons of the symbolism and the lessons to be drawn from the visits of the contrasting leaders. But here is another comparison, perhaps more worthy of consideration. A few weeks ago, the Saudi monarch King [Read More...]

Death of a Hajj

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By Ali Asadullah Editor’s Note: This op-ed is part of our Hajj 2015 series. Tragedy striking during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca is not a new phenomenon. As news reports continue to trickle in about the 2015 stampede that claimed some 717 souls, one immediately recalls previous incidents where stampedes, fires and other causes [Read More...]

From Madinah to Makkah – How Hajj Prepares Us to Do the Hard Work

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Editor’s Note: This essay is part of Altmuslim’s Hajj 2015 reflection series. By Wadud Hassan By the mercy of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He), my family and I were fortunate to perform our Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah last year. We had a very pleasant journey and a great experience to remember for the [Read More...]

Lessons of the Hajj – Lessons for Life

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By Lisha Azaa Editor’s Note: This essay is part of our Hajj 2015 series. Al Hamdulillah, I got a chance to attempt Hajj when I accompanied my parents several years ago at the tender age of 17. Even though I was barely out of my teens, the experience of spending 21 days in the desert [Read More...]

A Hajj Conversation for Believers: Responding to Saudi Aggression and Corruption

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Editor’s Note: This article is part of Altmuslim’s Hajj 2015 series, featuring articles and reflections upon Hajj, the holy days of Dhul Hijjah and Eid ul Adha. By May Alhassen and Fatima Ashraf More than two million Muslims gather in Mecca, Saudi Arabia each year to perform Hajj. Hajj is a sacred journey and series [Read More...]

Call for Submissions: Send Us Your Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha Stories and Reflections

The first nine days of Dhul Hijjah (the ninth month in the Muslim calendar) are nearly upon us, a most blessed time leading up to the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Millions are converging in Makkah and its surrounding areas for the pilgrimage. You probably know someone departing for the holy pilgrimage, and may have received messages asking for [Read More...]