Hajj and Eid Greetings to All
Sunday, 8 January 2012
Congratulations for the over 2 million Muslims - including the nearly 200,000 Pakistanis - who performed Hajj yesterday.
To me, the Hajj is an amazing and powerful symbol of equality and unity in a world distraught with frictions and factions.
It is not just a symbol of 'Muslim brotherhood' but of human oneness. It is not simply a connection - in its rituals and its meanings - amongst the Abrahamic faiths; it is also a spiritually moving and visually powerful symbol of the unity of all humankind. There are those who wish to reduce the meaning of the message to merely one religion, or even one sect. I, at least, have always found it a more universal message and moved by the symbolism of unity and harmony of all.
It seems that everywhere and always we are not just divided but we take pride in our divisions. Our language, our vocabulary, our thought processes are geared to highlight our differences with others. We take a perverse pride in these differences, whether we consider ourselves to be 'superior' to others or we believe ourselves to be victims of differentiation.
posted by S A J Shirazi @ Sunday, January 08, 2012,
- At 09:17, said...
Wishing blessings and peace to all.
- At 12:42, said...
happy eid and happy new year to you and your family !
- At 21:59, irving said...
Eid Mubarak dear Brother :) And Happy New Year!
You are so right about the divisions people enjoy feeling superior about. May Allah grant us all the wisdom to see our common humanity, the real kinship of all human beings, instead of the false divisions of language, color, race, religion, tribe sect, ethnicity, gender, status and other such stupidities.
- At 05:17, chosha said...
"It is not just a symbol of 'Muslim brotherhood' but of human oneness. It is not simply a connection...it is also a spiritually moving and visually powerful symbol of the unity of all humankind."
Um, what?! Not being familiar with the term, I just googled 'hajj' and found that it is the pilgramage to Mecca. Mecca. The city I cannot enter because I am not Muslim. Me entering this city is in fact punishable by death. Unity of all humankind - have you lost your mind? I'm having trouble thinking of a greater symbol of exclusion.
- At 07:12, said...
Asalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah
Eid Mubarak to you, too. Insha'Allah, you and your family are having a nice time celebrating this Eid.
I think I commentated on your post already on ATP.
- At 03:04, David Stoker said...
Came across your post doing a little research. I think the symbolism of the Hajj is beautiful. I am always moved by the images of such a large gathering of devotees moving in unity. I wish you all a wonderful celebration.
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- At 16:15, Umra said...
Eid and Hajj together symbolize the Islamic virtues of peace and goodwill to all men.
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