I really know very little about the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. It's one of those five pillars Muslims live by, and each year I admire it from afar. I guess we could liken this tradition to a Southern Baptist Convention, or a million man march or something; but I'm intrigued at the dedication millions of people have toward their faith.
It's that time of year again. The white robes signify the purity and peaceful way they seek to know Allah. They pray with a whole spirit and a oneness of mind. They dedicate the pilgrimage to understanding more about their founder, Mohammad, and Allah.
I'm a devout Christian believer, and wish there were times when we could get together like this and devote our lives to one another in prayer and devotion. Remember, just because we don't believe in a certain faith, doesn't mean we can't learn something from other faiths. It doesn't mean I believe in universalism, just that it would be worth your time to read into this event that shapes the hearts and minds of a large portion of the earth's population.
Watch for more on the Hajj. It's an intriguing study in religious thought, and a socio-religious migration second to none.