Saturday, December 6, 2008

Pilgrimage Begins to Mecca!

Noticed this on the msnbc.com website: pilgrims are gathering outside of Mecca for pilgrimage! The pilgrims follow a route that follows the path set by Mohammed 14 centuries ago:

Some pilgrims walked, carrying their bags, while others took buses moving slowly through the crowds to the Mina area east of Mecca. Men were dressed in simple white robes, marking a state of ihram, or ritual purity.

The pilgrims will all have arrived by Sunday morning at Mount Arafat, about 10 miles east of Mecca. The Eid al-Adha, or feast of the sacrifice, begins on Monday, when pilgrims begin three days of casting stones at walls in a symbolic renunciation of the devil.

Like other world religions that honor pilgrimage as a sacred practice, pilgrimage among those who are Muslim is to be honored.

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Buen Camino!

B