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Hajj Journal

Hajj Journal

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Complex, up close and personal
AlHamdulil’Lahi Rabbi’l alameen.As Salaamu Aleikum wa Rahmatul’Lahi wa barakatu’Hu.
Praises be to the One, the Lord of the worldsPeace be to you, and Mercy and Blessings from Him.
January 2006My pilgrimage: the fifth obligatory pillar in
Islam
HAJJJOURNAL
Complex, up close and personal
by Narjis Pierre - hajja’amatul’Lahphotographs by Ali Moshirsadri
 
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Hajj Journal
Additional copies of this journaland other peaceCENTER eBOOKScan be downloaded fromwww.salsa.net/peace/ebooks
The modest amount we chargefor these booksfunds the work of the peaceCENTER
 
Focused on the vision of God’s peace, the peaceCENTER supports the learning of peace in our livesand the demonstration of peace within our communitypeaceCENTER 1443 S. St. Mary’sSan Antonio, TX 78210210-224-HOPEwww.salsa.net/peace
©
Copyright 2007, peaceCENTER. All Rights Reserved.ISBN 978-0-9798766-1-5
Table of Contents
Introduction by Ali Moshirsadri . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Hajj Journal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4A-Z Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44Biographical sketch of Narjis Pierre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58words in
italics
are explained in the A-Z Glossary
 
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Complex, up close and personal
Introduction
Pilgrimage to Mecca or “Hajj” was al-ways an opportunity for me to pauseand wonder: ‘Why would Allah, Al-mighty God of Abraham, call Muslimsto come from all around the world fromevery race, culture and language withat least one thing in common, “Islam” to a hot, dry and bare land where Hagarand Ishmael were left at and lived, toperform a ritual which Allah guidedAbraham to establish and made obliga-tory to his nation?Before I performed my first Hajj in1997, for two years I was seeking theanswer to this question. I studied theHajj from Quran, Prophet Muhammadand his family traditions; I studiedhistorical and sociological perspectives.All these studies made me more knowl-edgeable and stronger in understanding the Philosophy of Hajj, but not until I foundmyself as a drop in the ocean of pilgrimage in Mecca, rotating around the axis of one and only one God, and until Almighty Allah led me to taste the sweetness of his invitation, did I comprehend how deep this ocean could be.Hajj 2006 was another unique experience, which allowed me to dive in the sameocean, like an amateur diver seeking and learning from this spiritual camp of Allah.Is it not amazing: an ocean in the middle of a desert!?This time I called my Hajj “Hajj An-Nisa” which means “Pilgrimage of Women”. Myintention to go on this Hajj, was to perform pilgrimage in place of my deceasedmother, who was not able to do her Hajj while still alive.I was also serving my dear wife Maryam and two of our great sisters, Narjis andRika. Now you know why I called this Hajj, “Pilgrimage of women”.I like to leave you with a thought: It is said that the Hajj Journey begins from mi-gration of people to Allah, from Allah to people, and to be at the service of peoplein the way of Allah.Please pray for me on my continuous Journey and good luck with yours.Ali MoshirsadriJuly 4
th
, 2007

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