Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam. It is a once-in-a-lifetime requirement for every Muslim. It is a spiritual gathering of Muslims from all over the world seeking forgiveness and the blessings of the Lord. Every ritual of Hajj emphasizes the fact that we are all equal before God. There is no difference between rich and poor, white or black, superior or inferior, weak or strong, man or woman, Eastern or Western.
The Muslim world is afflicted with corrupt and selfish leaders leading a vicious campaign of terror to stay in power and exercise control.Samar Fatany
Spirit of compassion hijacked
Time to act is now
Let us hope that the spirit of Hajj this year could empower Muslim communities to reject violence and promote tolerance and peace.Samar Fatany