Wednesday, February 1, 2012

I want to go where I'm not exactly allowed...

I want to go on Hajj. Really.

It's wrong, which I realize. I have no faith in the pilgrimage or in Islam, but I have a desire to experience Hajj and see Mecca. Not just through photos and videos, but in person. No clue why. I want to touch things, you know?

I was reading the Two Cheers for British Museum's Sanitized Hajj Exhibition on Religion Dispatches and it reminded me of my bizarre desire to do this.

Here ends your random revelation of the day.

10 comments:

  1. That makes sense that you'd want to touch things and experience hajj. I imagine it's quite touching to be there and can you even imagine what those paths, stones, trees and so forth could tell you if they were able to talk? Wow...what stories! (I'd want to ask if Abraham and Ishmael set up the kaaba.) :)

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    1. I'm just a very tactile person! Museums are terrible for me. I *really* want to touch things, even though I know it's a terrible idea and not allowed.

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  2. You can do it in Second LIfe: http://secondlife.com/destination/virtual-hajj

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    1. Okay, that's pretty cool. :)

      And the justified font is weird looking...

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  3. Wow, that justified font makes me sound like a crazy person.

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  4. Same here. I really want to visit Mecca. xD

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    1. Hello!

      Hopefully, someday you'll make it!

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  5. I totally get you, it was one thing that made me sad to leave Islam, that I'll never be able to go.

    Actually, and I'm not sure I like this, one of the first books I read after converting to Islam, was about a Danish woman who converted ONLY to go on Hajj and to write about it. Like, she was respectful about it, she wore hijab, learnt her prayers etc., but, she didn't believe. (She's a photo-journalist, who's previously travelled all over the world). I'm not sure I like that, I think it's a bit disrespectful, when it's so clearly a part of the religion that non-Muslims shouldn't take part of this.

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    1. I sort of remember hearing about her. I don't think it was right for her to do that, honestly. Her 'conversion', without belief, was non-existent. She was a non-Muslim the whole time which makes the act deliberately disrespectful, no matter that she kept up the outward signs of respect.

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  6. Yeah that's how I feel as well, which is also why I've resigned myself to never get the chance to go on Hajj, sadly.

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