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The rite of pilgrimage has played a central role in spiritual traditions since earliest times. For fourteen centuries, Muslims have undertaken the pilgrimage and today it is the world's largest annual spiritual gathering.

The Pilgrimage of Islam is a lucid exposition of the Hajj, the journey to the House of God, the Ka`bah, which is situated in the heart of the sacred city of Mecca. One of the five pillars of the Islamic faith, the Hajj is obligatory on all Muslims who are able to undertake the journey at least once in a lifetime. The Prophet Muhammad's original Hajj is described, upon which the present-day pilgrimage is based, and a step by step account offers the reader a rare insight into the inner meaning of the outer rites of the Hajj, for ultimately, the physical journey to Mecca is also a spiritual pilgrimage to the knowledge of God.

 

ABOUT SHAYKH FADHLALLA HAERI

Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri was born in Karbala, Iraq, a descendant of several generations of well-known and revered spiritual leaders. Educated in Europe and America, he founded a number of companies in the Middle East and worked as a consultant in the oil industry.

He travelled extensively on a spiritual quest which led to his eventual rediscovery of the pure and original Islamic heritage of his birth.

In 1980 he established the Zahra Trust, a charitable organization with centers in the USA, Britain and the Middle East, which makes traditional Islamic teachings more widely available through courses and publications, promotes the revival of traditional systems of healing and supports a variety of charitable programs.

Shaykh Fadhlalla is currently engaged in lecturing and writing books and commentaries on the Holy Qur’an and related subjects, with particular emphasis on ethics, self-development and gnosis (`irfan).

In 2004, he established the Academy of Self Knowledge, http://www.askonline.co.za, which offers teachings on self knowledge and the Prophetic revealed path.

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