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In the documentary we watched about Mecca and Islam there were two pilgrims that stood out for me. Khalil and Fidelma. From this documentary some things I learned about Islam is that they are all for equality. When they all come to Mecca for Hajj everything goes away and it’s just about them and their relationship with god. It doesn’t matter if you’re intelligent, imbecilic, poor, or rich. Women have to wear head scarfs to cover their hair and full body garments, men have to wear two pieces of cloth to clothe themselves. Because everyone is wearing the same thing that symbolizes that they are all the same, no one is more special than someone else. Another thing I learnt about Islam is that during Hajj they walk around the Kaaba 7 times. They do that because Muhammed did, and it’s a type of worship. Another task they have to do is hurriedly walk between the hilltops 7 times, they have to do this to relive what hager went through in his hunt for water. During Hajj they go to the plain of Arafat. This is important because that’s where they believe Adam and Eve met. This is the place where they refresh themselves of their wrongs, and ask for forgiveness and no judgement. Another one of the many rituals is that they throw stones at 3 pillars. This represents them beating satan and casting satan, temptation, obsessions and bad things away. This is a symbol of what happened to Abraham. Satan was giving him bad thoughts and he through rocks at him and freed himself from him. The last task/ritual they have during Hajj is slaughtering sheep. This symbolizes when Abraham, instead of sacrificing his son, sacrifices his sheep. So they slaughter the sheep and give the meet to poor people.

 

During Hajj Fidelma’s experience was probably much different from everyone else’s. She was one of the only americans there so she might’ve felt excluded, judged, or not welcome. Khalil helped to make her welcome by accepting her and not judging her or making her feel not part of the religion. Fidelma is a very open minded person, as well as Khalil. She changed her religion from christianity to muslim because she believed that this was the right religion for her. Khalil believes in the great that god has done for the world. He loves how people that are different races, different gender, and different religion can work together and be happy. During his experience at Hajj he didn’t like how they separated everyone by where they were from, and how he got judged in the group he was with for being black. I think Fidelma and Khalil had similar experiences because they both had a stage where they felt not welcome or excluded. But by the end they both helped each other to feel like they belong. Khalil learnt the meaning of brother hood as he joined a new group of people he has never met, but he was automatically accepted.

I think that this documentary is relevant to what we are doing with conflict between countries. This kind of opens our eyes to another reason why people would have conflict over land. Their religious views could change who gets what land or how things get settled. This shows that not only do people have prejudice towards each others’ races, but they have prejudice towards each others religions. Which makes the different countries/societies more hesitant to work with each other.

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