Taking Your Own Pilgrimage
By Dilshad D. Ali
A pilgrimage can be a life-changing and spiritually invigorating experience. This time of year, nearly two million Muslims travel to Mecca to take part in the Hajj pilgrimage. But pilgrimages, which typically involve a journey to a holy site to perform a set of rites, aren’t unique to Islam. Many Christians travel to Jerusalem to follow in the footsteps of the Passion and resurrection of Jesus. Jews often perform rites at the Wailing Wall. No matter what your faith, or even if you don’t subscribe to a particular set of beliefs, you can still make a pilgrimage to somewhere special using your own rituals.
I did my Hajj pilgrimage three years ago, when I stood on the plains of Arafat outside of Mecca and performed a set of complicated rites. It was a wonderful, eye-opening experience that taught me a lot about life and God. Check out these tips I’ve culled from my own pilgrimage experience to make yours one that will be meaningful.