Modern Religious Pilgrimages

There are two major religious pilgrimages going on in our world right now as we blog.

The first, the Hajj. The annual faith pilgrimage for hundreds of thousands of muslims is going on this week and Saudi Arabia is aflutter with zealous Muslims living out one of their great pillars of the faith and realizing a dream deferred for so long. For many, this is the final chapter in a lifetime of submission to Allah (READ MORE HERE).

Then there are the Potter-ites, Harry-ians and the faithful followers of the “Boy Who Lived” from the House of Gryffendor. Tonight, hundreds of thousands of faithful minions will gather at theater sites around the world to pay tribute to a movement that has spanned decades and begins to culminate with Part 1 of the final chapter “The Deathly Hallows.” While not performing the Jamarat or reciting the Shahada in Mecca, they will be “performing” expelliarmus charms and quizzing one another on lines from the Harry Potter books and movies (READ MORE HERE).

For Muslims, this week is a time steeped in spiritual significance and representing a long period of devoted history. For Potter fans this is the culmination of a generation of “witchcraft and wizardry” escapism and inspiration. Both are examples of modern day pilgrimages. To that end, I leave this post for your comment.

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2 responses to “Modern Religious Pilgrimages

  1. recreative

    To my Muslim friends, neighbors and fellow partakers in this world:

    I mean no offense by this blog post. I understand, and appreciate, the Hajj as a significant and meaningful religious pilgrimage and do not mean to put it on the same level with the release of a Harry Potter movie.

    My main objective here is show just how intense followers of fiction can become, even to the point of being quasi-religious.

    If anything, it is a sign of respect to Muslim devotees that their faithful keeping of the Hajj is what elicits in my mind a sign of true religious commitment.

    Assalamu alaikum!

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