Muslim pilgrims pray at the Grand Mosque, ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 17, 2018. The annual Islamic pilgrimage draws millions of visitors each year, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)#Hajj#Mecca#pilgrimage#kaaba#Saudiarabia#Arab#AP#associatedpress#daryasin #
Photo by @moe_zoyari
This must be a record. After waiting for more than two years, the Saudi embassy in Washington D.C has finally gave me a journalist visa to cover the Hajj this week. I received my visa five hours ago, as my flight departs in less than two hours. Thanks to SA’s ministry of information for accommodating me, even if it took this long to sort things out.
It would be great to see one of the largest gatherings of human beings in Mecca, and to cover the Hajj 2018. The photo below is from my last visit to Saudi Arabia while I covered the Hajj for United Press International. Thanks to Alden and all the awesome people at @reduxpictures that made this happen. I am available for video/photo assignments.
Photo: Ghassan, a Saudi officer, looks at Muslims pilgrims while they pray at the birthplace of prophet Mohammed at the Grand Mosque, Islam's holiest shrine in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on December 4, 2008. More than two million Muslims head to the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to make the annual Hajj pilgrimage. All fit and financially able Muslims are expected to perform the Hajj at least once in their life. Photo by Moe Zoyari
'For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.'
John 3:16-17 NLT
We have likely all heard this verse many, many times. But how often have we really considered the 'everyone'? It is easy to think about how God sent his son for me, my friends, family and those I love, but, what about everyone else? What about the people I don't see or think about every day? .
The Hajj begins in the next couple of days, and over 2 million Muslims, from more than 80 different countries will be arriving in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. They will take part in rituals, including circling a cube structure known as the Kaaba, running between the hills of Safa and Marwah, spending a night in the plain of Muzdalifa, and performing an animal sacrifice. The five-day pilgrimage is a crucial part of a Muslim's faith and must be completed at least once in their lifetime. .
Muslims believe in Allah, but they don't believe they can have a relationship with him. They don't know of Gods love or understand the sacrifice that this verse speaks of. Their faith is based on rules and regulations. Good and bad deeds will one day be judged and determine their eternal place in heaven or hell. They do not know of forgiveness and grace. .
Will you take some time today to pray for Muslims? There are many lost and unreached people in the world, and yet God sent his son not just for me, but for everyone.
📷 Muslims arriving in Mecca for the Hajj
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