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Our readers asked:

Can a Christian go to Mecca? I’m curious and would like to visit but don’t want to offend!

Thomas Ryan, CSP Answers:

Well, it’s natural enough to want to go and see the place for yourself. Even people who know nothing about Islam use Mecca as a synonym for the ultimate goal. Every Muslim is required to make the pilgrimage (hajj) once in her or her lifetime; it’s one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Non-Muslims are not, however, able to participate in the hajj. The area around the two sacred cities of Mecca and Medina is a sacred area prohibited to non-Muslims. But nothing about the hajj itself is secret. Through several videos, you can vicariously share in the pilgrimage experience. In 1997 a team of Muslim camera men documented the hajj experience for ABC’s Nightline and the 25 minute video is available at this link.

The Author : Thomas Ryan, CSP
Fr. Tom Ryan, CSP, directs the Paulist North American Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations in Washington, D.C.
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  • Guest

    Why don’t the liberals attack islam like they do Christianity?

  • meyassar

    golden ratio,point of the world is mecca chick this scientific vedio
    islam is universal message for every body
    islam believes in one god who created the whole universe,islam believes in jesus as prophet as it believes in muhammad and all prophets quran is the holy book that sent from god ,it wasnt written by any humanbeing and never corrupted
    there is many scientific facts that was in quran a thousand year ago
    u can chick on youtube scientific miracles of quran

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