In 2017, over two million Muslims from around the world traveled to Makkah for Hajj. People from within Saudi Arabia come for the Hajj, as well as from outside continent. Whether by air, land, or sea, millions gather to fulfill this obligation every year. One finds Muslims from Malaysia to their right, Sudan to their left, England behind, India in front, and the list of countries goes on and on. It is quite the scene to take in, witnessing people of all colors, ages, and walks of life coming together for one common goal.
This diversity is an eye-opening moment for many people who come on this journey. Malcolm X famously wrote after completing his Hajj, “There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue-eyed blondes to black-skinned Africans. But we were all participating in the same ritual, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my experiences in America had led me to believe never could exist between the white and non-white.”