from Shane's Muslim Connect
Got big plans for the weekend? I’m taking our middle school youth group boys on a hike. This is my personal parallel to what’s going down for a million Muslims who are Hajj-ing to Mecca this weekend.
• We’ll both deal with hot and sweaty people.
• There will be rock throwing in both places.
Us: Skipping stones in the river.
Muslims: Throwing rocks at Satan.
• We’ll both fear (hope?!) it’s a once in a lifetime experience!
As you may know, the Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam; a religious pilgrimage that really has no parallel in Christianity. All Muslims, if physical and financial health allows, are required to make the trip at least once in their lives.
Muslims want to go to honor the requirement, of course, but also because forgiveness is on offer: Muhammad reportedly said, “Whoever performs Hajj for the sake of Allah and does not utter any obscene speech or do any evil deed will go back (free of sin) as his mother bore him.”
Who doesn’t want forgiveness? I need it, and without pointing fingers or anything, I’m guessing you do too. Will you join me in praying that Muslims, those in Mecca this weekend and those who aren’t, will find the forgiveness they seek? The death and resurrection of Jesus, if sufficient for us, is also sufficient for them.
Grab this brief and well done prayer guide for Muslims on the Hajj. If you’re feeling really scrappy, share it: forward it to believers who might be interested, get the link into your church’s bulletin, or go old school and print out a few copies. Your Dad and mine delights to answer our prayers.