In Islam, the Hajj pilgrimage is a special religious duty where worshippers flock to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia to perform the ultimate form of worship through rituals and prayers.
Now, a new exhibition titled Hajj: Memories of a Journey will provide a fascinating look at this holy tradition held dear by Muslims across the world.
Hosted from 20th September until 19th March at the north gate of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the free exhibition will display artefacts, manuscripts, archival photographs and souvenirs illustrating the pilgrimage’s rich history and tradition.
“This exhibition is truly a distinctive chance to promote the universal concepts of Islam that centre around tolerance, cultural dialogue and openness amongst different generations and visitors to the country,” said Yousif Al Obaidli, director general of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre.
“Through narrating the story of Hajj with a wide range of artefacts and objects, we are introducing the historic legacy of the UAE, and the spiritual aesthetics of Islam.”
Like an actual pilgrimage, the exhibit itself is a journey through the historical and chronological innovations of the Hajj divided into six sections.
Exhibited items include pieces related to the beginning of Islam in the Arabian Peninsula, the evolution of Hajj routes, genuine ornaments and never-before-seen photos and coloured footage of the UAE’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, during his pilgrimage in 1979.
There will also be a series of programmes, workshops and talks scheduled in the coming months for the public to attend. For more information and exhibition opening times, visit: szgmc.ae