A Celebration of Unity

As well as being the universal direction of prayer for Muslims worldwide, Makkah is host to the world’s largest and most phenomenal annual religious gathering – the Hajj. This Holy City is thus a living, breathing celebration of unity – not only of the Divine, but indeed of all things physical and metaphysical.

This publication promotes no particular viewpoint and instead serves as a platform that hosts and curates diverse perspectives. As such, it is supported by multiple organisations of varying backgrounds and includes insights from many of the world’s leading theologians,poets, anthropologists, philosophers, artists, geographers, historians and philanthropists, as well as from eminent religious institutions, international organisations and indeed the Makkan authorities.

DOWNLOAD FREE Rupert Goodman
Chairman and Founder, FIRST
Editor's note
DOWNLOAD FREE HRH Prince Khalid bin Faisal Al Saud
Governor of Makkah, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques
Serving the Pilgrims and Developing the Holy Cities: The Kingdom's Contribution to World Peace
DOWNLOAD FREE Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al Sudais
General Presidency of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques
Keynote Introduction
DOWNLOAD FREE Dr Muhammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa
Secretary General, Muslim World League
Unity in Diversity
DOWNLOAD FREE Dr Osama bin Fadl Al Bar
Mayor of Makkah
Administering the Holy City
DOWNLOAD FREE Professor Fawaz Ali Al Dahhas
Professor of History, Umm Al Qura University, Makkah
The Story of a Sacred City
DOWNLOAD FREE Dr Saleh bin Taha Al Shaibi
Keeper of the Kaaba
Keys to the House of God
General Director, Al-Makkiyah Al-Madiniyah Intercultural Institute
Establishing the Sacred Balance
The Streets of Makkah
Director General, UNESCO
The Preservation of Heritage
DOWNLOAD FREE Dr Abdulaziz Altwaijri
Director General, ISESCO
The Revival of Islamic Civilisation
DOWNLOAD FREE Rt Hon Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC
Secretary General, The Commonwealth
A Commonwealth of Pilgrims
Secretary General, World Tourism Organisation
The Significance of Religious Tourism
DOWNLOAD FREE HE Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino
Honorary President, Dignitatis Humanae Institute
The Magnetism of Holy Places
DOWNLOAD FREE Professor Nasser D Khalili
Founder, The Khalili Collections
A History of the Hajj in Ten Objects
DOWNLOAD FREE Professor Sheikh Ali Gomaa
Council of Scholars, Al Azhar Sharif, Cairo
The Timeless Sanctuary
DOWNLOAD FREE Professor Mehmet Görmez
Former President of Religious Affairs, Turkey
One Hajj, Many Journeys
DOWNLOAD FREE Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Professor of Islamic Studies, George Washington University
Metaphysical Significance of Makkah
DOWNLOAD FREE Dr Tahir ul Qadri
Chairman, Minhaj ul Quran International
Birthplace of a Knowledge Revolution
DOWNLOAD FREE Rt Hon Baroness Warsi
Member of the House of Lords, United Kingdom
A Source of Inspiration
DOWNLOAD FREE Sheikh Rached Ghannouchi
Co-Founder and President, Ennahdha, Tunisia
Reflecting on the Lessons of Hajj
DOWNLOAD FREE Ambassador Akbar S. Ahmed
Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University
A Compass for the Muslim World
DOWNLOAD FREE Professor Abdellah Hammoudi
Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University
An Anthropologist's Umrah
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Rhodes College, Memphis
A Microcosm of the Muslim World
DOWNLOAD FREE Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)
Yusuf Islam Foundation
An Artist's Spiritual Journey
DOWNLOAD FREE Dr Murad Wilfried Hofmann
Former Diplomat and Author
Notes from a German Pilgrim
Director, One Day in the Haram (2017)
One Day in the Haram
DOWNLOAD FREE Dr Mahmoud Bodo Rasch
Founder, SL Rasch GmbH
The Architect of Modern Makka
DOWNLOAD FREE Mustafa Rasch and Jürgen Bradatsch
CEO, SL Rasch GmbH and CTO, SL Rasch GmbH
Tradition meets Scientific Excellence
DOWNLOAD FREE Rt Hon Baroness Amos
Director, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
The Fruits of Diversity
DOWNLOAD FREE Khaled Al Juffali
Chairman, Khaled Juffali Company
The Importance of Giving Back
DOWNLOAD FREE Alawi Mohammad Baroum
CEO, BTC Networks
Keeping Makkah Connected
DOWNLOAD FREE Naser Haghamed
CEO, Islamic Relief Worldwide
Giving in an Age of Need
DOWNLOAD FREE Dr Haifa Jamal Allail
President, Effat University
Educate Women, Educate the Ummah
DOWNLOAD FREE Professor Meraj Mirza
Professor of Geography, Umm Al Qura University, Makkah
A Natural Portrait of Makkah
DOWNLOAD FREE Professor Hamlet Isaxanli
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Khazar University, Azerbaijan
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