The Road To Mecca

with Dr. Amin Abdullah
Online Event
Thursday, December 16, 2021
6:00 pm –  7:30 pm

The Hajj - an annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia - is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. It predated the prophethood of Muhammad who performed it in 632 AD. Since then every year Muslims get together for five days in Mecca to observe it. Before Covid-19, no less than 2 millions Muslims from around the world came annually. Many Indonesian Muslims are enrolled in a 30-years-long waiting list due to the limited space. We will discuss the practice, meaning and purpose of the Hajj. Dr. Amin Abdullah, who led groups of Hajj pilgrims as a guide, will combine stories and religious anthropological analysis.

Amin Abdullah is a professor of philosophy at Sunan Kalijaga Islamic State University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where he previously served as rector. He was vice chairman of Muhammadiyah’s governing board from 2000 to 2005. He is the author of numerous books, including Religious Education in a Multi-Cultural and Multi-Religious Era. In his work Abdullah distinguishes normative Islam from historical Islam and advocates a new path in Islamic philosophy of knowledge that is open to dialogue and integration with many different sources of knowledge. His Ph.D. in Islamic philosophy is from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, and he has conducted postdoctoral study at McGill University.