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A NEW NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SPECIAL ON PBS

National Geographic takes the spiritual journey of a lifetime, following three Muslims from very different backgrounds as they embark on the hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, where more than 2.5 million believers converge in an epic five-day quest for salvation.

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Today, some 1.3 billion human beings - one person in five - heed Islam's holy call to prayer each day. Over 80% of these believers live outside the Middle East, but once a year a major spiritual event brings many of them together. It's called the hajj, and it's the largest, most dramatic display of religious fervor in the world. More than 2.5 million Muslims from across the globe converge on Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to ask pardon for their sins and renew their spiritual commitment though a elaborate series of ancient rites and rituals. And it's not optional - every adult Muslim who is physically and financially able to do so is expected to make the hajj at least once in his or her lifetime. Despite the enormity of this annual pilgrimage, it has seldom been witnessed by outsiders, as Mecca is strictly off-limits to non-Muslims. Now, with unprecedented access to Islam's holiest city, National Geographic takes the spiritual journey of a lifetime, following three Muslims from very different backgrounds - an executive from Malaysia, a radio evangelist from South Africa, and a blond-haired, blue-eyed professor from Texas - as they take part in an epic five-day quest for salvation. Woven through the personal stories of these pilgrims, Inside Mecca examines the holy city itself and its historic importance to Muslim and non-Muslim populations alike.

 

 

 

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