Al­ge­rian, Pak­istani and Burk­ina Faso pil­grims at­tend Makkah fes­ti­val


MAKKAH: Al-Nuzhah neigh­bor­hood cen­ter held a fes­ti­val ear­lier this week to wel­come pil­grims from dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

Mus­lims from Burk­ina Faso, Al­ge­ria and Pak­istan at­tended the fes­ti­val which in­cluded a short movie about Makkah and its his­tor­i­cal role in host­ing pil­grims.

Adel Hafez, the fes­ti­val or­ga­nizer, told Arab News that the pil­grims were able to learn about lo­cal cul­ture through the event and rec­og­nize the his­tor­i­cal value of Makkah’s cul­tural her­itage.

Makkah is rich in his­tor­i­cal scenes and full of events which have rich cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance, of which all pil­grims should be aware, Hafez said.

He pointed out that the re­la­tion­ship be­tween pil­grims and Makkah as a city should not be only by per­form­ing the rit­u­als but they should have ac­cess to Makkah’s cul­tural his­tory.

“When­ever you look at Makkah, you will see his­tor­i­cal re­sources and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal pub­li­ca­tions, mu­se­ums, and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal cul­ture,” Hafez added.

He said that they have ded­i­cated this fes­ti­val to present a brief over­view of Makkah cul­ture and her­itage where they can fo­cus on folk­lore.

“We showed them Makkah from the past and present to let them know how our an­ces­tors lived and how they served pil­grims,” he pointed out.

“We showed them a movie that talks about dif­fer­ent his­tor­i­cal pe­ri­ods and how Makkah’s peo­ple had to help pil­grims, plus, the show ex­plained all the ef­forts of the Saudi govern­ment ac­corded to pil­grims.”

The fes­ti­val in­cluded a com­pe­ti­tion to rec­og­nize the voices of Al-Haram muezzins — peo­ple who call prayers — who had in­ter­acted among the ar­rivals from Pak­istan, Burk­ina Faso and Al­ge­ria.

Khalid Mush­tag, a Pak­istani pil­grim, said: “We ap­pre­ci­ate the fan­tas­tic show and learned a lot about Makkah’s cul­ture. It also gave us an op­por­tu­nity to have a cul­tural ex­change which en­riched ev­ery­one who came.”

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