Going to Mecca

Going to Mecca

By Na'ima B. Robert; Valentina Cavallini (Illustrator)

Frances Lincoln Ltd, Hardcover, 9781847801531, 26pp.

Publication Date: August 2012


"Come with the pilgrims
as they set out on a journey,
a journey of patience
to the city of Mecca."

We are led on the journey of a lifetime to the city of Mecca — the pilgrimage known to Muslims as the Hajj. The pilgrims walk with heads bare and feet in sandals; they call to Allah; they kiss or point to the Black Stone, as the Prophet did. Arriving at Mecca, they surge round the Ka'aba, shave their heads and travel to Mount Arafat. Finally, though their bodies are tired and aching, their spirits are uplifted, knowing that with thousands of others they have performed the sacred pilgrimage.

This is a window on to a sacred journey for Muslims the world over — beautifully described and illustrated for younger children.

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Praise For Going to Mecca

"Wait with the pilgrims
As the ninth day approaches.
And the city swells
With pilgrims from all lands.
From city
And steppe,
From island
And desert.
They all congregate
To continue the journey."
from the book