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The Hajj: The Meaning and the Experience


  • University Presbyterian Church 300 Bushnell Avenue San Antonio, TX, 78212 United States (map)

Dates: Thursdays, September 8 and 15

Time: 7-9 PM

Tuition: $35

Enrollment: 12 min./ 30 max.

Register by: September 1

Join Sarwat Husain and Narjis Pierre on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in this two evening class.  Learn the significance of the annual journey, and share the experience of actually being there from the instructors who have taken the journey.  The Hajj is one of the five religious obligations of Islam.  Muslims are required to make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in their lifetime if they are physically and financially able.  “The Hajj is important to Muslims because it helps to teach them about their true purpose on Earth, to feel a closer connection to Allah, to unite with their brothers and sisters on the journey, to find their humility, to help them reinforce worship methods and to recognize the equality of all people,” states the BBC.

About the Instructor: Sarwat Husain, a National Public Speaker for Islam and Muslims, is the co-founder and co-chair of the American Muslim Democratic Caucus.  Formerly, Sarwat served eight years as the Vice Chair of CAIR- National Board of Directors. An award winning advocate for human rights and education for cross-cultural understanding, she is extensively involved in Inter-religious dialogue. She is the recipient of the Peace Maker of the Year 2013, Pax Christi USA (National Catholic Organization), Headliner Award for the Association forWomen in Communication, and a Distinguished Alumni of University of Incarnate Word in 2012. Her guest-writing can be found in the SA Express News. 

About the Instructor: In 1997 Narjis Pierre co-founded the San Antonio Muslim Women’s Association; and has been a participant in the Tri-Faith Dialogue of San Antonio since 1999.  Since 9/11 she has been a speaker on the Koran and Islamic topics and a teacher.  She serves on the board of the PeaceCENTER of San Antonio.  She grew up and received her professional training in Switzerland.