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Inside Mecca (2003)

TV Movie  -  Documentary  -  1 March 2003 (USA)
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National Geographic follows three pilgrims from Malaysia, South Africa, and the United States as the travel to Mecca for the hajj.

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Credited cast:
Himself - Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Umar Faruq Abd-Allah ...
Himself - Scholar of Islam (as Dr. Umar F. Abd-Allah)
Daisy Khan ...
Herself - American Sufi Muslim Association
Iyad Madani ...
Himself - Minister of Hajj, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Ismail Mahbob ...
Himself - Pilgrim
Khalil Mandhlazi ...
Himself - Pilgrim
Fidelma O'Leary ...
Herself - Pilgrim


National Geographic follows three pilgrims from Malaysia, South Africa, and the United States as the travel to Mecca for the hajj.

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Inside Mecca - a great look into one of the most spiritual journeys in the world
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When looking for a religious film to watch I knew that I wanted to watch one about Islam because I wanted to be more informed. After watching "Inside Mecca" I am extremely glad with my choice of film because it provided me with a much brighter and more knowledgeable outlook on Islamic beliefs and rituals. This movie explains and depicts Islam's hajj, which is a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia that is one of the five pillars of Islam. One of my favorite aspects of this movie was that it showed the journey of hajj from the perspectives of three people who broke the mold of Muslim stereotypes. There is a white Texan female, a black South African man and a Malaysian man. Before watching this documentary I ignorantly presumed the majority of Muslims to be Arab this movie taught me that only about 20% of Muslims are Arab. I thought that these three characters all had beautiful stories and reasons for being Muslim, especially the man from South Africa who adores how Islam accepts all genders, races and social statuses because he has seen so much racism throughout his country that he is now looking for peace through hajj. This movie does not only give the audience insight into who actually worships Islam but it also gives history to why they travel on hajj and it gives specific reasons for why Muslims partake in the numerous days of rituals. From this movie I have learned that Mecca is not simply going to visit the Kabba, but instead it is a spiritual journey that people choose to join in order to strengthen their relationship with Allah. This movie did get slightly boring at times but seeing how much emotion people feel when experiencing hajj and simply seeing the masses that attend was certainly incredible and gives perspective to those like myself who know very little about the Muslim faith.

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