Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre calls on Abu Dhabi community to participate in latest Hajj exhibition

ABU DHABI — Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, SZGMC, has called upon the Abu Dhabi community to participate in the upcoming exhibition, ‘Hajj: Memories of a Journey’. Organised by SZGMC and in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, the exhibition will open to the public on 20th September, 2017.

Members of the public can partake in the historical exhibition by submitting souvenirs they have collected during their own personal Hajj journeys, or that they were gifted by family and friends upon their arrival from Mecca.

Many pilgrims bring home a souvenir from Hajj to commemorate their journey, and buy gifts for friends and family from Mecca and Medina’s many markets and shops, where these objects often take pride of place in the recipients’ homes and are among the most precious objects that a Muslim owns.

The Hajj exhibition seeks to capture this sentiment by displaying these souvenirs, and accentuate a gallery dedicated to the vital keepsakes and sentiments tied to the myriad of stories and trails of memories created by millions throughout the Muslim world. Submission of souvenirs to be exhibited as part of Hajj: Memories of a Journey are welcome until 13th July, 2017.

The exhibition will be held on the grounds of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the most prominent and leading landmarks of culture and intellectual exchange in the UAE.

Coinciding with SZGMC’s 10th anniversary, the exhibition will reflect on the first prayer congregation held at the Mosque in 2007, the Eid al-Adha prayer, which in turn highlights the association of the fifth pillar of Islam with the memory of its establishment, as a true testament of what this great edifice signifies.

Telling the story of Mecca, and the rituals of Hajj as one of the five fundamental pillars and practices in Islam, the exhibition will bring to life the history of the sacred city and will depict the profound significance of the practices performed within it, whilst underlining the evident attributes of tolerance, equality and the vast diversity to be found in Islam.

Source: Emirates News Agency