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The realist's guide to Hajj

Mecca - House of Allah

Date: Friday 29 March 2019

Time: 18:45 for a 19:00 start. Ending at 20:30

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, Marylebone, London W1H 4LP

Panel: Zeshan Ghory and Shazia Syed

Hajj - the annual pilgrimage to Mecca - is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims. A spiritual journey and a rewarding experience for all; for many it can also be confusing, frustrating or dangerous.

Many pilgrims despite being irked by their difficult experiences feel obliged to accept them unchallenged, focus on the blessings of being able to undertake Hajj, and keep their flawed experiences to themselves.

If you are thinking about performing Hajj this summer, now is the time to start researching and booking. In this talk, we seek to get to grips with the real earthly challenges of Hajj and discuss what can be done to make the process easier: from what to look for in your Hajj booking group to your luggage essentials, from surviving the sleeping arrangements to manoeuvring the toilet situation.


Zeshan Ghory

Zeshan is a trustee of the City Circle with responsibility for the charity's schools. He has been involved with City Circle for over a decade, initially as a teacher at the West London Saturday School and then as headmaster of the school. In his professional career, Zeshan has held various leadership roles in the health technology sector. He completed his Hajj in 2015.

Shazia Syed

Shazia has many years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, including in leadership roles for education charities, and has led on initiatives to raise funds for humanitarian causes. She previously volunteered as a teacher at Saturday School. Shazia completed her Hajj in 2015.

Additional details

Free entrance. All welcome. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30. Doors open at 18:45 and the talk begins at 19:00. If you have any questions, please contact the event organiser

Image credit: Abdullah Shakoor