This paper has been retracted per the author's request.
The spiritual journey of humanity has always been to seek Ultimate Truth. Different religions present this journey in different ways. This paper unlocks spiritual symbolisms within a detailed comparative study showing how millions of people performing the annual Hajj in Makkah are walking the footsteps of Christ leading to his Crucifixion and Resurrection. Although Christianity and Islam differ in their Theology and Christology, the messages of both move in parallel by allowing humans to step into the spiritual journey in search for the Truth. The epitome of Christ’s message lies deeply in the story of Crucifixion and Resurrection. This paper presents how the Hajj in Islam is a portrayal of the message of Christ’s Crucifixion by allowing people to have the chance to walk in the footsteps of Christ and experience the spiritual ladder towards Godliness. Each detail of the symbolism used for the performance of the Hajj by Muslims is paralleled with the symbolism used in the Gospels for Christ’s Crucifixion. In reality, the Hajj is walking through the footsteps of Christ, from the wearing of a funeral shroud, seeking the water of life, sacrifice, three days and nights in the heart of the earth, and into resurrection.
|Keywords:||Islam, Christianity, Crucifixion, Hajj, Religious Symbolism, Sprituality, Truth, Comparative Religion|
Adjunct Faculty, Civil Engineering, Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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