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  • The Al Aksa Mosque, located inside the walls of the Old City, is considered the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina.
    Join Bruce Feiler on a journey to sacred places throughout the world. Peace.
    Today, religion is more challenged than ever, yet pilgrimages are more popular than ever.Sacred journeys are as old as religion, yet as new as anyone who takes a step and asks, “What do I believe?”Life is sacred, and we embrace and...
  • MECCA
    Deja view: MECCA floor reappears for one night only
    It's a basketball floor and a bona fide work of art rolled into one.And at the time, it was a real 'Bang(o) for the Buck(s).'The Robert Indiana-designed hardwood court, that withstood the pounding and squeaking of the sneakers of the...
  • Ladder Canyon, near Mecca
    Hiking in the Palm Springs area: Ladder Canyon & Big Painted Canyon (Photos)
    Hiking the desert typically means a fairly flat hike with lots of cactus, yucca and desert plants. But if you're ready for a little adventure, it's time to drive to Mecca, about 35 miles from Palm Springs (directions below).Ladder Canyon...
  • Prophet's Mosque
    Hajj 2012: Activists, Advocates and Quietists
    I recently returned home from Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and I've beenthinking a lot about this Prophetic saying. It is very common and well know among those pursuing social or political change. It is reported that Prophet Muhammad...
  • The Kaaba Prison Complex
    Hajj 2012: The Kaaba and the Saudi Regime
    I just returned home from Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. They say the sign of a successful pilgrimage is that your life changes. Well, I got that in spades, as I’ll explain soon.There was only one evening that I was able to get near...
  • Will Iran become the next Afghanistan due to the deflation of women’s rights?
    Will Iran become the next Afghanistan due to the deflation of women’s rights?
    Islam has been extremely difficult for non-Muslims to understand. Unfortunately, like many followers of Christianity, Islam is difficult to comprehend even for its followers. Many self-proclaimed leaders in the Muslim world, like Iran’s...
  • Senator Barbara Boxer
    Senator Boxer intervenes with EPA in Mecca odor issue
    MECCA – This week Senator Barbara Boxer issued a statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) crackdown on Western Environmental, Inc., the company that operates a waste handling facility on Native American lands in...
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    "Road to Mecca" finds its own light at SD Rep.
    San Diego, CA--- South African Playwright Athol Fugard’s “Road to Mecca” is currently being mounted on the Lyceum Stage at The San Diego Repertory Theatre. Fugard’s beautifully written drama stars Kandis Chappell (Helen),...
  • Barack Obama meets with Hu Jintao during the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C.
    Religious leadership series: introduction
    Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims. The world can still be generalized as having five major religions, and those named encompass roughly 5.5 of the 6.5 billion people on this planet (sources and results may vary) or about 85% of the...