More than two million Muslims from around the world each year make the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca. This year, the Hajj occurs during the week of Sept. 21.
The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure University will commemorate the event by presenting a National Geographic documentary on the Hajj from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23.
The presentation will take place in the University Club, located above Hickey Dining Hall in Magnano Centre. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
The documentary will be introduced by Fr. Michael Calabria, O.F.M., Ph.D., director of the center. Following the approximately hour-long documentary, members from the St. Bonaventure and Olean-area Muslim communities will offer comments and answer questions about their experiences of making the Hajj.
Panelists include Drs. Zahid and Durriya Khairullah, professors in the School of Business at St. Bonaventure; and Olean physician Dr. Adil al-Humadi, a frequent presenter at the university.
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