Source: The Columbus Dispatch
On March 2, 2001, The Columbus Dispatch reported on the thousands of American Muslims who in recent years have made the pilgrimage, or hajj, to Saudi Arabia that all Muslims are required to make once in their lifetimes. The hajj unites people of different colors and nationalities and from different branches of Islam. For many it is an unsurpassable experience. "The trip has a spiritual effect that many, regardless of religion, attempt to achieve."