Fawad Khan, Pakistan’s hottest and biggest stars recently performed Hajj. The news came as a shock as many people did not know the actor had gone for the pilgrimage. As pictures of him post-Hajj emerged, people lost it as the actor had not shaven his head.
In a recent interview to Arab News, the actor talked about his experience at Hajj.
Fawad Khan said that Makkah is not only a place for pilgrimage, it is a place to be part of something much larger. He particularly said that being part of a 3 million people event helps to promote unity and the exchange of ideas.
Fawad expressed gratitude for all the people he met, from all walks of life at Hajj.
What Fawad really cherished about the experience was the ability to blend in and become ‘a face in the crowd’. He was just another person at Hajj and was not a famous celebrity for a while. He could let loose and really connect spiritually to God.
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‘In a way, it is very refreshing. People during Hajj are so busy and caught up in what they are doing that they don’t have time for these things. They are very considerate. They are very careful about what they are doing.’
Also, Fawad Khan revealed that he had lived in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, from 1986 to 1992.
In this time, he and his family performed Umrah multiple times due to proximity. He said that due to his mother being pious, his family performed Umrah at least once a year. Because of this, he has a close connection to Makkah and The Grand Mosque.
Fawad remarked on how things have changed at Makkah, in terms of the number of people coming in for Hajj; ‘I remember as a child when performing Umrah, there wasn’t much rush or traffic. The running between Safa and Marwa as part of the ritual was more like a game because I would race with my sister at that time and being there again brought all those memories back.’
‘I cherished my childhood, so I think I got my childhood back this time’
You can read the entire interview here.