I’m following a collection of tags and blogs as this year’s Hajj is about to commence. I am particularly interested in the notion of the modern hajj and the juxtaposition of the rites of the pilgrimage with modern means of technology, social media, and apps.
Hazali’s tumblr is full of up to date photos and news of his Hajj experience. One intriguing part of this is that as a music producer and artist he has also made a track about his desire to perform Hajj. you can listen to it on his soundcloud page. Following his updates it also seems like this is going to get a play on Saudi Radio and he has set up a meet with the media in Mecca.
I recently spoke at the Islamic Civlizations event at CUHK on the topic of the challenges of the contemporary Hajj. On the issue of mobile phones and tawaf Professor Ibrahim Zain commented that technology on Hajj is all valid. It aids Muslims in their communications with each other and the Hajj is about coming together as a community.
Hezali seems to be a personification of this point.