Ellison: Hajj was transformative

  • Article by: MITCH ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 18, 2008 - 11:39 PM

The Minneapolis congressman describes his journey to the holy city of Mecca with 3 million other Muslim pilgrims.

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memorylaneDec. 18, 08 2:01 PM

comforting to know. We need closer ties to the Muslim world. Many of our recent imigrants to Minnesota are Muslim. Ellison is an excellent representive for all of Minnesota.

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ricky56Dec. 18, 08 2:09 PM

Since I left the state, all has gone to hell. I miss my Minnesota. Glad I didn't vote for him you all did.

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KTGDec. 18, 08 2:20 PM

Why is this still a story?

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pattayaDec. 18, 08 2:24 PM

Throwing pebbles at a rock...........my God, what kind of nuttiness is this..........hard to respect a religion with such tripe. The one thing Marx was right about is that organized religion IS the opiate of the masses and one of the biggest boondoggles of mankind. He could have done that in his own back yard. What you choose to believe is strictly a personal matter and not some grouping of the masses, most of whom cannot afford the cost of such a trip, not to mention the madness of hundreds getting killed by getting trampled upon..it is all too crazy to comprehend...........The Great Creator of All Mankind would not be so petty as to condone most of the religious traditions of today...........get your thinking into order..........why would a Creator of this vast Universe need these ridiculous rituals......HE would not.

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woodtick57Dec. 18, 08 2:40 PM

Would this 'ridiculous ritual' be any nuttier than the eating of one's saviour's flesh? Or the drinking of his blood?

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ShaneDNDec. 18, 08 2:42 PM

Once again the StarTribune "reviews" (ie: filters) comments on a story about muslims, but you will not see this on a story about Christianity. Are you afraid the peace loving muslims will riot like in Europe if some commentors say not-nice things?

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gvvoiceDec. 18, 08 2:47 PM

Why does Minnesota continue to elect politicians that do not represent them? I am happy that Mr. Ellison represents the muslim immigrants of Minnesota. Since I live in the 5th district I hope to have someone that represents me in congress someday.

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trefflerDec. 18, 08 2:50 PM

This is a story because it's informative and tells us a little about the personal life of Congressman Ellison. Most of the news stories concerning Islam are negative and give the impression that all Muslims are bad people. We need stories like this one because it reminds us that Islam is a sacred religion to millions of people, and that the radical beliefs of some do not represent the beliefs of all.

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knowusuckDec. 18, 08 3:28 PM

If you wear your religion on your sleeve, expect to be tested. So Ellison met a former Saudi Oil Minister. I wonder if he asked him why OPEC thinks they need to collusively and artificially raise the price of oil to $80-$90 a barrel. Yet when oil was $147 a barrel and Bush asked the Saudis to increase production to help ease prices, the Saudis just shrugged off his request and said that price is what the market demands. Or why the Saudis continue to use their oil money to fund Wahhabi Islam schools that are educating the next generation of religious hatred and Islamic terrorists. Or did they just talk about their sandals?

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aviendhaDec. 18, 08 3:28 PM

Seriously. I'm sick of reading comments from people who can't muster up a tiny bit of respect for someone else's beliefs. "Throwing pebbles at a rock" is no sillier than pretending to "drink blood" and "eat flesh" of a guy who was his own father, if you want to break it down into the most ridiculous language possible. Of course, anything could sound stupid when one makes an effort. There are plenty of locations to which religious pilgrimages are made, from the holy waters of Lourdes, to the Vatican, to the Wailing Wall and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Who are you to crap on someone else's traditions?

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