Performing Hajj is every Muslim’s dream and that is the same case for Pakistani heartthrob, Fawad Khan who completed his first Hajj just recently. The actor couldn’t help but share his journey with the rest of the world in a recent interview.
In an interview with Arab Times, Fawad Khan expressed his joy on performing Hajj for the first time. That’s not all, the singer turned actor was also honored to be hosted by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Media during the time he performed Hajj.
He explained that it gave him childhood nostalgia from the time he used to live in Saudia Arabia.
“Being one among 2.4 million people is the easiest thing on earth,” he said. “You feel comfortable because you are in the same space with other people who bare their hearts to God. You feel like any other person among them.”
“It feels nice to be a face in the crowd. 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.” he continued.
Fawad also expressed that he was worried about receiving adulation from his fans during his pilgrimage but luckily, it didn’t happen.
“When I wake up, I feel just as human as all people do,” he said. “When I see such a massive outpouring of affection and adulation, I feel frightened since being elevated to such a position is something to be feared. It is an honor, yes, but I also feel afraid because the responsibilities are greater,” he explained.
Fawad Khan also explained that he spent most of his childhood in Riyadh.
“I was in Riyadh from 1986 to 1992 as a child and my mother would insist on performing Umrah every year with the family,” he said.
“It reminded me of my childhood. I really enjoyed the time when I was growing up. When I left Riyadh, I was sad because those were my formative years. I had a feeling of nostalgia. 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.”
When asked about his favorite moment during Hajj, Fawad shared, “It was all very spiritual. I remember on the night before the trek to Arafat, there was wind blowing and it suddenly started raining, and lightning was streaking the sky. It was humbling and it felt like someone from on high was talking to us.” he concluded.
Check out the whole interview below!
#Hajj means many things, such as a show of devotion and a demonstration of solidarity with #Muslims worldwide. And for award-winning #Pakistani actor, model and singer #FawadKhan, it also offered a rare chance to escape the spotlight. @thefawsadkhan https://t.co/TWy9MIL08v pic.twitter.com/dUX0LkLzmn
— Arab News (@arabnews) August 27, 2018
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