In recent months, many prominent religious leaders have been urging Muslims to boycott the Hajj. The gravity of this request cannot be overemphasized: the pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the five religious pillars of Islam, and one that Muslims hold very dear. It is a dream for most Muslims to be able to perform the pilgrimage, which is taxing at every level: physically, emotionally, spiritually, and of course, financially. However, the spiritual rewards and the renewal of faith that many experience during this sacred journey far outweighs all its demands. Linguistically, hajj means to seek or intend. Muslims intend to get closer to God (Allah in Arabic) by performing the Hajj pilgrimage.
Saudi Arabia fueling violence in Muslim countries while disregarding human rights at home is prompting Muslims to boycott the hajj.
Beliefs vs ethics - tough one for the muslims.