How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?

by

Moustafa Bayoumi

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The birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad, an ancient city in present-day Saudi Arabia that remains Islam’s holiest site. Millions of Muslims come to Mecca each year, mostly for the annual pilgrimage (the Hajj).
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Rami
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...of Jaafar, who takes him around Amman’s mosques, accompanies him during an off-season pilgrimage to Mecca, and attends religious discussions with him. Rami fantasizes about returning to Amman as soon as... (full context)
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...a recent immigrant from Egypt; once, they talk about Qur’anic recitation and imagine preaching in Mecca, then notice the police searching a car nearby and mention their fear of being targeted... (full context)