Felt nice to be just another face in the crowd at Hajj: Fawad Khan performing Hajj. Pakistani actor and model Fawad Khan performed his first Hajj this year. Fawad Khan has said it felt good to be a face in the crowd during Hajj.
Felt nice to be just another face in the crowd at Hajj: Fawad Khan performing Hajj
The 36 year old actor was invited to a dinner hosted by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Media. Khan enjoyed most about his experience was the fact that he was just another face in the crowd at Hajj.
Being one among 2.4 million people is the easiest thing on earth, Khan said in an interview with Arab News.
“You feel comfortable because you are in the same space with other people who bare their hearts to God. You feel just like any other person among them. And you are not under media scrutiny as you are on normal days,” Khan shared.
Known for his roles in successful Pakistani dramas such as Humsafar and Zindagi Gulzar Hai. Khan has also made a name for himself across the border with his roles in Bollywood movie Khoobsurat and Kapoor & Sons.
“I enjoy the anonymity now and then,” he said.
“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,” actor added.
Few of his admirers are aware that Khan spent part of his childhood in the Saudi capital Riyadh, where his father was employed.
“I was in Riyadh from 1986 to 1992 as a child,” he said. “My mother is a very pious woman and when my father was posted to Riyadh, she would say, ‘I will never miss an opportunity to perform Umrah,’ so we used to perform Umrah every year.”
“Hajj was made very easy by the ministry. The facilities made everything comfortable despite the blistering heat,” he said.
“The arrangements were seamless. At Jamrat, where the stoning ritual takes place, there is a sea of people coming down and you feel like it is going to be impossible. Then you get into the crowd and you start moving slowly but comfortably. There is still space to move even though it looks like it is impossible. And then, suddenly, you are done,” he added.
The actor also said people should undertake the pilgrimage when they are young.
“My reason for saying that is not just because of the energy of the young and able,” he said.
“Imagine meeting three million Muslims coming from different backgrounds. He walks of life from many different countries and spending 10 days with them. It is the best form of communication. Being exposed to these things teaches you tolerance and gives you an invaluable form of education.”