How the Haji Healing Salon Came to Be – South Side Weekly

The vision was so persistent.” Aya-Nikole Cook, the director and founder of the Haji Healing Salonhas been an entrepreneur for many years and pursued multiple projects, but nothing has driven her as much as her vision for the community healing sanctuary now located in Bronzeville.

Hajji is an honorific title given to a person of Islamic faith that has completed the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Hundreds of thousands of faithful Islamic people travel to Mecca each year to fulfill this divine duty. This journey, or Hajj, is a testament to their faith, devotion and love for God. While Cook is not Muslim, her dear friend who is of Islamic faith gave her that title out of respect for her spiritual devotion and love. She also sees herself as being a spiritual pilgrim or traveler through life.

Life is an unavoidable journey. We learn every step of the way on our individual paths and form relationships with others who are on their own paths. “Hajji Healing is like a beacon of light for all people” who are on life’s journey and seeking healing, said Cook. Haji Healing goes deeper than the more popularized self-care rhetoric like hydrating face masks. A path of healing and spirituality is not easy, but it is available to anyone with the courage and open heart to step on the journey. The good news is that there is a community of individuals or “travelers” on their own path who you can draw strength and support from.

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