Unable To Travel To Mecca, Muslim Community Holds Drive-Thru Hajj

Yaseen Khan, 6, throws stones at a homemade pillar, suggested to stimulate the routine of driving away the devil during the hajj.

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Yaseen Khan, 6, tosses stones at a homemade pillar, indicated to stimulate the ritual of repeling the devil during the hajj.

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” Nobody understands whether theyre bad or theyre abundant or whatever. Equality 100 percent,” he stated. “And that is the charm of the whole thing.”

That was meaningful for Ranwa Abdelnabi, 45, who just recently moved from Egypt with her partner and daughter. She said the past few months have actually been isolating.

Eldadah fixed her dad.

Consistently speaking, it was not an alternative for the genuine hajj, which all Muslims need to attempt to make in their life time.

Eldadah hosted the mock trip at Sandy Spring Friends School, where 2 of her children went to school and a 3rd is set to begin in the fall. Eldadah wore her holiday tunic and a face mask and directed guests to stations where they could reenact the rites she was missing out on.

In Mecca, a river of Muslims, all dressed in white, circles the Kaaba. By contrast, in Sandy Spring, Hondas and Teslas drove around a mockup of the monument made from black flannel curtained over PVC pipe.

” This is the first year I saw that, since of COVID. I believed it was really adorable to keep the kids and the households engaged,” she said.

Islamic schools frequently teach kids utilizing a mini hajj, stated Hurunnessa Fariad, who heads outreach at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling, Va., one of the largest mosques in the country. Those indoor trips are mostly canceled this year. Fariad stated she never heard of a drive-through.

” No, Daddy, the idea is that the cars and truck is in fact going to do the tawaf,” she stated. “Its a drive-through.”

Hadi Rahnama, 77, was walking around a black cube, a replica of the Kaaba shrine in Mecca, to show the tawaf, or routine prayer, that Muslims perform when they visit the shrine on the hajj.

Eldadah stated she hoped the “pilgrims” drove away motivated to go on the genuine journey once its possible.

When many Muslims carry out the pilgrimage to Mecca, this is the time of year.

” All youre doing is sort of keeping an eye out from your window,” she stated. “But you get in the celebrations of the season. So I stated, you understand, we might do the same thing.”

Fatimeh Asi, a 38-year-old housewife and mother of three daughters, said she discovered the drive-through revitalizing. At the Maryland mini hajj, she got out of her blue Tesla and stood, masked, with pals near the parking lot. She stated she marked Ramadan by tuning into Zoom sermons and other holidays with smaller sized family events, however hardly ever saw members of her congregation in the pandemic.

Rahnama had made the real trip to Mecca 3 times, where he signed up with a river of Muslims, all dressed in white, circling the black monolith.

Eldadah approximates about 500 people pertained to the drive-through trip. The visitors likewise left about $2,000 in contributions for the clingy, she stated. Eldadah stated she hoped the “pilgrims” drove away motivated to go on the genuine journey once its possible.

So Eldadah and her daddy participated in a mock version of the hajj last Sunday in Sandy Spring, Md., done by cars and truck to keep people safe from COVID-19.

She is imaginative director of Next Wave Muslim Initiative, a Montgomery County, Md. Islamic group that fulfills in conference. She proposed to her colleagues that they record the vacation spirit by vehicle– similar to a drive to see Christmas lights.

At another station, 6-year-old Yaseen Khan leaned out of a white minivan to throw pebbles at a cardboard pillar. That evoked the hajj rite of casting stones to drive out the devil.

Eldadah, 43, had prepared to be in Mecca this week, using a flowing white embroidered tunic that her mother-in-law wore on her own hajj.

Islamic schools frequently teach children using a mini hajj, stated Hurunnessa Fariad, who heads outreach at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling, Va., one of the biggest mosques in the country. Fariad said she never heard of a drive-through.

The visitors could hear a live chanting of the prayer recited on “Mount Arafat,” which pilgrims on hajj visit to honor where the Prophet Muhammad provided his last sermon.

” It requires time to really build strong relationships, so the pandemic is not assisting that,” Abdelnabi stated.

The coronavirus pandemic has actually prompted Saudi Arabia to restrict access to a restricted number of Saudis and foreigners living inside the kingdom.

Fatimeh Asi, a 38-year-old housewife and mom of 3 children, said she found the drive-through rejuvenating. She stated she marked Ramadan by tuning into Zoom preachings and other holidays with smaller sized household events, however hardly ever saw members of her parish in the pandemic.

This innovation is part of a pattern throughout religious beliefs of trying to find brand-new methods of keeping the faith during a pandemic. One Los Angeles cantor presided over a “Car Mitzvah” event in a car park. Churches hosted drive-in services.

” It definitely feels much more safe when were in a vehicle, not near a lot of individuals. Its really great what they did,” stated Khan.

At a traffic circle in Maryland, Mona Eldadah watched her dad plodding in circles.

” This is the first real real-deal neighborhood feeling, and my kids seeming like theyre seeing the remainder of the community,” she said. “This is the very first.”

His dad Faisal Khan, 41, stated hes been preventing mosques since of the pandemic. He still desired to teach his two young boys about the vacation.