Skip to comments.Saudi Arabia: Obama's grandmother in Mecca for 'Hajj' ceremony
Posted on 11/25/2009 1:49:09 PM PST by T. Buzzard Trueblood
Mecca, 25 Nov. (AKI) - The grandmother of US president Barack Obama has arrived in Saudi Arabia for the 'Hajj' or Islamic pilgrimage to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, a Saudi daily said on Wednesday. Sarah Obama, 87, is being accompanied by a nephew and Obama's cousin, Omran.
On Wednesday Sarah Obama was in the valley of Mina with an African delegation, according to the Saudi daily Okaz.
Obama, the mother of the American president's father, lives in a village in Kenya and is one of the many guests of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud.
About two million Muslims converge on Mecca each year for the Hajj pilgrimage but Saudi officials were expecting fewer pilgrims this year due to the threat of the H1N1 virus known as swine flu.
Crowds of pilgrims have been converging on the holy city of Mecca in recent days, and started the Hajj rites on Wednesday.
At the weekend, Saudi health authorities said that four people attending the Hajj had died from the H1N1 virus but sought to play down the risk.
The Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is an obligation for all able-bodied Muslims to attend at least once during their lives, provided they can afford it.
What with 2M there, it’d be a shame to see the H1N1 spread.
Face west and fart!
Why isn’t her grandson accompanying her ?
But, but, last year she was Christian.
Never a better time for a bacon cheeseburger than during Rama Dama Ding Dong!
The First Granny at the Hajj...
Will Barry be joining his Kenyan Toot ???
This must really thrill the people of the USA as Thanksgiving arrives.
I’d almost be willing to bet that once the clown prince is out of office he makes the trip as well.
Did she bring the BC?
" a study conducted in conjunction with Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government found that the Hajj experience promotes peaceful coexistence, equality, and harmony. Specifically, the report states that the Hajj "increases belief in equality and harmony among ethnic groups and Islamic community and that "Hajjis (those who have performed the Hajj) show increased belief in peace, and in equality and harmony among adherents of different religions."
So they like weed out terrorists since anyone completing their Hajj has all these amazing qualities. No?
“Hajjis (those who have performed the Hajj) show increased belief in peace, and in equality and harmony among adherents of different religions.”
Well, maybe except for the Jews. Part of the Hajj consists of wandering back and forth in the same valley where Hagar, the mother of Ishmael and the Arab race, wandered back and forth looking for water after being cast out of the family by Sarah, the mother of Isaac, and the Jews.
To the Muslims, the rivalry in Genesis is as fresh as if it occurred yesterday. They still refer to the Jews as “birthright stealers,” since Ishmael was the firstborn, but the birthright went to Isaac.
“Belief” is one thing. Putting it into action and behaving accordingly is completely different.
It’s all a crock anyway. Mohammed is their leader and they use our Old Testament as cover.
Actually, the Koran tries to put the Muslims at the center of the Biblical stories. For example, in the Koran, the son whom Abraham was told to sacrifice was Ishmael, not Isaac. Their biggest annual celebration, Eid, commemorates the saving of Ishmael from sacrifice.
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