Maryland Muslim Creates Drive-Thru Hajj Model

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Missing hajj this year, Maryland Muslim resident Mona Eldadah was determined to create a mini-hajj model that connects the community and brings them together in a safe way.


Feeding the poor and needy is an act that draws us closer to Allah. We earn His forgiveness, mercies and blessings through this act of charity.

“Anyone who looks after and works for a widow and a poor person is like a warrior fighting for Allah?s cause, or like a person who fasts during the day and prays all night. (Bukhari)

Therefore, she came up with the following:

  • She created a short track with stations symbolizing all Hajj rites
  • She built an eight-foot-tall Ka`bah using PVC pipe draped with black flannel
  • Tawaf (circumambulation) track for cars
  • A slalom of traffic cones between two “mountains” to symbolize Safa and Marwa
  • An “almost like Zamzam water” stop
  • She erected white pop-up children’s tents in a parking lot to resemble Mina tents
  • Visitors received plastic bags of pebbles as they approached a “pillar” of bricks built out of cardboard boxes

Eldadah was all set to go to hajj pilgrimage this year until the coronavirus pandemic forced Saudi Arabia to cancel the hajj for international pilgrims.

Feeling disappointed, Eldadah, the creative director of the Next Wave Muslim Initiative, a group that meets in community centers in Montgomery County, wanted to offer Muslims a touch of the hajj experience at home.

“We wondered, how could we create something that could still have the meaning and connection and bring in the community in a safe way?” she told DCIST.

Maryland Muslim Creates Drive-Thru Hajj Model - About Islam

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Hajj Model

Four months into the pandemic, Muslim parents, like the rest of the region, were hungry for new ways to entertain their children.

Therefore, she created home-made Ka`bah model in a drive-thru track so that families could pull in and follow stations symbolizing all the rites they were missing from hajj.

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