Islamic Society of Augusta honors families who made pilgrimage to Mecca

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Waranga Wassimi (right) and her husband, Nasrat Wassimi, talk about their recent pilgrimage to Mecca.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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Waranga Wassimi (right) and her husband, Nasrat Wassimi, talk about their recent pilgrimage to Mecca.

A month or two ago, Waranga Wassimi didn’t often wear the head scarf commonly worn by fellow female Muslims.

That has changed since she returned from the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca undertaken by all Muslims who are able at some point in their lifetime.

Wassimi and her husband, Nasrat, were one of seven local families to take the journey this year. A reception was held in their honor Friday night at the Islamic Society of Augusta.

It’s a blessing to have so many Hajjis, Imam Majed Sabke said. “They are an example to the community,” he said.

Most traveled to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia from Nov. 28 to Dec. 10.

“Ours were express (trips),” Wassimi said. “Some people go for months.”

Either way, it makes for a life-changing journey, she said.

“It was amazing there. It was such a beautiful place,” Wassimi said. “We prayed most of the time.”

Wassimi also shopped for items to bring home, including a Quran and prayer rug.

“It changed me,” she said. “Before I wouldn’t wear my head scarf often. Before I was rushing though my prayers. Now, I pray with all my heart. I wear my head scarf. People can see I’m Muslim, and it makes me proud.”

The generosity and goodwill Faheem Nusrat witnessed was “inspiring,” he said.

The Grovetown resident and his wife spent three days in Medina and nine days in Mecca. They visited the Kaaba, the most sacred site in Islam, at midnight, thinking they would avoid the crowds. But there were millions of pilgrims there praying, regardless of the time of day, Nusrat said.

Name a country, and pilgrims from that place could be found in Mecca.

“The link between them was God,” he said.

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JRC2024
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JRC2024 12/10/11 - 12:30 pm
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bj, where is the church. In

bj, where is the church. In Vegas at the MGM. Is is big enough.

harley_52
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harley_52 12/10/11 - 03:01 pm
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bjphysics said "You might be

bjphysics said "You might be right but it could also be an attempt to cover a religion many of us know little about."

Yes, it could. Why am I not surprised to see you highlight that possibility?

What makes you think many of us "know so little about" Islam?

How much should we know?

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 12/10/11 - 04:31 pm
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Why it is OK for a man to

Why it is OK for a man to have four wives but ladies can't have but one husband?

RedQuinoa
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RedQuinoa 12/10/11 - 04:36 pm
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Haters, all. How sad and

Haters, all. How sad and cruel. You don't even know the man and his wife.

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Riverman1 12/10/11 - 05:17 pm
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Fred, perfect. Brad, next

Fred, perfect. Brad, next question.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 12/10/11 - 05:33 pm
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harley_52: “bjphysics said

harley_52:

“bjphysics said ‘You might be right but it could also be an attempt to cover a religion many of us know little about.’

Yes, it could. Why am I not surprised to see you highlight that possibility?”

Actually it was a setup to segue into my description of The Church of the Realized Fantasy and nothing more; however, I neglected to point out the CRF’s ecclesiology allows for 1 wife/X-husbands, 1 husband/Y-wives, XY-husbands/YZ-wives, 2-dogs/1-cat, etc.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 12/10/11 - 06:30 pm
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Ahhhhh yes, the "religion of
Unpublished

Ahhhhh yes, the "religion of peace".

Google "Dearborn MI, Islam" for a quick glimpse of how Augustanistan might look in the future, if the "religion of peace" gets a hold in the deep south.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/10/11 - 06:33 pm
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Cobalt back with a little

Cobalt back with a little common sense future prediction to all you long page commentaters. Just saddle up your Bible and send it to OK Corral, because there is a NEW GOD in town.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 12/10/11 - 06:37 pm
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Young Fred: “Many fail to

Young Fred: “Many fail to realize a high IQ doesn’t presuppose wisdom.”

Sometime true but often not; largely promulgated by the crafty of the less educated to lure and entice the masses, by flattering their pride and deceiving their ignorance.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/10/11 - 06:39 pm
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bjphysics
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bjphysics 12/10/11 - 06:48 pm
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harley_52
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harley_52 12/10/11 - 07:11 pm
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bjphysics said "Sometime true

bjphysics said "Sometime true but often not; largely promulgated by the crafty of the less educated to lure and entice the masses, by flattering their pride and deceiving their ignorance."

I find it to be true more often than not when the subject is outside the field of the educated one who confuses his knowledge in his technical area with wisdom about the rest of life's subjects and issues.

Liberals in particular, I think, confuse being "educated" with being "enlightened," or even "intelligent."

harley_52
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harley_52 12/10/11 - 07:14 pm
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bjphysics said "OK

bjphysics said "OK Corral"

That's not the best western movie fight scene ever.

This is......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWTNBRs7Ccs

harley_52
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harley_52 12/10/11 - 07:20 pm
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Or perhaps this, where Clint

Or perhaps this, where Clint Eastwood proves he's not afraid to admit a mistake.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeFpM2OEWPs&feature=related

bjphysics
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bjphysics 12/11/11 - 12:49 am
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Classics, every now and then

Classics, every now and then they make a good one but for the most part they don't make them like they used too.

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