Oklahoma Muslims stranded in Mecca after Tropical Storm Sandy

Pilgrims from state make most of storm-related travel delays, pray for victims of storm
by Carla Hinton Modified: November 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm •  Published: November 1, 2012
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Enchassi said Mecca pilgrims from Oklahoma must make connecting flights in international airports to get to and from Saudi Arabia. Those flights usually go through New York or Chicago.

The Associated Press reported that John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia were closed because of the storm, but the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reopened Kennedy Airport for limited flights on Wednesday. LaGuardia Airport resumed flights on Thursday.

Dr. Tariq Mahmoud, an Oklahoma City oncologist, said his son Irfan Mahmoud managed to get a flight out of Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

He said he initially had been concerned about his son getting home but he knew he would be fine with other pilgrims still in Mecca.

Enchassi said some pilgrims may have to take flights that will take them to smaller airports, which means their trip home will take longer. He said the Islamic Society will hold a fundraiser on Friday at the society's mosque, 3815 N St. Clair.

Muslims attending the mosque Friday will be encouraged to donate to the Islamic Relief USA's disaster relief fund for victims of Sandy.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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