Falls Church Muslims Mourn the Deaths of Family in Jordanian Bombings

November 11, 2005

Source: The Washington Post


On November 11, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "After thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of their capital yesterday to protest hotel bombings that killed 59 people there, Muslims gathered in Falls Church last night to offer condolences to two local families that lost at least 17 relatives in the attacks.

As men filed in to the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center for evening prayers, many embraced Allam Hwail and Allam Al-Alami, Palestinian Jordanians who have known each other for years. It wasn't until yesterday that they realized that they both were related to the families that had gathered Wednesday at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Amman for a wedding.

Relatives had traveled from Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, France and the Netherlands Antilles to attend the wedding. But as guests were entering the ballroom, a suicide bomber detonated explosives in the crowd.

'My second cousin . . . my dad's first cousin,' said Allam Hwail, 37, reeling off some of the relatives who were killed -- including an uncle, the father of the groom.

Addressing more than 200 worshipers last night at the Falls Church mosque, Sheikh Shaker Elsayed said: 'Brother Al-Alami and Brother Hwail lost 17 members of their family through . . . this senseless act -- people who did nothing but go about celebrating the wedding of their son and daughter.'"