A Maryland couple died from extreme heat while performing the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia

BALTIMORE — A Maryland couple were among more than 1,300 people who died during extreme temperatures during the Middle Eastern Hajj.

US Senate candidate, Angela Alsobrooks, confirmed in a post on X, previously Twitter, that Alhaji Aliu Dawusi and Alhajia Isatou Wori died during a trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Albrooks said the couple was actively involved in their community. A spokesperson confirmed that the woman was a volunteer for Albrooks’ campaign.

Alsobrooks said in a statement: “Alhaji Aliu Dausi and Hajia Isatou Wori died while performing Hajj in Mecca due to extreme heat.” “Alhaji Isatou Wori was an incredibly active member of our community. She was involved in numerous community organizations, making transformative impacts that were felt locally and globally. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with their families during this difficult time. Their loss is profound, and they will be greatly missed.”

The couple from Bowie are believed to have died of heatstroke in temperatures exceeding 110 degrees Celsius in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

“All we know is that it was due to natural causes, and someone from the US embassy advised that the natural causes could be due to heat stroke, which based on the temperature, people were saying it was 110 degrees.” Saeeda Wari told CNN. “There are millions of people and they have to walk for long hours. It was likely heatstroke for both my parents.”

All Muslims are required to perform Hajj once in their lifetime if they are physically and financially able to do so. Many wealthy Muslims perform the Hajj more than once. According to the Qur’an, Islam’s holy book, the rituals largely commemorate the Prophet Abraham, his son the Prophet Ishmael, Ishmael’s mother Hagar and the Prophet Muhammad.

According to CBS News, the Hajj season, which is timed according to the Islamic lunar calendar, fell again this year during the oven-like Saudi summer.

Every year, tens of thousands of pilgrims attempt to perform the Hajj through irregular channels because they cannot afford the often expensive official permits. says CBS News.

This group was more vulnerable to the heat because, without official permits, they could not access the air-conditioned spaces that Saudi authorities provide for the 1.8 million pilgrims who are authorized to cool off after hours of walking and praying outside.

Saeeda Wori said her parents saved their life savings for this trip.

“They saved their savings, I think it was about $11,500 per person, they saved their entire lives to embark on this trip,” she said. “They didn’t receive the proper preparation and proper documentation. It was just a nightmare experience of the trip.”

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