Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Shahiid Maxamed Xuseen Axmed

1951—3 April 1996

Xaaji waxa uu markii taariikhdu ahayd 1951 ku dhashay meesha la yidhaahdo Gar-Adag ee Gobolka Sanaag. Waxa uu ahaa nin deggan oo maskax badan isla markaasna jecel inuu ka faa’idaysto wakhtiga uu firaaqada leeyahay. Marka aanu wax baraynin, waxaa dabeecad u ahayd inuu wax akhriyo. Si badheedh ah ayuu isaga ilaalin jiray inaanu wakhtigiisa ku luminin doodaha ku salaysan siyaasadda ee maqaaxiyaha lagaga doodo. Degganaanshihiisa aawadeed, waxa lagu naanaysay "Xaaji" isagoo wiil yar ah, balse weligiis muu booqanin magaalada Maka ee ku taalla carriga Sacuudiga.

Isagoo dhallinyaro ah ayuu Xaaji u guuray Muqdisho isla markaana wuxuu darajo waxbarashada ah ka dhammaystay Kulliyaddii Lafoole. Wuxuu waxbaris ka bilaabay deegaannada woqooyiga Soomaaliya, mar danbena wuxuu wax ka dhigay dugsiyo ku yaalla koonfurta sida Qoryoolay iyo Kurtunwaarey. Muddo toban sano ah kadib markuu macallinnimo ku shaqeeyay, Xaaji waxa loo doortay inuu waxbarashadiisa Master-ka ku soo diyaariyo Jaamacadda Saskatchewan. Markuu ugu horrayntii yimid waddanka Kanada sanaddii 1980, Xaaji wuxuu ka shaki qabay inay jirto diin sax ahi.

Si kastaba ha ahaatee, intuu Jaamacadda wax ka baranaayay, Xaaji wuxuu la kulmay kuwo ka mid ah xerta taabacsan Ciise Masiix. Markhaatifurkooda awgiisna, waxa uu bilaabay inuu akhriyo Kitaabka Quduuska ah taasina waxay u horseedday inuu rumaystay Masiixa. Xaaji markii uu dib ugu laabtay Muqdisho sanadkii 1984, waxa uu borofisoor ka noqday qaybta horumarinta tacliinta iyo manhajka ee kulliyadda Lafoole. Waxa kale oo uu ka qaybgali jiray kulan caabudaad ah oo ay isugu iman jireen Soomaalida Masiixiyiinta ah ee wakhtigaas ku noolayd Muqdisho. Sidoo kale Xaaji waxa uu iimaankiisa la wadaagay kuwo ka mida qoyskiisa.

Markii dagaalka sokeeye ka qarxay Soomaaliya sanadkii 1991 kaddib, Xaaji dib uguma laabanin gobollada woqooyi ee uu ka soo jeeday balse wuxuu ku sii negaaday Muqdisho. Wuxuu u shaqeeyay ururro kala gedisan oo qaabilsan gargaarka bini-aadannimo, gaar ahaanna wuxuu kala shaqeeyay dhinaca waxbarashada. Sanadihii 1993 iyo 1994, Xaaji wuxuu koorsooyin tababbar ah u aaday magaaladii Nayroobi labada jeerbana wuxuu dib ugu laabtay Muqdisho si uu shaqadiisa ku aaddan waxbarashada halkaas uga sii ambo- qaado.

Labadii bilood ee ugu horreeyay sanadkii 1994, Xaaji wuxuu badanaa wakhtiyadiisa gelinka danbe la qaadan jiray Liibaan Ibraahin Xasan maadaama oo ay xafiisyadoodu isku meel ku yaalleen, waxayna falaqayn jireen mawduucyo la xidhiidha Kitaabka Quduuska ah. Bishii Maarso 21, Xaaji wuxuu subax hore ku soo kallahay shaqada isagoo maqaaxi ku dhow xafiiska fadhiyana, wuxuu arkayay Liibaan oo soo socda. Subaxdaas iyada ah Xaaji wuxuu u soo taagnaa fal naxdin leh oo ahaa in niman madaxa duubani ay Liibaan hortiisa ku dileen [halkan riix/guji si aad u akhrido taariikh-nololeedkii shahiid Liibaan].

Markii uu Xaaji seminaar kale u aaday Nayroobi dhammaadkii 1994, wuxuu tibaaxay inuu si weyn uga walaacsan yahay ammaankiisa maadaama oo dhaqdhaqaaqa xagjirku uu ku sii kordhaayay Muqdisho. Bishii Abriil 3, 1996, Xaaji Maxamed Xuseen waa la afduubay, isla maalintii xigtayna waxa maydkiisa laga helay guri kharaab ah oo u dhow halka uu gurigiisu ku yaallay.

Dhimashadiisii kaddib, xus isaga loogu sameeyay Nayroobi, waxa ka hadlay mid ka mida Soomaalida Masiixiyiinta ah oo yidhi: "Waxa jiray wakhti aan jarribaad ku galay inaan iimaankayga qariyo. Markii u danbaysay een isaga arkay, wuxuu igu adkeeyay inaanan marnaba dafirin rumaysadkayga Masiixa. Imika, dhimashadiisa kadib, waxaan rabaa inaan sidiisii oo kale geesi noqdo, haddii loo baahdana inaan u dhinto intii aan iska-dhigi lahaa inaanan Masiixi ahayn."

Sidoo kale xuskan dhexdiisa, waxa isna ka hadlay qof kale oo sheegay in Xaaji uu labadii bilood ee ugu danbaysay noloshiisa uu aad uga walaacsanaa hanjabaadaha kaga imanaayay xagjirka. Sidaasoo ay tahayna, marka la eego noloshiisa ruuxi ahaaneed, wuxuu aad ugu furnaa marag-furista, sidoo kalena si joogta ah oo xamaasad leh ayuu u tukan jirey. Waxa jiray qof shaqo cusub u helay Xaaji, laakiinse waxa ay ahayd isla toddobaadkii la dilay. Xaaji waxa uu ahaa Masiixigii Soomaaliyeed ee lixaad ee lagu dilo Muqdisho kadib dhimashadii Liibaan Ibraahim Xasan ee 21 Maarso 1994.

Xaaji wuxuu ahaa muwaadin Soomaaliyeed oo dhab ah, isla markaasna aan oggolaanin in cudurka qabyaaladdu uu saameeyo fikirkiisa iyo ficilladiisaba. Xitaa wuxuu sameeyay mashruuc baadhitaan ah oo xasaasi ah kuna salaysan xidhiidhka qabaabi’lka sanadkii 1987, waxaana gacan siinayay shan qalinjebiyayaal ah oo kale. Baadhitaankooda waxyaalihii ay ku heleeni waxay ahayd digniin cad oo ka digaysa khatarta qabyaaladda iyo inay burbur ku keeni doontay ummadda Soomaaliyeed. Muddo dhan 25 sano kadib, talo-bixintii uu Xaaji ku soo xidhay warbixintiisu waa mid ilaa maanta wax ku ool u ah isla sidii wakhtigii uu qoray. Haddii la dhaqan-gelin lahaana, waxay gacan weyn ka geysan lahayd heshiisiinta iyo dib-u-dhiska bulshada Soomaaliyeed.

Shaqadiisii xagga wax-barashada, Xaaji waxa uu ku muujiyay siduu u taabacsan yahay waxbarista Sayid Ciise Masiix oo xertiisa u sheegay inay jaarkooda u jeclaadaan sida ay naftooda u jecelyihiin oo kale, iyo in xitaa ay jeclaadaan cadaawayaashooda [Injiilka sida Matayos u qoray 5:43-46]. sida Matayos u qoray 5:43-46]. Waxa intaas dheer, isagoo muujiyay sida iimaankiisa uu ku qabo Masiixu uu uga yeelay muwaaddin wanaagsan, xataa haddii dawladdu dhacdo [Warqaddii rasuul Bawlos u qoray dadka Rooma 13:1-7]. 
[Warqaddii rasuul Bawlos u qoray dadka Rooma 13:1-7]. Xaaji wuxuu ahaa nabaddoon sida uu Sayid Ciise Masiix ku tilmaamay Wacdintii Buurta dusheeda [Matayos 5: 9-12]. 

Xaaji waxa uu ahaa nin is hoosaysiiya oo daacad uga hadla iintiisa. Sidoo kale wuxuu rumaysnaa inay muhiim tahay inay barayaasha ama macallimiintu dadka saameeyaan inta ay yar yihiin si loo arko is-beddel waxtar leh oo ka muuqda rumaysadka iyo dabeecaddaba.

Source: Nolosha Cusub

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Gabay: Markhaatifur



Anigoo dhawaan safar dhulka ah kaga soo baxay Hargeisa kuna sii jeeda Berbera ayaan waxaan ku leexday tuulada Macalinkeed Disho oo aan habeen ku hoyday. Anigoo hurdadu meel wacan ii marayso ayaan riyo ku arkay walaashay, xagga ruuxa, Dr. Maryan Cabdullaahi Macalin Maxamed, oo 14 October ee sanadkan ku geeriyootay kharixii ka dhacay Zope. Waxay isoo fartay gabaygan in aan gaarsiiyo Soomaalida.

Dib u eegistii 1aad, 02 November 2017

Maryan ma ahayn Masiixi iyo waxaan, maqlayay maalmahan
Uu maqaal ku soo qoray Bashiir[1], meel walbana geeyay
Ii masabidaayaan gartaa, maalinya habeene
Milgaheeda yaan doonayaa, inaan mar uun sheego
I dhegaysta anigaa murtida, Eebbe igu miisay

Maro kuma xirna oo Bashiir, wuu mutuxan yahay
Ma wakiil ayuu iga yahoo, wuu i matalaayay?
Mindirraacintiisiyo bal eeg, iyo miraafkiisa
Is miidaamintiisan arkaa, meelna loo dayine
Miyuu gacan madoobaadayoo, waa musallif ruuxu?

Muslim Shaaficiya yaan ahaa, aan mala lahayne
Afar sanno mar laga joogo yaan, raacayna Masiixa
Magaciisu iga mayr dembigi, waanan mahadshaaye
Ku mutaystay jannadaan hedeer, aan mushaaxayaaye
Eebbaan ku mahadinahayaa, maqaamka aan joogo

Ina Maxamad aabbahy hadduu, Muslim igu sheegay
Magaciis ha raagee haddii, murugo ay saaqday
In Islaamku uu yahay muquuf, waa mid uu garane
Muqdishuu ku noolyahoo haddeer, la is muquunshaaye
Muslim laaya Muslimiinta yaa, meel walbaba taagan

Ehelkayga mid yaan oranayaa, werefku meermeershay
War Masiixa aamina intaan, maydku idin taaban
Maxamaddiyaddu diin maahine, maqla digniintayda
Waxaa lagu mutaysanahayaa, moolkii naareede
Ka soo baxa mirifkeeda oo, raacana Masiixa

Soomaali Maxamaday i maqal, haygana mashquulin
Muunad beel waxaa idinku riday, madax adayg baase
Hadaad Maxamad diidaan mar hore, raacdaana Masiixa
Muusannawgu wuu hari lahaa, Eebbe maragtiiye
Nabad iyo muwaafaqo ayaad, mudan lahaydeene

Sayiddii Masiixii ayaan, joogaa midigtiisa
I maashayday farxadoo ma qabo, murugoo idile
Maqsuud yaan runtii ahay hadeer, waana loo marage
Muslimnimo kumaan dhimanine, Eebbe mahadiise
Anigoo Masiixiya ayuu, mawdku i haleelay

In Masiixi aan ahay anigu, mar hore cadaystay
Mana dafarin weligay, anigu Macalin Nuurkeeye
Maskax yaanse leeyahoo runtii, aan miciin sadaye
Marinada  lamaan taagnahayn, milladda taydaaye
Garaadkaynu magansanuu na baray, Macalinkeenniiye


Rev. Sabaah Mohamed Omaar
Somalia Director, Somalis For Jesus






[1] Bashiir M. Xersi. Maryan Ma Ahayn Masiixiyad. Caasimada.net. 2017. Waxaan daalacday 01 November 2017.

Friday, October 27, 2017

A Prominent Somali Christian Killed in Mogadishu Truck Bomb Attack

Al Shabab Islamists detonated a truck bomb in a busy intersection in the heart of the Somali capital on Saturday afternoon, 14 October 2017. The Associated Press (AP), quoting Somali government sources, put the number of dead about 350, a figure that is destined to rise as many dead victims are still buried under mountains of rubble. Many of the hundreds of the wounded victims would succumb to their grave injuries. This major bombing was the third explosion in the city on that fateful day but the largest single-day massacre Somalia has ever witnessed.


Several Somali Christians died in the attack including Fardawza Haji Hilowle Jama, 39, and her two minor children and Dr. Maryan Abdullahi Mo'alim Mohamed Geddi, 22, who died on the eve of her planned graduation from a medical school. Dr. Maryan attended a local house-church in the center of the capital and played a significant role in the raising and the distribution of drought relief funds in the last two years. An article by the New York Times described Dr. Mayan as a “rising star.”[1]

Dr. Maryan is a relative of the late Somali Christian evangelist, Ali Mustaf Maka’il, who was shot and killed in Mogadishu at the age of 22 in 2006 by the now-defunct Union of Islamic Courts, Al Shabab's predecessor[2]. There are eight missing Somali Christians who were around Zope Street at the time of the explosion. No one knows where they are, but they presumed dead. The verified injured Somali Christians are eleven including four children.


Our prayers are with all the victims and their families during this difficult time.







[1] The New York Times, It's a Dark Day for Us': Somalia Reels From Deadliest Blast. 15 October 2017. https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/10/15/world/africa/ap-af-somalia-explosion-the-victims.html, accessed 16 October 2017.

[2], Voice of the Martyrs Canada, Convert to Christianity Martyred. 20 September 2006. https://www.vomcanada.com/so-2006-09-20.htm, accessed 16 October 2017.


Friday, September 29, 2017

The Church in Somalia Hits an Important Milestone

Since the formal arrival of Christian missionaries in Somalia in the 19th century, the Somali Christians hovered around 2-3% of the population reaching its highest peak in 1940’s because of intense evangelism ministry by Roman Catholics among the Somali Bantus in southern Somalia.

A recent report released by the Mogadishu based Liibaan Research Center (LRC) states that for the first time in recent history, Protestant church membership has hit 200,0000 in Islamic Somalia. While most Somali Christians are based in southern Somalia, a sizable Christian community is thriving in the northern part of the country.

LRC, Somalia’s only Christian polling center, interviewed 95 house-church pastors and 161 evangelists from the Protestant wing of the church concluding that 200,000 Somali Christians regularly attend underground house-churches throughout Somalia.

According to the vice president of LRC, there are an estimated 19,000 Protestant Somali Christians who do not regularly attend house-churches and over 51,000 nominal Christians who identify themselves as Catholics though they do not attend any house-churches at all. Eng. Mohamed Munye Mayow, a Muslim leader of a local organization that advocates for the Somali Bantus, described the professing Somali Catholics as “fans of the Catholic church than actual adherents of the faith.” He continued to say that “the vast majority of these 51,0000 “Catholics” claim the faith because of their parents, grandparents or great grandparents who were actual members of the Catholic church in Somalia.”

While the Protestant church in Somalia thrived in the Somali civil war, the Catholic church in Somalia has collapsed because of the insecurity in the country.

A Somali church leader based in the coastal town of  Merca stated that the growth of the church in  Somalia is coming from a general dissatisfaction with Islam which is widely spreading in the Muslim country. The church leader said, “I have personally discipled 190 new Christians in the last five months."

Somalia, a lawless country in the Horn of Africa, is a base for the Al Qaeda affiliated Islamist group, Al Shabab, which controls large swathes of the country. ISIS also has bases in the northern regions of Somalia, especially in the Galgala mountains.



Friday, August 11, 2017

Somaliland's only Catholic church closed days after re-opening due to 'Public pressures'




Somaliland’s only Catholic church has been closed due to “public pressures”, just eight days after it was officially reopened on 29 July.

The self-declared state's Religious Affairs Minister, Skeikh Khalil Abdullahi, said reopening the church had caused “a lot of division” which was not in Somaliland's interest.

The government has decided to respect the wishes of the people and their religious leaders, and keep the church closed as it has been for the past 30 years,” Sheikh Khalil announced at a press conference on 8 August, local paper the National reports.

A ceremony attended by expatriates and ministers on 29 July marked the reopening of the restored Catholic church of St Anthony of Padua, one of a number of churches built 70 years ago during British rule.

The church is located in the Shaab area of the region’s capital, Hargeisa, and has been closed for three decades.
 
Just days after the opening, Sheikh Khalil gave a statement confirming that the church was not “new”. Sharia law, Khalil confirmed, allows foreigners to work in Somaliland and “practice their religion in private.”

“Contrary to recent reports, there is no new church in Hargeisa,” he said. “Our government will not allow any new church to be built in Somaliland.”

The National reports that many of the country’s religious leaders had denounced the reopening, arguing that the church is part of a broader plan to convert the country to Christianity.
Bishop Giorgio Bertin, the apostolic administrator of Mogadishu, capital of Somalia, and bishop of Djibouti, said the church had been shut because of the danger Christians face in the Muslim-majority country.

The bishop, who works from neighbouring Djibouti, said Somaliland is in practice fairly free from control by the provisional Somali government in Mogadishu where practising Christianity is forbidden.

“There is no possible way of having a presence in Mogadishu,” he told charity Aid to the Church in Need, adding that Catholics in Somalia would be in danger if they were identified.

All pastoral work is done secretly, he said, adding: “Even if it has to be silently, it is better to be there than not to be there.”

Somaliland is not officially recognised as a sovereign state, but it has achieved relative stability since it declared independence in 1991 from Somalia.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Minneapolis Muslims protest 'sharia' vigilante in Cedar-Riverside area

A man Trying to impose what he calls “the civil part of the sharia law” in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis has sparked anger among local residents and Muslim leaders.

Abdullah Rashid, 22, a Georgia native who moved to Cedar-Riverside last year, has been making the rounds in the Somali-dominated neighborhood, telling people not to drink, use drugs or interact with the opposite sex. If he sees Muslim women he believes are dressed inappropriately, he approaches them and suggests they should wear a jilbab, a long, flowing garment. And he says he’s recruiting others to join the effort.

But local Muslim leaders are sounding the alarm. They are working to stop Rashid’s group, General Presidency of the Religious Affairs and Welfare of the Ummah, and have notified Minneapolis police, who say he’s being banned from a Cedar-Riverside property. Some say the group is preying on vulnerable young Muslims in a community that has dealt with national scrutiny around radicalization and terrorism.

“What he’s doing is wrong and doesn’t reflect the community at all,” said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).


Minneapolis police received reports in February from concerned residents who saw Rashid in a dark green uniform that said “Muslim Defense Force” and “Religious Police” and had two flags associated with ISIS and other terrorist groups.

“We’ve had conversations with community members that live over there,” said Officer Corey Schmidt, a police spokesman. “Sometimes it takes a little bit of time to deal with it, but it’s something we’ve been monitoring.”

Jeff Van Nest, an FBI spokesman for Minneapolis, declined to comment.

In a recent interview, Rashid said he aims to turn Cedar-Riverside into a “sharia-controlled zone” where Muslims are learning about the proper practices of Islam and that “non-Muslims are asked to respect” it.

“People who don’t know me would say I’m a terrorist,” he said. “I’m someone who’s dedicated to Islam and trying to help the community all ways I can.”

But the Islamic Institute of Minnesota issued a statement Wednesday saying Rashid “does not in any way speak for the Islamic Institute of Minnesota or the Muslims in Minnesota.”

“We consider this matter as a dangerous precedent and a threat in our country and our way of life,” the statement said. “We ask our law enforcement agencies to consider this grave matter to protect Minnesotans.”

Permit to carry denied

Sharia law is a guide to daily life for practicing Muslims, derived from the Qur’an and the teachings of the prophet Mohammed. It tells Muslims, for example, what to eat and not to eat. Its interpretation and practice vary around the world.

Rashid, who was previously known as Devon James Miller, converted to Islam in 2009. He said he first started the religious police group in Georgia in 2013, and wants to grow it internationally.

He married a Somali-American woman, who had recently moved from Wyoming to Minneapolis, in 2015. They moved to Cedar-Riverside in 2016.

In late 2016, he applied for a permit to carry a handgun, which was denied by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, saying there was evidence that he is a danger to himself and others if allowed a permit to carry a gun.

Rashid sued, and court documents show he has had run-ins with law enforcement in the past. He was arrested as a juvenile in Walton County, Ga., for impersonating a police officer, and a school district reported he had harassed a 16-year-old classmate on Facebook, according to the documents. The school district report mentioned he had mental health issues, and his mother said he had been suicidal.

Rashid’s lawsuit was dismissed in March. He said he does not have a mental illness, and his wife, Kadro Abdullahi, said that Rashid is not mentally ill and that she supports his work. “He’s a man with a good personality and he loves Islam,” Abdullahi said.

But residents of the Cedar-Riverside Plaza complex have raised concerns about him, and management with Sherman Associates said they are aware of the group and working closely with law enforcement.

On Wednesday, Minneapolis police said the Cedar-Riverside Towers’ management is in the process of evicting Rashid, and security at Cedar-Riverside Plaza is advising him he’s not allowed to patrol the neighborhood or they will cite him for trespassing.

‘Against his ideas’

Rashid, who initially said he was working with Minneapolis police, said he is continuing his effort to provide security and protect Muslims’ civil rights. He said he has enlisted a group of 10 men, ages 18 and 25, to help him patrol the area.

Meanwhile some in the community are confused about what Rashid is doing.

Salma Mohamed, a mother of four, met with him recently at Brian Coyle Community Center, seeking advice on a custody case. A friend had referred her to Mohamed, unaware of his controversial activities. She was startled by his uniform, she said, and his talk about terrorism and the young Muslim men who were convicted of trying to join ISIS.

“I was expecting the guy was a lawyer,” Mohamed said. “He just brought up things that weren’t even on the discussion table.”

On his website, Rashid posted a video titled “Never Trust Non-Muslims” by Anwar al-Awlaki, leader of an Al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011. And he had initially listed the Masjid Shaafici Cultural Center in Cedar-Riverside address as his organization’s headquarters.

But the imam of that mosque, Abdighani Ali, said it has nothing to do with  Rashid’s group. Ali said he plans to file a complaint with police.

“We’re against his ideas,” Ali said. “We always encourage our community to be a part of the society.

Sunday, December 11, 2016




A bombing at Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 22 people and wounded another 35 on Sunday, according to Egyptian state television, in the second deadly attack to hit the Egyptian capital in two days. (Dec. 11) AP



(Photo: Khaled Desouki, AFP/Getty Images)

At least 25 people were killed and 49 injured in a blast near Cairo's main Coptic Christian Cathedral, according to reports from the Egyptian state-sponsored Middle East News Agency.

MENA reported that around 10 a.m. local time someone threw a bomb into a small chapel attached to St. Mark's Cathedral in the Abbassia district, Egypt's main Coptic church. The attack occurred just days after another bombing in Cairo that killed six police officers.

Photos and video showed shattered windows and deteriorated roofing in the aftermath. Most of the victims were women and children, according to the Associated Press.

Security officials said the blast was caused by bomb that was thrown or planted in the church. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi called the blast a “terrorist attack” and announced a three-day mourning period starting Sunday, according to Daily News Egypt, which cited a presidential statement. No one claimed responsibility.

The blast took place as a Sunday Mass being held in the chapel was about to end and coincided with a national holiday in Egypt marking the birth of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed, according to reports.

An AP reporter who saw the scene after the blast reported blood-stained pews and shards of glass scattered across the chapel's floor.

"I found bodies, many of them women, lying on the pews. It was a horrible scene," cathedral worker Attiya Mahrous told the news agency.

St. Mark’s Cathedral is the seat of Egypt’s Orthodox Christian church. Its spiritual leader, Pope Tawadros II, is based there, the Associated Press reported.

The last bomb attack, which occurred on a main road leading to the pyramids at Giza, was claimed by a militant group believed to be affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt's Coptic Christians, who make up about 10% of the country's population, have complained about discrimination, the BBC reported.

In 2013, four Coptic Christians were killed in religious violence. Mourners went to St. Mark's cathedral, where many chanted slogans against Egypt's Islamist President, Mohammed Morsi. Violence erupted after the service between mourners and local residents, resulting in two deaths.

Contributing: Oren Dorell in McLean, Va.