35547428001_3994116403001_trim-9E1AC179-1AD4-4379-8669-C51B18B36058-vsEliza Faigin covered her head in a sparkly pink scarf, slipped off her boots and walked into the prayer room. It was the 12-year-old’s first time in a mosque. She sat on the carpeted floor scribbling notes about the five pillars of Islam, pausing periodically to adjust her headscarf. “It feels interesting and kind of weird, but now I understand why they wear it,” she said after the presentation. “Girls are a sacred gender. It’s kind of cool.” Eliza’s new appreciation for the hijab came courtesy of Religious Diversity Journeys, a program that exposes children to different religions through hands-on, half-day sessions at houses of worship. More than 130 middle-schoolers went Wednesday to the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn. They watched a demonstration of daily prayer, learned about Muslim celebrities and inventions and ate Middle Eastern food for lunch. More