King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj
- The man said he and his family can’t financially afford to perform Hajj
- He was welcomed by the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia
DUBAI: King Salman has invited an Indonesian man, who is reportedly 140 years old, and his family to perform Hajj, the Saudi embassy in Jakarta said on Wednesday.
“The Custodian of the Two Holy mosques invites elderly Indonesian man and his family to perform Hajj,” the embassy tweeted.
Social media users shared his video, in which he and two of his daughters explained their situation in Arabic
The man was hosted by Saudi ambassador to Indonesia Esam Al-Thagafi in Jakarta, who broke the good news to him.
The Saudi rulers saw the video and Hajj authorities will take care of their travels and necessities, Al-Thagafi told the man and his family.
خادم الحرمين الشريفين الملك سلمان بن عبدالعزيز يوجه باستضافة مسن إندونيسي وعائلته لتأدية مناسك #الحج بعد أن وجه مناشدة بالإستضافة نظراً لظروفه المادية الصعبة .. وقد استقبله السفير السعودي لدى جاكرتا الأستاذ عصام الثقفي ونقل له هذا الخبر المفرح و المبهج.— pharmacist (@naifsa34) July 17, 2019
Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and Muslims should aim to perform the ritual at least once in their lifetime.
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