KSA donates 100 tons of dates to Indonesia’s poor

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Saudi's buy dates during the annual date festival in Al-Buraida. (SPA)
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A Saudi citizen buys dates during the annual date festival in Al-Buraida. (SPA)
Updated 18 July 2018
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KSA donates 100 tons of dates to Indonesia’s poor

  • The aid is distributed to countries around the world with priority to Muslim countries and those where there are Muslim populations

JAKARTA: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) delivered 100 tons of dates to the Indonesian government on Tuesday to be distributed to the poor and internally displaced families affected by disasters in the country.
Saudi Ambassador to Indonesia Osama bin Mohammed Al-Shuaibi handed over the delivery to Indonesia’s Minister of Social Affairs, Idrus Marham at the embassy compound in South Jakarta.
“We will distribute the dates to the poor, especially those who have been displaced from their homes as a result of various calamities and who are in regions where the poverty rates are high,” Marham said.
Al-Shuaibi said that the aid is distributed to countries around the world with priority to Muslim countries and those where there are Muslim populations.
“But the recipients are not just Muslims, they could be non-Muslims as well,” he said.


King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

Updated 18 July 2019
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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.

The centenarian sent his appeal to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a video, asking the Saudi rulers to invite him and his daughters to perform Hajj for the first time, as they were unable to afford it on their own.
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.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and Muslims should aim to perform the ritual at least once in their lifetime.