95-year-old Indonesian man invited by King Salman arrives for Hajj

95-year-old Indonesian man invited by King Salman arrives for Hajj
Samri, who is believed to be the oldest person to ever perform Hajj, was welcomed by a number of Saudi officials. (SPA)
Updated 31 July 2019

95-year-old Indonesian man invited by King Salman arrives for Hajj

95-year-old Indonesian man invited by King Salman arrives for Hajj

JEDDAH: A 95-year-old Indonesian man invited to perform Hajj by King Salman arrived in the Kingdom Wednesday to perform Hajj in Makkah, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Ohi Aidros Samri arrived at the King Abdulaziz International Airport with his family of six. He is being hosted by the King Salman’s Hajj and Umrah Guests Program to perform Hajj rituals this year after receiving the royal invitation.

The invite came after a video message of himself and his two daughters — holding the king’s photograph while pleading in Arabic their wish to go to Hajj in spite of their family’s limited funds— went viral and was reported to have reached Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Samri was welcomed by a number of Saudi officials on his arrival.

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The oldest person to previously perform Hajj was 104-year-old Ibu Mariah Marghani Muhammad from Indonesia. She made her pilgrimage in 2017.