Ibu Mariah Marghani Muhammad is one of the oldest people undertaking this year’s pilgrimage to Makkah
JEDDAH, August 26 – A 104-year-old Indonesian woman, one of the oldest people performing Hajj this year, arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, and said she was thrilled to be on her way to the Holy City of Makkah to perform the pilgrimage.
“Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God), I am going to Makkah, Alhamdulillah I am going to Hajj,” said Ibu Mariah Marghani Muhammad in Bahasa Indonesian, speaking shortly after her flight landed at King Abdulaziz International Airport in the port city of Jeddah.
The woman, clad in a white head-to-toe Islamic dress, said she performed the Umrah pilgrimage to Makkah when she was a mere 90 years old!
Ibu Mariah will join about 221,000 pilgrims from Indonesia who will perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage in 2017.
To date, Saudi authorities say more than 1.5 million pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom. A total of about two million pilgrims will perform this year’s Hajj, which runs from August 30 to September 4. Pilgrims from over 80 countries are represented at this year’s Hajj.
Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam which every able Muslim should perform at least once in their life. For Muslims, Hajj is the culmination of their life’s spiritual journey.
Indonesian Consulate officials have said that Ibu Mariah Marghani Muhammad is in good health, and will be able to perform her Hajj rituals without any problems.
The Hajj is a huge logistical operation which Saudi Arabia undertakes successfully every year. Among the many aspects of Hajj operations are safety and security, emergency measures, visas, logistics, as well as hospitality and food, and medical services, including catering for elderly pilgrims.
A spokesman for the Center for International Communication, said:
“Saudi Arabia warmly welcomes Ibu Mariah. The Hajj is the spiritual highlight in the life of every Muslim. At the age of 104, it is remarkable for Ibu Mariah to be here. We wish her well.”