PREMIUMSaudi’s sudden ‘umrah’ ban leaves pilgrims heartbroken

first_imgLog in with your social account Facebook Saudi Arabia’s decision to temporarily halt all umrah (minor haj) pilgrimages amid fears of a coronavirus outbreak shocked hundreds of Indonesian pilgrims who were left in uncertainty at airports and forced to cancel their journeys on Thursday.Among the pilgrims was Suyato, 59, from Tangerang, Banten, who told The Jakarta Post in tears that he had only learned about the ban upon his arrival at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at midday on Thursday.Suyato, his wife Mujirah and his umrah group of 33 other pilgrims were initially scheduled to fly to Saudi Arabia at 1.30 p.m., only to be told by his travel agent that the trip would be canceled.”It would’ve been my first time performing umrah. I’ve been waiting for three years, but I also understand that this measure has to be taken because of the virus. I hope my trip can be rescheduled soon,” Suyato s… Linkedin Forgot Password ? Google Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here haj pilgrims haj-pilgrimage umrah umrah-pilgrims Saudi-Arabia coronavirus COVID-19 restriction pilgrimagelast_img

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