Mus­likah, 92, an in­spi­ra­tion to haj pil­grims

New Straits Times - - News -

MECCA: Mus­likah Abd Kadir may have been scared to face cam­eras and be in­ter­viewed by the me­dia, but she is an in­spi­ra­tion to other haj pil­grims.

Mus­likah, 92, from Kam­pung Parit 5 in Sun­gai Su­mun, Ba­gan Datuk, Perak, is one of the old­est Malaysian pil­grims here. She is ac­com­pa­nied by her niece, Jaimah Se­la­mat, 62.

“I am thank­ful to be here in the Holy Land. Al­ham­dulil­lah (Praise be to God),” she said at the Zwar Al Bait Ho­tel.

Seated timidly on a sofa as she was sur­rounded by cam­eras and tape recorders, her first re­ac­tion to a ques­tion was: “Takut­lah (I’m scared).”

She told the me­dia where her home­town was, that her chil­dren were healthy and she had come here with her niece. Ev­ery re­ply ended with thanks to God.

“Syukur, al­ham­dulil­lah,” she said re­peat­edly, as other pil­grims, cu­ri­ous, inched closer to see who was getting the me­dia’s at­ten­tion. Ev­ery­one re­acted with ad­mi­ra­tion when told of Mus­likah’s age.

She is nei­ther wheel­chair-bound nor uses a cane, but walks with Jaimah’s help.

Jaimah said her aunt would cook and did chores her­self at her home in Perak.

“The food is good. I have an ap­petite. “Anything I eat is tasty. Al­ham­dulil­lah. I am happy to be here,” Mus­likah said.

She said there was no need for her chil­dren to worry about her.

Jaimah said her aunt used a wheel­chair

to cir­cle the Kaaba dur­ing um­rah, but she re­fused the nor­mal prac­tice of hir­ing some­one to push her aunt dur­ing the wor­ship.

“I wanted to push the wheel­chair my­self so that she can trea­sure the ex­pe­ri­ence of per­form­ing tawaf.

“While I push the wheel­chair, I can tell her that ‘we are in front of the Kaaba now. We are do­ing tawaf’.”

Jaimah, too, was thank­ful that her aunt was in good health and able to make the long jour­ney here to per­form the haj.

She said Tabung Haji staff were help­ful and gave spe­cial at­ten­tion to el­derly pil­grims like Mus­likah.

Mus­likah Abd Kadir (left) be­ing in­ter­viewed by mem­bers of the me­dia.

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