Film director-slash-stand up comedian Afdlin Shauki is set to perform the hajj along with his mother, Fadillah Jailani.
The mother and son duo had already jetted to the holy city earlier today, and is scheduled to accomplish the fifth pillar of Islamic religious rites on mid-October.
According to Murai.com, Afdlin managed to pull some strings in Tabung Haji thus sped up the appeal approving process due to his mother’s illness.
“Alhamdulillah, though on a tight quota, my appeal was approved efficiently by the staffs of Tabung Haji.”
Before heading on his pilgrimage, Afdlin also extended his sincerest apologies to friends and family and hoped to achieve a mabrurÂ (sanctioned or accepted) hajj.
When asked on the future of his entertainment career, he said it would be more appropriate to be selective on the roles offered to him, to match his soon-to-be new title.
The Hajj is an Islamic pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, and a religious duty that every able-bodied Muslim (who can afford to do so) should do at least once in his or her lifetime.
Hajj is the ultimate form of worship, as it involves the spirit of all the other rituals and demands of the believer great sacrifice. On this unique occasion, nearly two million Muslims from all over the globe meet one another in a given year.MYNEWSHUB/Text: SARA KHALID