Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 15 October 2019

Beyond the Headlines podcast: Hajj for my brother killed in Christchurch attack

Aya Al-Umari, the sister of Hussein Al-Umari, one of the victims who was gunned down in the Christchurch massacre, speaks with The National

On this week's episode of Beyond the Headlines we talk to Aya Al-Umari, whose brother Hussein Al-Umari was killed in the Christchurch attack earlier this year.

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has invited her among 200 relatives and survivors of the shooting to perform Hajj.

The Hajj is an essential part of Islam and undertaking the pilgrimage can be a difficult though rewarding task.

Aya tells us about her experience in Makkah, the feelings of kinship with the millions of Muslims visiting the country for the pilgrimage and how she feels her brother's presence is accompanying her on her journey.

Updated: August 8, 2019 06:03 PM

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