Pakistan's elderly internet sensation Abdul Qadir Bakhsh lands in Saudi Arabia once again

10:24 PM | 13 May, 2023
Pakistan's elderly internet sensation Abdul Qadir Bakhsh lands in Saudi Arabia once again
Source: Abdul Qadir Bakhsh (Wikipedia)

What God wills, no frost can kill! The 82-year-old Pakistani pilgrim, Abdul Qadir Bakhsh, made headlines in both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia when he was seen wandering in Madinah a few weeks ago. He has been invited by the Kingdom once again.

Bakhsh is visiting the Holy Land on the invitation of Saudi Minister for Entertainment Turki Alalshaikh and will likely stay there for a while.

But the question is, who is this person and why did he become famous for performing Umrah where thousands of people go annually?

During the holy month of Ramadan in April this year, Bakhsh was noticed by many people for his unusual look. The elderly man was seen in a simple white dress, draping a white muslin cloth and a white turban, around the Shrine of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).

Many Saudis liked the Balochi herdsman’s attire and compared his looks with some holy figures from the early days of Islam. 

The overwhelmingly warm welcome that Bakhsh received made him an internet sensation in the Muslim world. While Bakhsh achieved what others couldn't, his decades-long tale of compromises and sufferings gained much more attention.

The octogenarian spent years collecting money for his pilgrimage and did everything to get his passport made and renewed. Bakhsh reportedly sold his assets and goats and got a loan to be able to travel to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah.

"I still have a PKR56,000 debt to pay off," Bakhsh said while sharing how he raised PKR256,000 for his Umrah.

Bakhsh is an elderly Baloch who lives a nomadic life with his four sons. Originally from the Marri tribe of Kohlu, Balochistan, Baksh spent over 50 years of his life in local migration and more than 30 years living in Sakran.

Noor Fatima

The writer is a staff member.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on Sept 24, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on September 24, 2023 (Sunday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 292 295.15
Euro EUR 317 320
UK Pound Sterling GBP 372.5 376
U.A.E Dirham AED 81.5 82.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 78.55 79.3
Australian Dollar AUD 198 200
Bahrain Dinar BHD 781.13 789.13
Canadian Dollar CAD 220 222.2
China Yuan CNY 40.22 40.62
Danish Krone DKK 42.35 42.75
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 37.93 38.28
Indian Rupee INR 3.57 3.68
Japanese Yen JPY 1.92 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 951.03 960.03
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.62 63.22
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.23 176.23
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.87 28.17
Omani Riyal OMR 762.72 770.72
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 80.69 81.39
Singapore Dollar SGD 217 219
Swedish Korona SEK 26.62 26.92
Swiss Franc CHF 325.12 327.62
Thai Bhat THB 8.31 8.46

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – September 25, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 214,700 on Monday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs184,070.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 25 September 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Karachi PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Islamabad PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Peshawar PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Quetta PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Sialkot PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Attock PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Gujranwala PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Jehlum PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Multan PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Bahawalpur PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Gujrat PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Nawabshah PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Chakwal PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Hyderabad PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Nowshehra PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Sargodha PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Faisalabad PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590
Mirpur PKR 214,700 PKR 2,590


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