For Indonesian teachers Sutrisno and Sri Wahyuningsih, embarking on the once in a lifetime haj pilgrimage stirs bittersweet emotions.
After waiting more than a decade, Sri's parents were supposed to make the trip to Mecca, Islam's holiest site located in Saudi Arabia, in 2020 but that was cancelled because the coronavirus pandemic halted most international travel.
Making the haj is one of the foundational requirements of the religion and for Muslims who make the journey it is among the most important displays of their commitment to their faith.
"My first wish I would make is to pray for a long life for my mother, that she can stay healthy and can go there," she said.
(Photo Editing Kezia Levitas; Text Editing Martin Petty and Christian Schmollinger; Writing Stanley Widianto; Layout Kezia Levitas)