Obama's grandma performs Umrah

Sara Omar, believed to be about 94, is in the kingdom with Obama’s uncle & cousin
US President Barack Obama’s grandma Sara Omar. (Getty Images)
By Courtney Trenwith
Thu 23 Apr 2015 09:51 AM

US President Barack Obama’s grandmother Sara Omar is reportedly in Saudi Arabia to perform the Islamic pilgrimage of Umrah.

Omar, believed to be about 94 years old and pictured in a wheelchair being escorted by Saudi aids, is visiting the kingdom with her son Saeed Obama, President Obama’s uncle, and her grandson Mousa Obama, Arab News reported.

During her visit she commended the Saudi government’s $21 billion expansion of the Grand Mosque and visited the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) exhibition in the holy city of Makkah.

She emphasised that the exhibition reflects the moderate teachings of Islam that call for tolerance and reject violence.

“I am very happy to visit this exhibition, which is a good example for the propagation of Islam in a modern way, supported by scientific and authentic documents,” she was quoted as saying.

The Kenyan native said she hoped the exhibition would travel to other countries to help limit misunderstandings about Islam.

While his grandmother and some other family members are Muslim, Obama describes himself as Christian.

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