Saudi officer reveals details about giving his shoes to old female hajjee


17 August 2018|05 Dhul Hijjah 1439|Al Arabiya

Saudi security officer Jumaan al-Sebyani, whose act of kindness toward an old female pilgrim went viral on social media when he removed his shoes to put in her tiny feet after suffering from the hot soil, said in an interview with Al Arabiya English that what he did is a very simple gesture and this is part of what is Islam about.

He said that he was getting out from Mecca Grand Mosque on Friday, when he saw the Pakistani “Hajjia” wearing a cartoon as shoes and could hardly walk.

He said “I spontaneously rushed toward her taking off my shoes to place it in her feet.”

The security officer said a male companion insisted he walk with them to the hotel where they are staying to take back his shoes, but he refused, telling them: “This is the minimum we can do for our guests” in the kingdom for the Hajj performance season.

Al-Sebyani said when he went home, he got phone calls and knew about the video of his act of kindness which went viral on social media, getting praise from every one, adding: “We as security for the Grand Mosque receive guidance from our wise leadership, as we carry the spirit of the teachings of our religion, which taught us compassion and humanity, and this is how security personnel should be like.”

The Saudi security officer was honored by assistant director of public security for Hajj and Umrah and Commander of the Special Forces of the Grand Mosque.

While Prince Khalid Al Faisal, advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Prince of Mecca Region, said during a press conference held at the shelter center in Muzdalifah: “I congratulate this man, his family and the community in which he grew up.”