Saudi security man, Majid Ali Al-Hakami, whose image went viral through the media and social media, confirmed that what he did was dictated by his religion, Islam first and then his humanity and military duty.
Al-Hakami told Al-Arabiya.net, “There is a responsibility addressed by every security man participating in the Hajj season in the current year or previous years, which is to maintain the security of pilgrims and work on their comfort and facilitate their affairs to perform their rites in comfort and reassurance,” Al-Hakami added: “We are all individuals and officers have pledged from the first moments of our arrival to Mecca to provide everything we can to offer the pilgrims without sparing no effort in that”.
The Story behind the Photo
Majed Al-Hakami recounted the story of the most influential and widely circulated photo, saying: “On the day of Arafah, eve of Adha feast, I saw from a distance, an elderly pilgrim who could not walk sitting and then standing, so I went towards him and asked him: “do you complain about something?, what hurts you?” he was suffering, so I gave him water and washed his head”.
Al-Hakami continued: “I feared that he had stepped on something sharp or a piece of glass, so I went down to examine his feet that was so trembling that cannot bear him. I was afraid that he may fall and so I considered him like my father and I told him in sign language: “do not feel afraid, I am with you, I will not leave you, so I walked with him slowly, reassured him and then I carried him to his hajj group”.
“He was talking to me in words that I felt full of thanks and prayers,” Al-Hakami added, “I was smiling at him while carrying him so that he doesn’t feel that he bothered me”.
“I carried him to Muzdalifah,” Al-Hakami said.
“He was suffering from knee pain due to his old age and could not walk for long distances. I carried him from Arafat to the train station and stayed with him for some time. Then I took him to Muzdalifah to stay there and took him myself to his residence with the mission. He kissed my head and cried. Unless I was reassured, I didn’t leave,” Majid was a bit silent and then continued, “I felt that God had chosen me among thousands to take care of this old man on this holy day”.
Al-Hakami said that the reaction of his compatriots and the words of praise and prayers that touched his heart, let him feel pride.
Al-Hakami pointed out that any Saudi, if in his place, would do the same.
Al-Hakami pointed out in the context of his speech that he had never expected that his story with the elderly will go viral and said: “I swear to God, I did not pay attention that there is someone is taking photos of me and I am still surprised to this moment that they went viral,” expressing his appreciation to all fellow security men in various sectors for their security and humanitarian efforts in the Hajj.