[A security officer's image helping a child kiss the Ka'aba has gone viral on social media sites. (Twitter)]
Makkah: As over two million pilgrims from all around the world gather in Makkah, Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj - the annual ritual to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim and his kin, two images of haj pilgrims have attracted the attention of social media users.
In the first picture a security officer is shown lifting a toddler while smiling to help the child kiss the Ka’aba, according to Al Arabiya.
In the second photo, a young boy scout is shown on his knees helping an elderly woman by raising her feet off the ground while she was on her wheelchair.
[A young boy scout helping an elderly pilgrim on her wheelchair. (Twitter)]
This year over 17,000 security officers have been deployed to help facilitate, protect and assist the millions of pilgrims arriving to perform their hajj duties. In addition to that the Saudi Ministry of Health has also placed 29,000 medical practitioners to work round the clock and serve pilgrims free of charge at the Holy sites.
The Hajj rituals this year is set to begin on Wednesday August 30, 2017. The Standing on Plains of Arafat - Wuqoof Arafat will be on Thursday August 31, 2017. This will be followed by Eid al Adha celebrations all across the world.
More than 2.5 million pilgrims are expected to perform Haj this year. More than 220,000 pilgrims who reached Makkah from Indonesia are the maximum from a foreign land.
Haj is performed every year to commemorate the sacrifices by Prophet Ibrahim, his wife Hager and Prophet Ismael (peace be upon them all).