From Mohammad Ibrahim, in Makkah
A noticeable phenomenon in this year’s Hajj is the large number of
child pilgrims accompanying their parents in their journey of a life
time as Hajj statistical committees estimated above 7,000 children
accompanied their parents for hajj this year.
According to the survey, majority of the children were infants, young
boys and girls who are up to 13 years of age and were also children of
the expatriates living in the kingdom.
Peoples Daily equally observed that the children, particularly the
infant were often carried on the shoulder by their parents during
dawafi in Ka’aba or on their way to mosque.
Abdulaziz Abu Mansour,11-year-old Saudi, said he had insisted to come for Hajj “I told my father to take me for Hajj after seeing children much younger than me
doing Haj in previous years.”“
“I went with my father to Arafat and Muzdalifah. I encountered no
difficulties. I am now in Mina, getting ready to go to Makkah for Tawaf
Al-Ifadha,” he said. His father, Abu Mansour said he was keen to bring
Abdulaziz, his only son, with him for Hajj so as to imbibe in him the
knowledge of Hajj rites and to mix with the pilgrims hailing from more
than 160 countries.
He said his son was most impressed by different colors, looks and
languages of the pilgrims. “My son can now easily identify the nationality of every pilgrim,” he added.
Saud Al-Thimali, a Saudi in his 40s from Taif, said he brought his
children with him to teach them the correct methods of doing the
Hajj. He said he learned from his friend’s experience in last year’s
Hajj. He had performed Hajj with his children and taught them the
correct way to do Hajj and also asked them to observe all during the