Madina is considered one of the holiest places in Islam. Islamic sources universally regard it as the second-most important city because it is where the Prophet (PBUH) organised the first Muslim community and where he was entombed.
Every year, thousands of pilgrims visit the holy city of Madina along with the holy city of Macca to perform Hajj, and during Hajj, the pilgrims at times, become quite stressed out.
Sheikh Ismail, an 80-year-old Syrian man living in Medina for the last 40 years, has been helping the pilgrims by serving them free dates, tea, and coffee.
Sheikh Ismail has continued doing this for the last 40 years, and he also occasionally serves the pilgrims with various sweetmeats typical of his home region.
He sits near the Holy Mosque of Medinatul Munawwarah, which is a holy place in Islamic traditions. Everyone visiting Madina can find him in the vicinity of the mosque, not only during the pilgrimage season but throughout the year.
This kind gesture by Sheikh Ismail has been brought to light for the first time by a few YouTube channels, which filmed him serving the pedestrians in the streets of Medina. He apparently loves helping pedestrians and the pilgrims of Hajj and has vowed to continue doing this for the rest of his life.
Despite the fact that the deed can appear to be quite small from the outside, this small but wholesome gesture from an elderly Syrian with a smile on his face has captured the hearts of millions of people throughout the world.