Makkah – A Sri Lankan couple is hugely gratified for the unique opportunity to serve Hajj and Umrah; pilgrims and visitors to the Grand Mosque in Makkah for about 17 years.
Ashraf and Fatima are among 12,000 employees under the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques.
The Sri Lankan couple expressed their joy for the honor of serving Islam’s holiest shrine for such a long period. They praised the Almighty for His infinite blessing for a job that enables them to earn a livelihood and win God’s pleasure.
They recalled many unforgettable stories and experiences while working at the Makkah Haram.
Their story begins when 17 years ago, Fatima came to work at the Grand Mosque. She was the caretaker of the women’s prayer areas.
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After working alone at the Haram for four years, she requested the Haram Presidency to allow her to bring her husband from Sri Lanka.
The presidency approved her request, and Ashraf was hired as a worker at the Grand Mosque.
Ashraf was initially reluctant to leave Sri Lanka. However, Fatima’s persuasion changed his mind, and he set out for Makkah.
Today, he feels delighted for this great blessing of working in the Haram and serving pilgrims and worshippers day and night.
“It is a matter of immense pride and happiness for me to work at the Grand Mosque. Fatima and I work in the same shift and assist each other, and we perform Umrah every week.”
He added that the job in Makkah has changed their life, and they feel blessed to serve the pilgrims and visitors to the Grand Mosque.