From Francis Owusu-Ansah, Sunyani
A Security Consultant, Mr. Ibrahim Irbard, is suggesting that old men and women should be barred from embarking on the Hajj.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Irbard Security Consult, who has keenly been following the 2019 Hajj and reported happenings at the event from Al-Masjid al-Haram, observed how sad it is to see old men and women who are frail and week being made to embark on the Hajj.
Muslims are currently embarking on the Hajj, a mandatory religious duty, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
The occasion is an annual Islamic pilgrimage that must be carried out, at least, once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey.
Since the Hajj rituals require some level of strength, health and efforts, Mr Irbard has chided Ghanaians who sponsor their aged parents to Mecca, to rather do so when they are strong.
There are reports that some old folks heap curses on their sponsors for sending them to Mecca to suffer.
In his Facebook post, sighted by The Chronicle, the security analyst opined that the government should stop the aged from going on the Hajj pilgrimage, since, according to him, they are mostly unfit to stand the struggles that come with the holy journey.
“I have seen old men and women struggle to walk through this laborious ritual of Hajj. Don’t let your own old folks go through this,” he pleaded.
Mr. Irbard, however, indicated that the old could employ the assistance of the youthful and stronger ones to embark on the journey in their favour. “They can get someone to do it for them,” said Irbard.
In his opinion, “Government should look at the possibility of putting an age limit on the performance of Hajj to save senior citizens from struggling in a foreign land.”
Some 6000 Ghanaians are in Saudi Arabia for the 2019 Hajj Pilgrimage.
The Chairman of the Pilgrimage Affairs Office of Ghana, Sheikh I.C. Quaye, disclosed shortly before departure that the pilgrims would be lodging in four and five-star hotels in Saudi Arabia.