Photos of a teenage boy helping an elderly man into a mosque have been making its rounds on social media recently
The photos captured a special moment between the two individuals, as the boy offered his arm and helped the elderly man, who was using a walking stick, to enter the premises. The boy appeared to be sheltering the elderly man from the rain using his left hand.
It was learned that the duo were spotted outside Masjid Al-Falah in USJ 9, Subang Jaya as the elderly man was there to fulfil his Friday prayer obligation on 13 October.
The photos warmed the hearts of many Malaysians who praised the boy for helping the senior citizen
Netizens said that the photos represent what Malaysia truly is - a diverse, multiracial nation that stands for one another, especially in times of need.
Some commended the teenager's parents, saying that they must have taught him well that he cared enough to assist a stranger.
Meanwhile, the elderly man has been identified as 'Pak Ali'
According to Mohd Zuwairi Mohd Yusof, the imam at Masjid Al-Falah, Pak Ali regularly visits the mosque to perform Duha prayer.
New Straits Times (NST) reported Mohd Zuwairi as saying that Pak Ali would sometimes seek help from bystanders to help him get to the mosque.
Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir, who is the mosque nazir (guardian), further added that the incident serves as a reminder that there are still many Malaysians with good hearts.
“The young man is a very good example of what a Malaysian can be and should be, which is to care and respect to one another. Everyone must play their part and help the community, regardless of their race and religion," he was quoted as saying by NST.
He added that the society would be encouraged to show good values and respect one another when the people around them lead by example.