Reference: al-Jaami’ li-Hayaat al-‘Allaamah Muhammed ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen – Page 38
It has been narrated:
A member of the Da’wah and Guidance Centre in Jeddah narrates that during the Hajj of 1416 AH, he was in the company of the Shaykh at King ‘Abdul-’Azeez Airport in Jeddah, surrounded by the pilgrims who were arriving for Hajj.
Here, the Shaykh undertook that which was obligatory upon him by giving da’wah to the arriving pilgrims. A large group of Russian pilgrims arrived and the Shaykh wanted to offer some words [of guidance] to them. So he asked if there was a translator amongst them. Then, the [Russian] guide for the group came forward; not knowing this was Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen.
After completing the translation, the guide asked who the Shaykh was. He was told that it was Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. At this, he turned to embrace the Shaykh, kissing him [on his forehead] whilst crying. He then grabbed hold of the microphone and addressed all the members of his group, informing them that this was Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. At this, tears began falling from the eyes of each and every member of the group, whilst the guide was repeatedly loudly calling out on the microphone, “Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen! Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen! Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen!”
The members of the group then came [forward] and conveyed their greetings to the Shaykh, and kissed him [on his forehead].
The guide for the group then turned to the Shaykh and said:
“These are your students. They used to read your books in shelters under the ground during the Communist rule.”