Remembering the brave

Jeddah Corniche
Jeddah Corniche 
According to new reports, authorities in Jeddah have decided to name one of Jeddah’s districts after Farman Ali, a young Pakistani, who during the Jeddah floods two years ago, rescued 14 people in Gowizah district before sacrificing his own life. Only months ago, the Saudi government posthumously honored him with the highest Saudi civil award.

Ali belonged to Swat, a poor area in Pakistan. Father of three small daughters and a martial art champion himself, he was running a small shop in Jeddah to earn livelihood for his family. His rescue efforts during the floods received wide print and electronic media coverage in the Kingdom. On the directions of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, his family was invited to Jeddah and is receiving financial support from the Saudi government.

Farman Ali sets a remarkable example for others. Due to his brave efforts, he is still alive in the hearts of thousands of people.

Khawaja Umer Farooq
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