It may be like just another death in road accidents for others. However, for many in Mumbai, Malegaon and abroad
especially in the United Arab Emirate (UAE), the sudden death of Fakihuddin
who died on Tuesday after injuring in an accident with a
BEST bus and private car in Mumbai ten days ago is not a small loss.
Driving the motorcycle, Fakihuddin
(38), was on his way home in Mumbai Centre from the United Arab
Emirate (UAE) consulate on May 17 when at around 06:00 p.m. near
Fort a private car forced by a BEST bus hit him so hard that he was thrown 10-15 feet away
on the footpath, said the family sources.
He was rushed to the Saifi Hospital
where he was recovering. But, yesterday at around 10 p.m. he
suffered a massive brain hambrage and never recovered. "He died at
around 05:00 p.m. while he was still under medical treatment at the
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Saifi Hospital", Dr. Arif
Shamsuddin, his cousin, said while speaking to ummid.com.
His dead body is being bought from
Mumbai to Malegaon where he will be buried tomorrow at 09:00 a.m.
'Man of the
Fakihudding was assisting his father
Mufti Nizamuddin (73) - a former president of Jamiatul Ulema
Nashik who worked as Public Relations Officer (PRO) at the United
Arab Emirate (UAE) Mumbai consulate for about 30 years before
retiring few years back.
"Though he was not officially
attached with the consulate, his honesty, commitment and
determination made him the most preferred person to attend to the
official and unofficial guests coming to Mumbai from the United
Arab Emirate (UAE)", Nazir Azhari, former Administrative Officer
UAE Consulate said.
His popularity among the UAE
nationals can be gauged from the fact that his mobile phones never
stopped ringing after he suffered the accident on May 18. "The UAE
nationals who learnt about him being injured in the road accident
continued to call continuously to enquire about his health", a
close relative who was attending Fakihuddin in the hospital said.
But what made people to mourn his
death is his eagerness and devotion to work for and help the Malegaonians who
would visit Mumbai for official work or medical aid. People close
to him reveals that for everyone, rich or poor, Fakihuddin was
always available to lend a helping hand.
"Normally we are sent messages with
a request to help someone visiting Mumbai especially for medical
aid. Very often, we would find Fakih already there attending the
needy", Tarique Mehmood, a friend, revealed.
Similar experiences were also shared
by Hamid Jamali and Khurshid Ansari. "I sent a request to Fakih to
help my uncle who was supposed to be operated at Jaslok Hospital.
I was surprised to see Fakih right at the hospital when we reached
there", Khurshid recalled.
Fakih was also instrumental in
helping many Malegaonians get placements in UAE. "I was searching
for a Gulf job but nothing was working in my favour. Then I met
Fakih who through his UAE contacts arranged me a job", Akhter, a
civil engineer, said.