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Thousands turn out for funeral of mum and three children

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Distraught father with bandages on both hands led coffins of his little 5-year-old daughter, sons aged 10 and 12 and wife


Around four thousand mourners turned out to say goodbye to three children and their mother who tragically died in a house fire.

Children, Hamaad, Yusuf and Khadijah Umerji, aged 12, ten and five, were buried along with their mother Aneesa, 40, at Overdale Cemetery on Tuesday 11th July.

Their father, Zubair Umerji had bandages on both of his hands and led the coffins from vehicles to the burial site at the cemetery.

People from all over the country travelled to Bolton to pay their respects at funeral prayers held at the Zakariyya Jaame Masjid mosque, before the burial.

Mrs Umerji, who grew up in Blackburn, and whose family still lives in the Preston New Road area, and her three children died in a house fire in Rosamond Street, Daubhill, on Saturday morning.

The three children and their mother became trapped inside their Bolton home shortly after 9am on 8th July.

The youngsters’ dad, Zubair, 41, had desperately tried to save his family after the blaze ripped through the terraced house.

The father, who is in a “distraught condition” had tried to smash through glass on the ground floor window to reach his family. He was screaming, banging and shouting. 'Save my kids, save my wife. Help. Help.'

Neighbours had tried to assist breaking the door and the windows but the flames were out of control.
At the funerals, mourners stood in the rain as they gathered to pay their respects and a number of prayers were read out at the service in both English and Arabic.

The service at the cemetery was led by Imam Maulana Rashid, who spoke of the community coming together to co-operate to support each other at the time of mourning.

Among those who spoke at the cemetery was Simon Greenwood, Hamaad's learning support mentor at Birtenshaw School, who had written an emotional poem to the 12-year-old and read it out loud.

Mr Greenwood broke down in tears as he read the poem, which paid tribute to the youngster's independence and determination.

Imteyaz Ali, secretary at the Bolton Council of Mosques, said: "Thousands have turned up, from Preston and Blackburn, I have seen people from all over the place.

"People have come to show their grief. I have seen crowds at services before but never to this extent. This just goes to show how it has touched a lot of people's hearts."

The family had close friendships with much of the neighbourhood, many of whom have spoken of the deaths as a loss to the whole community.

Following a joint investigation, officers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) believe the fire was caused accidentally by a halogen heater in the living room at the front of the house.


Heart-wrenching plea to young drivers at funeral of 22-year-old Shumas Fakeer who died in car crash

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“I’ve lost my younger brother”

Mourners gathered in the hundreds at Jamiyat Tabligh-ul-Islam in Victor Street, Bradford for the heart-breaking funeral of Shumas Fakeer, a 22-year-old who died in a fatal car crash.

22-year-old Shumas, a law graduate with a bright future ahead of him, tragically passed away in a horrifying car accident last month. He was the passenger.

Hundreds of people crowded the mosque on Friday 3rd March and offered their support to his relatives who are still dealing with the shock of losing the youngest member of their family.

Now Shumas’s brother, Ahmed Ali, has pleaded to drivers to think about not only their and their passenger’s safety, but to also think about other drivers and pedestrians.

Says Ahmed: “We all need to learn from this.

“I’ve lost my younger brother Shamas Fakeer and I don’t want anyone to go through what me and my family are going through.

“May Allah (swt) grant my dear brother Shumas Fakeer Jannat-ul-Firdos, Ameen.” 

Shumas, of Frizinghall, Bradford, was a passenger in a blue Audi RS4 which collided with a tree and lamppost in Bradford Road, Bingley, shortly after 4 am on Sunday 26th February.

The funeral was not only an opportunity to say goodbye to Shumas, but for the Imam to warn against dangerous driving. He said: said: “Our brothers are driving high-powered, expensive cars, but that doesn’t mean in the city of Bradford we should drive them in such a way we are putting ourselves, other drivers, and pedestrians at stake.

“Shumas is not the only brother to die in these circumstances.

“Do you want to be the cause of a brother’s death? We need to not be selfish, and to think about the other people around us.”

The 24-year-old driver of the vehicle was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, along with two other men, aged 23 and 24, who were in the black Volkswagen Golf believed to have been travelling in tandem with the Audi at the time of the crash.

It is thought that the two cars travelled through Heaton and along Toller Lane, before heading into Cottingley and then Bingley, which is where the tragic accident occurred. All three of the men have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Those who knew Shumas have paid tribute to him, expressing their shock and sadness over the tragic events.

“In a real shock as to his sudden departure from this world. We've lost a very good brother, friend and family member.” Aqib Hassan (Friend)

“Words fail to express exactly how I am feeling right now. The local Frizinghall community is in absolute shock. A law graduate who had a bright future ahead - his father Haji Mohammad Fakeer is in pieces.” Adil Shaan (Relative)

A great loss – My duas are with the family of Haji Fakeer Saab. Khadim Hussain (President of JTI Victor St Mosque)



Thousands gather to pay respects to renowned Muslim cleric

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GRIDLOCK: Traffic came to a standstill in Dewsbury due to the amount of people that attended the funeral

GRIDLOCK: Traffic came to a standstill in Dewsbury due to the amount of people that attended the funeral

Transport brought to a standstill for funeral of influential leader

People from across the UK and Europe flocked to Dewsbury last week to pay their respects to one of the most influential Muslim leaders, Hafiz Patel, who passed away aged 92.

A funeral was held for the renowned cleric, who was involved in the creation of the Markazi Mosque in Savile Town, on Thursday 18th February.

Crowds - some of whom had travelled from as far afield as France and Portugal - were described as ‘an ocean of people’ on social media and Twitter was awash with tributes.

It was estimated that 10,000 mourners turned up to Savile Town playing fields for the open air service.

Omar (@opthomar), on Twitter wrote: “Almost feels like a pilgrimage, thousands of people walking the streets of Dewsbury on their way to #HafizPatel's janazah.”

Mr Patel arrived in Dewsbury in 1960 and was instrumental in setting up the town’s first mosque, which is the largest teaching mosque in Europe and European headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat movement.

Even the transport around Savile Town in Dewsbury came to a standstill due to the influx of mourners and was in gridlock for some hours.

Community leader, Solly Adam, said: “He was my relative and also a very close friend. We played cricket together when I was a little child.

“I wasn’t surprised that so many people turned up to his funeral. He deserved double the turnout for what he had done for the community in his lifetime.

“He’s been here for fifty years and changed the country for the good. It is unbelievable what he’s done for the community.”

He added: “Mr Patel was a true gentleman who had a very soft nature. He listened to everyone and would never dictate his views. We went to Germany and Turkey together. He was a genius. He sacrificed his whole life for the sake of his community.”

OPEN AIR FUNERAL: The funeral was held at Savile Town playing fields

OPEN AIR FUNERAL: The funeral was held at Savile Town playing fields

Councillor Masood Ahmed for Dewsbury South also shared his memories of the cleric.

“Mr Patel was a very approachable and welcoming person,” he said. “Whoever you were, whatever walk of life you were from, he would always give of his time.

“He will certainly be a hard act to follow if anyone has to step into his shoes. It’s a massive loss to us all.

“Mr Patel was the pillar of the community. I can’t fault the man.”