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Wednesday, 12 May 2010 03:08

Jeddah : Indebted, abused Indian's ordeal ends with his death

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Jeddah, May, 12 : Mohammed Mateen’s journey toward his tragic end started when his father sold their only home to marry off one of his four sisters in India.

However, after suffering abuse at the hands of her in-laws, the girl returned and later divorced her husband.

It should be noted that in Islam it is not permitted for men to take dowry from women, yet there are Muslims who still practice this.

Mateen, the only son of a fruit-seller, was from a very poor family and he took on the responsibility of getting his sisters married and supporting old parents.

To this end, the 24-year-old raised what little money he could, some of which he borrowed. The rest was collected from the proceeds of the sale of the house. Mateen used the money to pay a labor recruitment agent and travel to Saudi Arabia.

The hopeful young man came to Hafer Al-Baten under the sponsorship of a man who had brought him to work as a driver. Instead, he was made to work as a cook.

Before his death, Mateen told Arab News that his sponsor had made him sleep in a field and given him practically no food. He was only paid SR400 a month, even though the labor recruitment agent in India had promised him SR1,000. Mateen claimed his sponsor did not even pay him that small amount. Mateen had no experience in cooking and failed miserably when preparing dishes.

Fearing his poor culinary skills would persuade his sponsor to send him back to India without money to pay back his debts, Mateen ran away in hope of finding a job elsewhere.

Soon after he fell severely ill and friends took him to King Fahd Hospital where he was admitted to intensive care, registered as an “unknown patient”, and diagnosed with failure in both kidneys.

The hospital provided Mateen with adequate medical treatment, including dialysis three times a week. While in the hospital Mateen had told Arab News that all he wanted was return to Indian soil.

The interview, published about five months ago, led to some philanthropists visiting him in hospital and offering to help with his repatriation.

With assistance from the Indian Consulate and a social worker at the hospital, he was able to return to India.

Mateen was reunited with his family, but the trauma of what had happened to him, the fact the debt still had not been paid, and the ongoing pressure to marry his sisters off was all too much for his father, who started suffering from heart disease.

This meant Mateen’s mother was struggling to pay for the treatment of both her husband and son.

Mateen used to insist that whatever little money they had should be spent on his father’s treatment.

He believed that his own disease was incurable and at least if his father survived he would be able to work and earn money to marry off his sisters.

Tragically, Mateen’s father passed away from a heart attack soon afterwards.

Fourteen days later, on May 8, Mateen succumbed to his illness. Mateen and his father were the only breadwinners of the family.

Now Mateen’s mother and his four unmarried sisters are left in a rental home with no source of income and debts to pay.



Like [0]Dislike [0] #9 , uae2010-05-13
plz give us full detail of this family , plz All muslim brother help this people ,
Like [0]Dislike [0] #8 , Al Khobar2010-05-12
Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajivoon. very sad news. Now this is our responsibility, that one of our sisters family is need help very urgently.

Dear CD .... Please start a fund rising campaign to help the poor family.
Like [0]Dislike [0] #7 , RE: Jeddah : Indebted, abused Indian's ordeal ends with his death2010-05-12
Inna lillahi wa inna Ilahi wa rajhoon.
May Allah help this family to over come their difficulties.
CD, Please forward the address to me on my email.
Like [1]Dislike [0] #6 , Saudi Arabia2010-05-12
very sad news. Please get the full details and Bank account of Mateen family.
Like [0]Dislike [0] #5 , al kobar k.s.a2010-05-12
enna lillahio wa enna elahi razeoon pls mateen froom were and wich part of india pls give me adress thank u
Like [1]Dislike [0] #4 , Mangalore2010-05-12
Innalillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon. Please forward contact details to my email address. Insha Allah let us try to help this family by the grace of Allah.
Like [0]Dislike [0] #3 , Surathkal2010-05-12
Dear CD team could you plz advice Mateen is from which part of India.Just for the info.
Like [0]Dislike [0] #2 , KUWAIT2010-05-12
Innalillhai vainna ilai raajivun May Almighty ALLAH Rest their soul in peace.ನಾವೀಗ ಈ ಪ್ರಯಾಣದ ಯಾವ ಸ್ಟೇಜ್ ನಲ್ಲಿದ್ದೇವೆಂದು ಬಲ್ಲವನು ಒಬ್ಬನೇ (ಅಲ್ಲಾಹ್)ಅವನೇ ನಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ ಸರ್ವ ಪಾಲಕ.ಅವನಲ್ಲದೆ ಬೇರೆ ಆರಾಧ್ಯನಿಲ್ಲ.ಅಲ್ಲಾಹ್ ನಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ ಕೊನೆಯ ಪಯಣವನ್ನು ಸುಗಮ ಗೊಳಿಸಿ,
Like [2]Dislike [0] #1 , RE: Jeddah : Indebted, abused Indian's ordeal ends with his death2010-05-12
Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi Rajioon
travel of duniya finished and started the trvel of Aakhira for this father and son let Allah give them Maghfira & Janna.
Now there remains this widow mother and four daughters, as a test for we the Muslim Umma starting from their relatives, neighbors, local jamath and finally who ever read this news!
so together with such information if CD provide their address with their A/C number could have completed the responsibility. May Allah guide us and help us to help them.
Because of the death of Mateen we all came to know this fact..There may be hundreds of such Mateen's are struggling for same reasons!
Can we find any solution to help them well in advance.......

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