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From rags-to-riches: Fairy tale for Saudi family

Prince Faisal orders furnished house, jobs for destitute family

  • By Habib Toumi, Bureau chief
  • Published: 12:41 December 29, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Courtesy Newsqassim
  • Najeh Al Sharari's tent, where he lived with his wife and children.
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Manama: A Saudi man who said he lived for 20 years in a tent with his family had the surprise of his life when a Saudi prince offered him a fully furnished house and jobs for him and his wife.

Najeh Al Sharari, 41, received the good news hours after a Saudi daily published his story and reported on how he was forced to live inside a three-by-two metre tent.

Najeh, an unemployed man who could not find a job for lack of adequate qualifications, said that he longed for a more decent life where he would not have to use the toilet of the neighbouring mosque.

“I am really tired of living in poverty and of asking people for help,” the father of six told Al Sharq daily. “I want to see my children go to school and I want to have a steady income so that I could spend money on my family. I want warmth when it is cold outside and I want family security,” he said.

Najeh said that he wanted to work as a school watchman so that he could have an income to spend on his unemployed wife and their five daughters and one son.

“They have not been able to attend school as there is no money to support them,” he said.

However, hours later, a group of well-dressed men came to the tent and drove him and his family to a fully furnished house with promises that he and his wife would be given jobs.

The men were dispatched by Prince Faisal Bin Bander, the Governor of Al Qaseem in central Saudi Arabia, to help the family.

The prince has reportedly asked his assistant to provide help quickly, insisting that no one should live in such deplorable conditions.

“I could not believe what I saw and what we went through,” Najeh told Al Sharq. “High-profile personalities came to my tent to take me and my family to a beautiful and fully furnished house. It was unbelievable. They told me I was the guest of the Prince and provided every single thing. My daughters and sons were able to watch television and to sleep in a real bed while the fridge is full. I thank God profoundly and I am deeply grateful to Prince Faisal,” he said.

Aryam, his 11-year-old daughter, said that the whole family was crying with emotion and joy.

“We have been continuously praying for Prince Faisal for his unbelievable compassion and care,” she said. “We were able to feel warm when it was bitterly cold outside. We felt at ease for the first time. We thank Papa Faisal so much,” she said.

Her mother said that she was weeping all the time following the “great act of generosity”.

“Prince Faisal has rescued us from a terrible tragedy and we will always be grateful to him. May God bless him at all times,” she said.

Comments (12)

  1. Added 15:35 December 30, 2012

    Asalamualikum to all and prince Faisal. May Allah give beautiful reward to the prince for his kindness. umat e muslima need such kind of leaders to come forward and take the challange to overcome the miserable conditions of the mulims peoples who are living in deep poverty and nobody able to take courage and use their own resources for muslims brothers. May Allah give such kind of thinking to the rest of the leaders of muslim countries. and May Allah bring long lasting unity among all the muslim countries irrespective of region, language, resources etc. Ameen

    Babar Shabbir, Dubai, Pakistan

  2. Added 15:20 December 30, 2012

    I really felt emotionally when i read this news and seen the image of thier house, How come they stayed for 20 years? Thanks Prince Faisal for your help to this family. May Allah bless you

    Nadah, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:17 December 30, 2012

    If 1% of our indian leaders think like Prince Faisal, there will not be poverty in India.

    meerasharif, ras al khaimah, India

  4. Added 14:35 December 30, 2012

    I would like to praise the news reporter and the Prince and his kind heart and love & affection and genorocity to the people.may god bless the prince and give him more power and wealth.

    vijayakumar, abudhabi, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 12:29 December 30, 2012


    WAH, muscat, Oman

  6. Added 12:24 December 30, 2012

    Pray to Allah that he give wisdom to every muslim so he can help the other needy Muslim (Aameen)


  7. Added 12:17 December 30, 2012

    what a great leader. he is model to present leaders as well as young future upcoming leaders. May Allah subhana wataalla reward you with your generosity in this world and here after. let the family keep praying for him. lets follow his footsteps and help the needy and poor people. if God has given you wealth share with needy before your time comes. without your wish u will leave these massive wealth in the world pls give sthg out before u r taken out of ur wealth

    qalbi noura, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 12:05 December 30, 2012

    What a great act of generosity from the Ruler who truly loves their citizen. May Almighty Allah reward the Ruler and concerned persons who brought this news to him with his countless bounties in the world and hereafter.

    mohammad, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 11:16 December 30, 2012

    Great act of Generosity. May there be more people in the world like the Prince who does and acts with generosity without seeing attention.

    Arun Sasi, DUbai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 10:06 December 30, 2012

    Prince Faisal, you will be blessed by Allah for your generosity.

    Michelle, Doha, Qatar

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