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Ajman mourns loss of popular educator

Thamer Saeed Salman, 35, remembered as hundreds pour into Shaikh Zayed Mosque for prayers before burial

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 21:00 February 9, 2013
  • Gulf News

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  • Thamer Saeed Salman

Ajman: A well-known educator who died on Friday evening in a motorcycling accident in the Al Ain desert was fondly remembered following a burial service on Saturday in Ajman.

Thamer Saeed Salman, 35, vice-president of Ajman University of Science and Technology, died of his injuries and was pronounced dead after being moved to Tawam Hospital on Friday night.

Hundreds gathered to pay their respects to Salman in Ajman.

Large crowds poured into Shaikh Zayed Mosque in Ajman where prayers were held before Salman’s burial.

“Thamer was kind-hearted, caring and he was known for his helpful nature in supporting students who could not afford money to complete their education,” said Dr Bashir Shahada, director of the university, who talked to Gulf News after the burial.

Dr Shahada said he had lost a close friend.

“He loved his country and he loved Ajman,” he said.

He said Salman used to offer underprivileged students who obtained high marks in their studies full scholarships at Ajman University of Science and Technology, which was founded by his father Saeed Salman, a former minister of education.

“He was a great friend and a brilliant educator who managed to take the university to another level,” said a friend. “We will miss him.”

Brigadier Ali Abdullah Alwan, Chief of Ajman Police, said it was very sad news to lose such a productive young member of Ajman who went out of his way to help underprivileged students get an education for a better life.

“He was young and hard-working, this is shocking news,” he said.

He said Salman was kind and widely known through the emirate for helping students realise their academic dreams even when they did could not afford to pay the tuition fees.

Asma Mohammad, an Egyptian student at the university, said that Salman was a good person, kind-hearted and helpful.

“Salman was well known for his generosity and kindness as he never refused to help students at the university who really needed help,” she said.

Asma added thar Salman was popular among students because he was kind-hearted.

“We all know that Salman supported all students. He was a good person and a kind human being,” she said.

Saeed Ameen, another student at the university, said that it was a big loss — not just for the university but for everyone.

Comments (7)

  1. Added 20:12 February 10, 2013

    may Allah give him the highest place in jannah .a very kind hearted man

    sadia, Dubai, Pakistan

  2. Added 19:28 February 10, 2013

    May Allah bless the departed soul a deserved place in Jannath. His services will always be remembered and he will receive blessings from all. His services were required more and more, but Allah decided otherwise for him. My condolences to all his family and relatives

    SYED J.HUQ, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:34 February 10, 2013

    It is so sad to lose such an outstanding educationist. the country needs the youngsters to be well educated and groomed. Usually good personality goes soon. We deeply condole and wish may Allah give rest him in heaven. We are sorry for the family for this great loss.

    Dr. Altaf, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:14 February 10, 2013

    Sincere condoleances to his family. Inna li Allah wa inna ilayhi rajeoon

    Rajae, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 13:40 February 10, 2013

    God bless his soul. Inna Lillahe Wa Inna illaihe Rajeoon.

    Raj Abbas Khan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 12:17 February 10, 2013

    may his soul rest in peace.

    farhan, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 12:01 February 10, 2013

    Being an ex-student of Ajman University I am deeply saddened by the fact that such a dedicated and generous Vice President who brought about major changes in the university system has passed away. May his soul rest in peace

    Umair Ahmad, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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