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Thank you UAE: Ishtiaq Husain set to start life afresh

Smiles back on the faces of Husain’s family as UAE residents pitch in with money and job offers

  • By Mazhar Farooqui, Deputy Editor
  • Published: 19:46 November 14, 2012
  • XPRESS

  • Image Credit: Abdel-Krim Kallouche/Gulf News
  • Dramatic turnaround: On the brink last week, Husain’s family can’t hide their smiles now after the overwhelming response they recieved following the XPRESS story last week.

Dubai: The smiles are back on the faces of Husain’s family. On the edge of a precipice with no food to eat and nowhere to go until last week, the family is now faced with the proverbial problem of plenty.

After XPRESS highlighted their plight in its cover story on November 8, Ishtiaq Husain has been contacted by nearly 1,000 readers offering money, food, clothes and so many job propositions he couldn’t decide which one to choose. Eventually, he took up a Dh4,500 job offer at a real estate company in Palm Jumeirah.

“My phone has not stopped ringing. I am overwhelmed by the response and deeply indebted to everyone who has helped me,” said Husain as he readies to legalise his status and start life afresh.

Rendered homeless and penniless after a series of catastrophic events Husain approached Dubai Police with his pregnant wife Zainab on October 21 and begged authorities to put them behind bars along with their two small children so they didn’t starve.

When they were turned away, they spent two nights in a park on near empty stomachs. On October 31 Husain and Zainab borrowed Dh30 from an acquaintance and took a cab to the XPRESS office to get their story across.

By Wednesday afternoon, the family got over Dh55,000 in cash. “Cutting across barriers of religion, ethnicity and nationality people flocked to my house in huge numbers with money, food, clothes and essential supplies. They drove in the dead of night from as far as Fujairah, Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. An Arab couple brought a pram for our third child due this month, an Indian gynaecologist offered free treatment for Zainab, a Pakistani family gave us utensils, a British expat brought toys for Haider and Rida and there were innumerable job offers. The list is long…,” said Husain.

Editor-in-chief of XPRESS and Gulf News Abdul Hamid Ahmad said the staggering response is a measure of both - the newspaper’s credibility and Dubai’s generosity. “Dubai is a city that truly cares and the help extended to Ishtiaq has once again reinforced that fact.”

“News is what happens to people and it’s stories like these that has endeared XPRESS to the community,” said editor Bobby Naqvi.

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  1. Added 16:03 November 15, 2012

    And Without XPRESS, This was not Possible At All.. A BIG THANK YOU TO XPRESS and PLS BRING FORWARD SUCH STUFF. ALLOW US TO EARN REWARDS

    Abdul Samad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 15:53 November 15, 2012

    Alhumdulillah... Indeed this Is The UNITY of the People of UNITED Arab Emirates. So Proud And Happy for the Family May Allah Bless Us All and Grant Us Heaven.

    Abdul Samad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:53 November 15, 2012

    Thats why i love dubai.... PPL From all religions cast culture come together and help each other. keep up the good work....

    jalal, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:48 November 15, 2012

    THIS IS DUBAI. I'M SO HAPPY TO KNOW THE PEOPLE IN DUBAI REALLY CARE. MAY ALLAH BLESS UAE WITH ABUNDANT BLESSING. HELP THE NEEDY THEY NEED YOUR HELP. ITS NOT ABOUT RELIGION, CASTE OR CREED ITS ALL ABOUT HUMANITY, AND UAE HAS JUST PROVED TO THE WORLD WHAT HUMANITY IS ALL ABOUT.

    KARIM KHAN, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 15:38 November 15, 2012

    Allah bless to all, who helped him in most difficult time. Specially thankful to Xpress and the UAE......

    MUHAMMED BARSHAD, DUBAI, India

  6. Added 15:27 November 15, 2012

    One of the many reasons why UAE is different from the rest of the world and is better than the rest. Humanity still exists here and may God help all those in need of help. Ameen/Amen

    Raza Rizvi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 15:02 November 15, 2012

    This is a real good news, may Allah bless all the people who helped this family. It is nice to see there are so many good souls in earth, and I am sure that because of you people the earth is still a livable place.... : ) cheers &; thanks.

    fairoz, ras al khaimah, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 14:39 November 15, 2012

    This is Human unity, Love has to be adopted to other countries. This kind of unity makes country more prosper and rich.

    deepak, dammam, Saudi Arabia

  9. Added 14:31 November 15, 2012

    i read his story and was wery sed i felt wery bad and when i tried contacting him his phone was switched off. Anyhow now i reed his story and was happy he is out of trouble. Allah is great.

    mdmubarak knr, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 14:16 November 15, 2012

    This is the lesson of Islam. This is humanity. So we should do such work to improve the luck of helpless. May Allah bless all of us!

    Mohammad Abul Hosein, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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