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Dubai cleaner who returned gold, cash and passports honoured

Mohammad Ashraf found a bag left behind by passenger at Dubai airport

  • By Faisal Masudi, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:00 April 9, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Atiq-Ur-Rehman/Gulf News
  • Mohammad Ashraf

Dubai: An Indian cleaner in Dubai who returned an airport passenger’s misplaced bag full of gold, cash and passports has been honoured at the Dubai Government Excellence Programme Awards.

Mohammad Ashraf, 42, was among the “unknown soldiers” acknowledged during the awards ceremony on Tuesday.

The father-of-four said he found the bag in a trolley in the parking of Dubai Airport Terminal 3 where he works.

He added that the bag contained a little over 23 grams of gold, about 10,000 Indian rupees (about Dh675) and four passports.

Ashraf, who has been with Dubai Airports for 13 years, reported the find to the terminal’s lost and found section.

“Later on I saw a man looking very tense and disturbed; he seemed to be looking for something. I asked him what had happened, if he had lost something. I kind of knew it was him,” Ashraf said.

After confirming the details of the bag and its contents, the passenger was reunited with his belongings.

“He was so happy and thrilled. He offered me money as a reward but I refused. I was just doing my duty.”

The passenger took down Ashraf’s staff number and details, and later e-mailed the management to praise his qualities.

“This award today is a gift from God, I thank Him. I called my mum, she was so proud. My family said good deeds are never lost, you get rewarded for them in this life or the next — or both,” he said.

Ashraf has been in Dubai for 23 years, and previously used to deliver groceries on a bicycle.

Comments (121)

  1. Added 18:34 April 10, 2013

    I imagine you are truly one of a kind,one in a million and may the almighty father bless you.

    bonface kariuki kabiru, dubai, Kenya

  2. Added 18:25 April 10, 2013

    Mohammad Ashraf, I am very happy that there is humanity in this world, God bless You and your family! Your parents should be proud of You!

    Dmitriy, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 18:18 April 10, 2013

    Hey Ashraf, you know you've done a good job!!! God bless you that's all I can say .

    Carlos Leitao, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 18:14 April 10, 2013

    Mohammad Ashraf, you made us all proud. I hope you have encouraged others people to do the same.

    sudeep, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 17:48 April 10, 2013

    Great work Ashraf bhai salute your honesty may Allah bless you and your family

    munaf, dubai, Sri Lanka

  6. Added 17:45 April 10, 2013

    While prasing the honesty of Ashraf I would also like to congratulate the authorities for recognizing his efforts and awarding him for his noble action. All these recognitions and prases will be of more value to him than the contents of the bag. Good Job bro.

    Mohammed Mujahed Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 17:42 April 10, 2013

    Great Job, may God Bless You.

    Muhammad Khalil, Sharjah, Pakistan

  8. Added 17:35 April 10, 2013

    Hi Ashraf, hats off to you. Also to Gulf News for publishing this story with his photo too. It needs lot of courage to do the right and do good. I am more impressed when you denied the reward saying, "that is just duty done" . That gives us insight into you. A great role model. Would like to hear more about you Ashraf.

    Johnson Edakulathur, Perth, Australia

  9. Added 17:34 April 10, 2013

    God Bless. Great work in todays world .. God Repays

    Narender Satiani, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 17:31 April 10, 2013

    Great mind and heart at work.. if all people are filled with honesty and work towards humanity, the world would be a better place to live in..I salute the great man!!Keep the good work rolling and teaching to all !!!

    Pawan, dubai, United Arab Emirates

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