A Muslim woman who used an Islamic robe to save a burning man’s life, as dozens of men stood by and watched, has been hailed a hero after being identified as 22-year-old Jawaher Saif Al Kumaiti.
Jawaher was driving home after visiting a friend in hospital when she saw two trucks burst into flames in Ras al-Khaimah, a city in the United Arab Emirates – and heard the victim shouting for someone to save him.
One of the drivers, believed to be Harkirit Singh, managed to escape from his burning vehicle – but not before his clothes caught fire.
Brave Jawaher stopped her car, took the abaya of her friend in her car and rushed to rescue the man by putting out the flames while covering him with the abaya.
Speaking to the Khaleej Times in the United Arab Emirates: “I was rattled to see the two burning trucks, and got shocked when I saw a man on fire screaming for help,” Jawaher said.
“I requested my friend – who was with me in my car – to give her abaya and asked her to stay inside,” she added.
“I immediately rushed to the driver, put out the flames and covered him with my friend’s abaya. I calmed him down, telling him that he would survive as the rescue teams will arrive soon.”
“The police patrols, ambulance and paramedics shortly arrived. They swung into action, provided first aid to the driver, and rushed him to the hospital.
Strangely, there were some workers at the scene, but none interfered to rescue the man, she pointed out. “They were like mute spectators, looking at the man on fire who was screaming to save his life.”
Major Tariq Mohamed Al Sharhan, head of the ambulance and rescue section at the city’s police department, later confirmed both drivers had suffered 40% to 50% burns to their bodies and had been transferred to a specialist hospital.
She continued: “All thanks and praise to Almighty Allah who gave me the power and courage to act and intervene into the situation at the right time and rescue the man’s life.”
Police in the city have confirmed Jawaher will be rewarded for her bravery.