The nation of UAE mourns the passing of Sheikha Maryam bint Abdullah bin Sulayem Al Falasi, the mother-in-law of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE and mother of Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, wife of the President. The Court of the UAE expressed its sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the whole family and prayed to the almighty to shower his unending mercy and forgiveness on the deceased person and also to provide solace and comfort to the family and relatives.
The President, Sheikh Mohamed Al Nahyan accepted the condolence messages from the residents and Sheikhs over the passing of his mother-in-law. Together with the President, other members of the family also accepted the condolences.
The funeral prayer was performed by the Sheikhs and sons of the deceased together with other family members
The prayer was performed at the Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed the First Mosque and the body of the deceased was taken to the final resting place at Al Bateen Cemetery in Abu Dhabi.
Condolence wishes had poured in from all corners of the UAE and it was accepted by President himself than other members of the family Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Sheikh Sultan bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Sheikh Saeed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan Al Nahyan at the Al Mushrif Palace.
In similar, heart-wrenching news, the President of the UAE, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has asked the officials of all the Mosques in the UAE to perform special funeral prayers for the earthquake victims of Syria and Turkey. The funeral prayers shall be carried out after the Juma’s prayers on Friday.
The total death toll from the biggest earthquake in recent times has reached more than 20,296 according to Thursday’s reports. As each day passes, there is very little hope of finding any more survivors as the chances of survival are hard among the concrete rubbles and in the harsh winter.
According to officials, 3,162 people have died in Syria and 17,134 have died in Turkey in the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on Monday morning. The global community is in a state of shock as rescue and relief efforts are pouring into the affected nations from governments and humanitarian organizations.
The UAE was one of the first nations to respond to the crisis by deploying its search and rescue teams to both countries. Their rescue operation initiative called Operation Gallant Knight had been leading a high scale rescue operation in the affected areas and they were successful in saving a whole family of a mother, son and two daughters from the concrete rubble after a five-hour-long rescue effort.
The Syrian family who lived in the Kahramanmaras province thanked the efforts of the UAE rescue team and they were quickly shifted to a nearby hospital after providing emergency medical assistance.
The President of Turkey said that his administration had certain shortcomings in attending to the emergency rescue operations soon after the disaster struck on Monday. Most of it was caused by the hostile weather conditions that made rescue efforts tougher. The hope of finding survivors among the rubble is also dwindling day by day because of the same weather conditions.
The large-magnitude tremor had also destroyed the Hatay Airport runway which further caused restrictions in rescue and relief efforts.
Erdogan assured that none of the citizens would be left uncared for by the government as it is making all the efforts to provide necessary relief for the affected people. He also warned people to be wary of dishonourable individuals who are spreading lies and slander against the government at a sensitive time like this.
It was a heart-melting sight at Gaziantep’s main cemetery where ten coffins would be arranged at a time to offer prayers for the dead victims of the earthquake.
The imam blessed the deceased individuals and prayed for their families as the bodies were taken for burial at a hurried pace as more coffins followed behind. The Yesilkent Cemetery was a site of mourning as it was filled with relatives who had come from different regions to see and offer prayers for their deceased family members.
The mayor of Gaziantep had appealed to the Muslim preachers to volunteer and help with the funerals at the cemeteries as they were overflowing with coffins. Hundreds of men and women stood witness to the funeral rituals as some women were crying uncontrollably. The grief of an entire community will echo through the whole world as Syria and Turkey try to grapple with the tragedy that struck on Monday.