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Leukaemia youth fulfilling last wish dies in Madinah

KUALA TERENGGANU: A final-stage leukaemia patient, Muhammad Ramadhan Alias (pic), whose last wish was to perform the umrah, has passed away in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

The last time his family members saw him was when the 20-year-old was given an emotional send-off at the Sultan Mahmud here airport on Tuesday where he and his mother, Saibah Yaacob, 58, were leaving for Mecca to perform the umrah.

Doctors had told his family in Kampung Beril, Paka, Dungun, that he had only until April to live. But Muhammad Ramadhan died at about 11.30am Saturday (Malaysian time) at the Al-Ansar Hospital in Madinah. He was buried at the Nabawi Mosque in Madinah.

Muhammad Ramadhan's sister Maryam Fatinah Alias when contacted said the family was saddened over what had happened.

"But at the same time we are happy for two reasons, one is that he had his wish fulfilled and the other is that we believe only the lucky ones die in the holy land and he is one of the lucky and chosen ones",she said.

Muhammad Ramadhan's father Alias Ibrahim, 56 said he shared the same feelings about his son's death in Madinah as Muhammad Ramadhan was a lucky boy.

He said he too would be leaving to perform the umrah, and as a father, would continue the umrah for his son.

"I will be leaving this Friday and will be in Mecca for six to seven days and the next day I will also visit my son's grave.

"I spoke to his mother about 4pm and told her to take good care of herself.

"She should continue her umrah and I will come and do it for Muhammad Ramadhan," he said, adding that Saibah had accepted their son's death.

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