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The mother of an Emirati who fell as a martyr during military training eight years ago says she was not surprised when she saw the country’s top leaders visiting the martyrs’ families to offer condolences and help them.
“I was not surprised by what they are doing to the martyrs’ families and what they have done for me. They are present at on all occasion and are attending to all our needs.
"My God the Almighty preserve and support them,” said Farida, the mother of martyr Ali Abdullah Al Danhani, who passed away at a military training camp in 2007.
He was around 18 years old when he fell in the camp in the Eastern UAE oasis town of Al Ain, two years after he joined a training programme.
“I was saddened by my son’s death but my sadness was offset by the way he died as every one wishes to die as a martyr. He was the soul of my home as he was the youngest and the liveliest. He and his father have gone but I am patient and will always accept God’s will,” she told the Dubai-based Arabic language daily 'Emarat Al Youm'.
Ali’s sister, Fatima, said her father died just a day after her brother passed away. “The news of my brother’s martyrdom was not easy for all of us. My father was so saddened that he died on the next day,” she said.
She told the paper that Ali, who was among nine children, left school at an early age to fulfill his dream in joining the armed forces, adding that most of her other brothers also joined the army. “All his colleagues were in full praise of his courage and strong will, which stimulated them into pursuing training,” she said.
His other sister, Aysha, said Ali was a good Muslim as he had never stopped going for prayers at the mosque in Fujairah. She said he was very close to his father and that he had travelled to Saudi Arabia many times to perform Umrah (mini pilgrimage).
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