Attack shatters Hajj dream

2011-09-23 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG man (66) is fighting for his life in Edendale Hospital’s intensive care unit and will be missing out on his dream to go on the largest pilgrimage in the world.

Abas Nabee was jogging along Bulwer Street early last Friday in preparation for his Hajj pilgrimage when he was attacked and robbed of his training shoes, jacket and hat by unknown men.

The family said they saw him leave for a jog at around 4.15 am. They suspected that something was wrong when he did not come for lunch at his daughter’s house. His daughter Rizwana, said she called her aunt.

“We started phoning everyone checking on where he was. I called hospitals and we were informed by one of our cousins that he was in Northdale Hospital,” said Rizwana.

When they got to the hospital he had still not been treated and his face was covered in blood.

Nabee, the father of two and grand­father of four, was found outside Longmarket Girls’ School by teachers, who called an ambulance.

He was severely beaten on the head and had a stab wound between the chest and stomach.

Every Muslim has to attend Hajj at least once in their lifetime if health and financial means allow it.

The family had specially planned the trip for Nabee and his wife Mumpaz who have waited all their lives to attend Hajj in Mecca.

Rizwana said her mother is traumatised.

“We would like to know why they attacked my father this way when he did not even have a cellphone.

“They should have taken all they wanted and left him alone,” said Rizwana.

Nabee’s son, Imtiaz, said they are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to report what they saw to the police.

mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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