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Emirati who drowned while saving children gets mosque named after him
Wednesday October 16, 2013 3:18 PM, News Network

The General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Awqaf (GAIAQ) has named a newly built mosque in the city of Ras Al Khaimah after Ahmed Salem, the 20-year-old Emirati who drowned while attempting to rescue six Asian children, aged between 11 and 13, in the rough seas of the Azan area on October 9, Khaleej Times reported.

Ahmed helped rescue five Filipino children and one Sri Lankan child with police divers, but it was too late to save another Filipino 13-year-old boy, identified only as R.C. His body was found early on Thursday morning after it washed up on the shore.

Offering condolences to the family of the deceased, Dr Hamdan Muslim, Chairman – GAIAQ, said the move to name the mosque is in line with the policy of the UAE leadership to honour anyone who sincerely participates in the progress and welfare of the UAE.

"We are just trying to make an example of Ahmed Salem who sacrificed his life to rescue others; he has become a role model for all Emirati youth who rush to help others when necessary."

The family of the deceased, hailing the gesture, said they did appreciate such a kind way of honouring Ahmed, and gave special thanks to the leaders and officials who visited them. Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Minister of Interior was among those who visited the family to offer condolences.

"Ahmed was so brave and kind, and was ready to sacrifice his life to save others'," Salem M, the father said. "Naming a mosque after my son will encourage all Emirati youth to follow his steps and do their best in holding the name of their country high."

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