A Muslim woman used an Islamic robe to save a burning man’s life when he caught fire – by using it to put out the flames.
Jawaher Saif Al Kumaiti was driving home after visiting a friend in hospital when she saw two trucks burst into flames – and heard the victim shouting for someone to save him.
One of the drivers, believed to be Harkirit Singh, managed to escape from his burning vehicle – but not before his clothes caught fire.
The quick-thinking woman, who is just 22, persuaded her friend who was a passenger to take off her abaya cloak – a robe-like dress worn by some Muslim women – then leaped out of the car and used it to put out the flames.
Speaking to the Khaleej Times in the United Arab Emirates , Jawaher said: “I was rattled to see the two burning trucks, and got shocked when I saw a man on fire screaming for help.
“I requested my friend – who was with me in my car – to give her abaya and asked her to stay inside.
“I immediately rushed to the driver, put out the flames and covered him with my friend’s abaya.
“I calmed him down, telling him that he would survive as the rescue teams will arrive soon.”
Major Tariq Mohamed Al Sharhan, head of the ambulance and rescue section at the city’s police department, later confirmed both drivers had suffered 40% to 50% burns to their bodies and had been transferred to a specialist hospital.
Jawaher, which means jewels, had been visiting a friend in hospital and saw the burning trucks as she was driving home.
Shockingly, she said there were other people at the scene in Ras al-Khaimah, a city in the United Arab Emirates, before she was but they did not help and simply stared at the man as flames burnt his body.
The young woman, who works for Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the state-owned oil company of the United Arab Emirates, said: “They were like mute spectators, looking at the man on fire who was screaming to save his life.
“The police patrols, ambulance and paramedics shortly arrived. They swung into action, provided first aid to the driver, and rushed him to the hospital.
“All thanks and praise to Almighty Allah who gave me the power and courage to act and intervene into the situation at the right time and rescue the man’s life.”
Police in the city have confirmed Jawaher will be rewarded for her bravery.