Mother loses all three sons in deadly school fire

The three brothers perished in the disaster.
PHOTO: The Star/Asia News Network

PETALING JAYA - The fire at the tahfiz was not just saddening, it was three times a tragedy for Mashawani Mohamed Shahid.

The 29-year-old widow lost her three sons, Muhammad Syafid Haikal, Muhammad Hafiz Iskandar and Muhammad Harris Ikhwan.

The ages of the three siblings have yet to be confirmed at press time.

Rosnani Mohd Nor, a cousin of Mashawani, told mStar she only discovered that her nephews were among the victims after their bodies were sent to Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

Rosnani, who was still in shock, came to Hospital Kuala Lumpur to be with Mashawani.

"I haven't seen her yet. I hope she will stay strong through this trial," she added.

Outside the mortuary of the hospital, Hamidah Mohamed Ibrahim cut a sorrowful figure.

Aftermath: The damaged exterior of the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah tahfiz after the fire.Photo: The Star/Asia News Network

The 63-year-old said she had lost a child she regarded as her own flesh and blood, just days after another loved one had died.

"He was too young. They were all too young. I know this is God's will and I keep trying to remind myself of that.

"But it is difficult because this is really not an age to die. They had their whole lives ahead of them," she sobbed. Hamidah lost her composure after she saw the first batch of bodies being taken into the forensic unit for DNA testing procedures.

Wiping her eyes with tissue paper, she lamented that it was too painful for her to bear.

"What will the parents be going through? No one should have to lose a child like this," she said as she was led away by a friend.

24 people, mostly teen boys, killed in KL religious school fire

  • Norhayati showing the letter written by her son before the fire. Amiel Asyraf Abdul Rashid had penned a letter to his parents telling them how much he loved them.
  • The religious school where it is now confirmed that 24 people died in a fire early Thursday was in the midst of applying for a fire safety permit.
  • However, the Tahfiz Darul Ittifaqiyah started its operations before the permit was approved by the Fire and Rescue Department.
  • Cries for help were heard by residents who had woken for the Subuh prayers in Kampung Datuk Keramat early Thursday.
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