TABUK – Hassan Bin Mahdi Al-Kabi, a 30-year-old private in the Armed Forces, was supposed to have married two days after Eid Al-Adha, but was cruelly struck down by an infiltrator’s bullet a day before the event.
He was killed by a sniper at Mount Al-Rumaih along the border with Yemen.
Despite the heartbreaking news, his mother ululated when she heard that her son had fallen on the battlefield as a martyr. “I must be congratulated and not offered condolences because my son sacrificed his life for the sake of his country.”
The rest of his family was also proud that their loved one fell as a martyr.
The martyr’s brother-in-law, Ali Mahdi Al-Kabi, said he also believed that congratulations were in order.
“Under these circumstances we deserve to be congratulated and not offered condolences.” Al-Kabi said one of Hassan’s colleagues called him from the top of Mount Rumaih and told him the news. A colleague of Hassan, Jabran Al-Ashashi, had helped him to recite the Shahadah.
Abdulrahman, a second brother of the martyr, who works in Riyadh’s Education Department, said his mother told him the news of his brother’s death. He said his mother was crying.
He said he left Riyadh immediately for Tabuk to support his family.
“Our only consolation is that Hassan fell in battle as a hero. The last call I received from him was three days before his death.”
Raheema Ahamd, who was present on the battlefield, and Ali Hassan Al-Kabi, the martyr’s cousin who was on Haj assignment, said they both believed that everyone wants to die in the defense of his country. This is because Almighty Allah rewards martyrs with paradise, they said.
Prince Fahd Bin Turki Bin Abdul Aziz, Paratroop Commander, called Hassan’s family to offer his condolences. – Okaz/SG