A compassionate Saudi family has been taking care of an Ethiopian paralysed housemaid for the last 20 years

Saudi Arabia is regularly shown by the mainstream media in the negative light and rarely do we come across inspiring news or stories from the writers. In June, 2016, an undoubtedly heartwarming story was reported by Saudi Gazette which we should all know and aspire from.

“We used to live in a small rented apartment and now live in a villa and own an entire apartment building.

The decision to take care of the Ethiopian maid has brought us countless blessings which has turned our life around positively.”

A Saudi family has taken care of a housemaid after she had been diagnosed with paralysis. Mr. Salah Al Syoufi stated that he and his family has been caring for their Ethiopian maid for the past 20 years.

The Ethiopian housemaid wished that she would die under their roof which led for the Saudi family to care for her. Mr. Al Syoufi stated that the story of their maid boggles him to this day. He says he had a friend who had employed an Ethiopian maid to work for him, however within a few months of her arrival under the sponsorship of his friend; the maid was diagnosed with triplegia, which is the paralysis of three limbs.

The Ethiopian maid is paralyzed in both of her legs as well as her right arm.

Her original sponsor paid for her medical bills, but they were continuous hence the sponsor asked for the help of Mr. Al Syoufi and he also began paying for her bills along with his friend.

After some months, when her work visa was about to expire, the sponsor had no intention of renewing the visa. It was at this moment that the Ethiopian maid asked to see Mr. Al Syoufi and the entire family met her at the hospital. The maid pleaded with the family to have her sponsorship transferred onto their name and to take care of her. The family had a brief discussion after which they agreed to do so and filed the necessary paperwork for the procedure to be completed.

The family has been covering her medical and other expenses ever since that day. The wife has been caring for her every day and taking care of her needs.

Al Syoufi stated that his wife would bathe, dress and feed the maid as if both were sisters.

The maid currently lives with the family in their house and it is her final wish to stay with them until she dies. Several of the people would only see this as a total burden; however, this act of kindness towards the maid has given the family much more happiness than they have given the maid. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

“Be merciful to the people of the earth and the One in the heavens will have mercy upon you.”

[Sunan al-Tirmidhī 1924]

This is truly a touching story, amidst the numerous stories of the vile treatment and abuse that some housemaids receive at the hands of their sponsors. This Ethiopian maid is blessed to have found such a caring and open-hearted family, as generally nobody would have agreed to do what they have done for the maid, and Allah Almighty has showered them with blessings for their act of kindness towards a stranger. Allah says:

“Is there any reward for good other than good?”

[Qur’an: Chapter 55, Verse 60]

Written by Adeel Malik

Born in Hong Kong, grew up in Scotland and ethnically Pakistani, Adeel primes himself to be a multicultural individual who is an advent social media user for the purpose of learning and propagating Islam while is also a sports fan. Being an English teacher himself, he envisions a bright future for Muslims which he strongly believes can only be done with education.

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