Saturday 25 October 2014

Heartbreaking scenes as drowning victim Ahmed Bari (5) laid to rest

Published 01/07/2014 | 17:49

The mosque in Clonskeagh, inset, Ahmed Bari

THERE were heartbreaking scenes today at the Dublin mosque as the family of Ahmed Bari (5) paid their final respects to the little boy who tragically drowned in a drainage ditch near his home.

In keeping with the family's Muslim religion, the boy was buried just a day after his body was found face-down in a drainage ditch beside a pond near his family's home at Belgree Lawns, in Tyrrelstown, West Dublin yesterday morning.

Local children, Leo Rudden (8), Callum Rudden (11) and Carol Lawrence (11) lay flowers at the manmade lake at Belgree in Tyrrelstown where a 5 year old boy drowned
Local children, Leo Rudden (8), Callum Rudden (11) and Carol Lawrence (11) lay flowers at the manmade lake at Belgree in Tyrrelstown where 5 year old Ahmed Bari drowned

About 300 mourners - including immediate and extended members of the Bari family - and devastated members of Ireland's Islamic community gathered at the mosque in Clonskeagh, south Dublin earlier this afternoon to pray and console Ahmed's heartbroken mother Amal, his father Haider, his grandparents and extended family members.

His seven-year-old brother Noman cut a tragic figure as he clutched onto a single sunflower as family members, including his little two-year-old sister Aisha, openly wept at the open casket that was placed in a prayer room before Iman Hussein Halawa conducted the Janaza, or funeral prayer.

The man-made pond in Tyrelstown, Dublin

The faithful solemnly gathered in lines behind the Iman as he recited the funeral prayers in Arabic and prayed for the soul of the deceased and the consolation of his heart-broken family before offering his personal condolences to the family.

The boy's body was then taken to the Newcastle cemetery in south Dublin where he was buried by the male mourners in keeping with Islamic tradition.

The tragic accident unfolded on what should have been a happy day for the little boy as he was preparing for his final day of school before the summer break.

But his heartbroken uncle Azhar Bari said the little boy's father Haider knew something was wrong when he woke up on Monday morning and Ahmed was no where in sight but the front door to the family home was open.

After alerting gardai and frantically searching the neighbourhood for Ahmed in his car, Mr Bari soon learned the worst from gardai after a local jogger found the little boy unconscious and face-down in the ditch.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ahmed was the second child in the west Dublin area to have died from drowning over the past fortnight.

Tragic hero Ricky Osagie, (13), also drowned in an artificial lake near his home at the Waterville Hall complex in Blanchardstown on June 20 while he was trying to rescue two teenage girls who had gotten into difficulty. The talented young footballer was labelled a true hero and given a standing ovation at his packed funeral.

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