Birmingham couple die in bus blaze during Hajj pilgrimage

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Couple named as Dawud Burbank and his wife Khalida Begum

A BIRMINGHAM couple have died whilst on a pilgrimage to Hajj, it has been reported.

The couple, named as Dawud Burbank and his wife Khalida Begum, died when a bus they were travelling in caught fire.

They were among several pilgrims from the Salafi Mosque in Small Heath, Birmingham, who were making their way to Mecca along with people from other parts of Britain.

The director of Birmingham’s Salafi Mosque, Abu Khadeejah, said he has known Dawud Burbank for 20 years.

“He has been my teacher, my friend, my confidant, an adviser, a support for myself and my family throughout this time,” he said.

“He was a loving and caring husband and father, with a beautiful sense of humour.”

Abu Khadeejah said Khalida Begum had spoken to his wife just days before the couple flew out to Saudi Arabia.

“She was a caring and careful mother – a joyful character who loved her children and cared immensely for the Sunnah and its implementation in the home. A day before she left for Hajj, she rang our home and spoke to my wife about how she was so overjoyed that Allaah, the Most Perfect and Most High, had given her another opportunity to perform Hajj.

“There is no doubt that we are saddened at the loss of our brother and his wife.”

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