Hamid Faisal Siddiqui, 49, nonetheless breaks down speaking in regards to the loss of life of his father on March 10, changing into India’s first casualty linked to Covid-19, particularly due to what adopted. “I wish and pray every day that none in this world, not even my enemies, is put through the situation my family had to face. Amidst the grief, we battled blame.”
Muhammad Husain Siddiqui, 76, an Islamic scholar who was the qazi of the largest mosque in Kalaburagi, had gone for a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, adopted by a month-long keep together with his youthful son, a dentist, in Jeddah. On his return on March 6, Hamid remembers, his father was nice. However, by the following evening, he had begun feeling unwell. With his fever and cough worsening, the household took him to a hospital within the city on March 9. After 12 hours of commentary, he was referred to a personal super-specialty hospital in Hyderabad. He was being taken by street in an ambulance to be examined for the coronavirus when he died.
Still, the joint household by no means suspected Covid, because the pandemic was until then not more than a curiosity, occurring in faraway China. It was after Siddiqui handed away that the docs informed the household he had died of the coronavirus. Later, Siddiqui’s 45-year-old daughter and the household physician additionally examined constructive, however recovered.
“People were scared to meet us, some turned away on seeing us. Such was the stigma attached to the pandemic. Very few visited us to even offer solace,” Hamid, who has eight siblings, sobs.
While the darkish days that adopted appeared limitless, Hamid says they’ve began to place them behind. As elder son, he has taken over as qazi of the mosque. What helped was the household’s resolution to tackle their Covid standing head-on. “We encouraged others to wear a mask and follow all social distancing norms, saying this was the best way to survive this turbulent period.”
Just a few days from now, the Siddiquis hope to lastly and firmly put the shadow of 2020 behind. “Inshallah, we will be blessed with a new life by the early half of the new year,” Hamid says, including, “Our solemn request to the Almighty continues to be that the entire world moves out of this phase to become a happy place for all. People should soon get a chance to be with their loved ones whenever and wherever they wish to be.”