Allah(swt) says in the noble Qur’an (Surah Yusuf: 12:87) “..Never give up hope of Allah’s soothing mercy: Truly, no one gives up hope of Allah’s soothing mercy, except those who have no faith”
This is in fact faith and trust Allah Himself has bestowed on Omar Webair, then aged 4 years old, when that terrible motor accident happened. It was in 1991, sister Munirah Abdullah then aged 32, picked up her young son from school hoping to drive back home to prepare a dinar for the family. The car they were travelling in was reported to have collided with a school bus living bothe mother and her little boy seriously injured. For Omar, it was a mild head injury sustained because his mother had used her own body to shield him, therefore taken all the impact herself; he had multiple fractures to her spine and serious head injury which left her in comatose for 27 years, never for once opened her eyes or communicated was until last year, when she regained consciousness in a German hospital room. Family members had labelled it as a “modern-day miracle” because doctors had said she would never regain consciousness or ever wake up but her son was reported to have said:
“My mother was sitting with me in the back seat. When she saw the crash coming, she hugged me to protect me from the blow.”
“I never gave up on her because I always had a feeling that one day she would wake up.”
Mr Webair was quoted to have his mother was left waiting for an ambulance for hours following the accident, and was unresponsive when ambulance eventually arrived and she was taken to hospital where she has been ever since. Sister Munirah Abdullah spent years being transferred from one hospital to another, first in London, then around the UAE due to insurance restrictions.
Fortunately, In 2017, Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed gave the family a medical grant to transfer her to a hospital in Germany for treatment. Sister Abdullah was treated at the Schoen Clinic in Bad Aibling, around 50 kilometres south-east of Munich. A year later, Omar was involved in an argument in her hospital room, which seemed to prompt his mother to stir. Omar said:
“There was a misunderstanding in the hospital room and she sensed I was at risk, which caused her a shock. She was making strange sounds and I kept calling the doctors to examine her, they said everything was normal.”
He further added:
“Then, three days later, I woke up to the sound of someone calling my name. It was her! She was calling my name, I was flying with joy; for years I have dreamt of this moment, and my name was the first word she said.”
Now she can also recite some prayers with her son. There are only a few cases of people recovering consciousness after several years and even then, recovery can be protracted. People who do regain consciousness often have severe disabilities caused by damage to their brain.
All in all, this is a great news is a reminder that a true believer must not and should never give up hope in Allah’s mercy at times of trials and tribulations. Trials and tests of our faith will surely come, but as believers, we must learn to be steadfast in patience and dua. Allah (SWT) does make such miracle happen and we as Muslim Ummah should always keep our hope and trust in him. May Allah (SWT) heal those in need of recovery and forgive us all for our shortcomings, grant us the best of this world and hereafter, Ameen.