Veteran Indian social worker, Hajika, dies

December 22, 2013 - 5:19:46 am

Indian social worker, M V Abdul Khader Haji

DOHA:  M V Abdul Khader Haji, 67, a veteran Indian social worker, known to many as Hajika, died here yesterday.

He died at around 6.30pm at the Hamad General Hospital where he had been admitted for the past several weeks. He hailed from Thrissur district in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

A resident of Qatar for over four decades, Hajika was known for his voluntary services to expatriates by helping them handle the bodies of their near and dear ones dying in Qatar. 

People sought his assistance, irrespective of religion and nationality, to complete the legal and medical formalities following the death of people related to them and to perform the final rites for the dead. 

Through his long years of service, Hajika had built close relations with the staff and officials of the Hamad Medical Corporation and other government departments concerned, embassies as well as community organisations.

Several Indian organisations, including the Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF) had honoured Hajika by conferring several awards in recognition of his humanitarian service. He was the winner of ICBF’s Humanitarian Services Award during 2003/2004.

He spearheaded the formation of an organisation that was devoted to helping people in the area that he had been specialising for long.

“I worked with Hajika for the past 10 years. He was doing a rare service to the community and there is none to fill the vacuum left by his death. Inspired by his service, ICBF had set up a Death Case committee, in which he was a member,” Nilanghsu Day, Chairman of ICBF’s Advisory Committee told this daily last evening. Hajika landed in Qatar when he was just 20 and started working in a restaurant in Doha. Later he set up an AC repair workshop and had been staying for long with his family near the “Crazy Signal” in Umm Ghuwailina area.

He is survived by wife Zuhra, son Shaheen (Qatar Petroleum), and daughters  Shahana (Hamad Medical Corporation), Shajitha (Qatar Airways) and Hafsa ( Al Wakrah Hospital).

The body will be buried at the Abu Hamour cemetery at around 2.30pm today, according to family sources. The Peninsula

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