Madinah in shock as student dies during final exam

Mu’ath Muslim Salloum Al-Awfi

SECONDARY school student Mu’ath Muslim Salloum Al-Awfi fell unconscious inside his class at Qais Bin Saad Al-Ansari High School in Madinah before he died at a local hospital.

According to reports Al-Arabiya received from the holy city, Mu’ath died of natural causes.

Nasser Abdul Karim, head of the education administration in Madinah, offered condolences to the family of the student, who was buried in Al-Baqie cemetery after funeral prayers at the Prophet’s Mosque. Other education officials also offered their condolences to the parents and students of the school.

Mu’ath’s father, who was in mourning, told Al Arabiya that his son did not suffer from any disease, and that the last thing he did when he left home was ask his mother to pray for him.

Mu’ath was loved by his community. He was fond of cars and collected their pictures, dreamed of success and excellence like other young people, but unfortunately he met his end suddenly.

The school principal, Mahal Al-Awfi, told Al-Arabiya: “The student Mu’ath was in good health and did not suffer from any disease, but he felt tired during the test of the Arabic language, the last test for the first semester.”

He had excelled in his studies and achieved high grades, 90 percent, during the last three years of high school, Al-Awfi added.

“He complained that he felt tired before he fainted. We called the paramedics. He asked to go back and finish his exam but we told him he would be re-assessed in the following semester. As we arranged for him to return home and during his transfer by car he fainted again so he was taken to the nearest hospital, where he died as soon as he arrived,” said the principal.

The school staff, relatives and parents were present in the hospital and their statements were taken by the security authorities, as is customary in such cases.

The school principal concluded his statement saying that Mu’ath's sudden death led to a state of sadness and grief throughout the school, because he was known for his merit and good manners. — Al-Arabiya English