Elderly Saudi in car accident forgives driver before death

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People in the Rijal Alma governorate, southwest of Saudi Arabia, announced the death of Sheikh Ali Al-Saleh, with many circulating his obituary on social media. — Courtesy photo

RIYADH — An elderly Saudi who passed away after a car accident in Abha gallantly asked his companions who were transferring him to hospital to forgive the reckless driver who is believed to have caused the accident and insisted they too forgive him.
People in the Rijal Alma governorate, southwest of Saudi Arabia, announced the death of Sheikh Ali Al-Saleh, with many circulating his obituary on social media.

Saleh was well-known for his generosity, selflessness and noble acts to the extent that he was known as Hatim Alma, in reference to the famous Arab poet Hatem Al-Tai who was also renowned for his generosity.
Author Ali Meghawi spoke of Saleh’s generosity saying: “Yesterday’s accident was the cause of his death, and he had nothing to give but himself. On his way to the hospital, he told those with them not to demand anything from the party which caused the accident.”
Mourning Saleh, poet Ibrahim Taleaa Al-Almi said: “The symbol of morals and values, the spirit of the land and place Ali Al-Saleh has left us today.” — Al Arabiya English


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