True Story From Makkah – Saudi Arabia

An expatriate working as a street sweeper in Makkah saw his life change in a blink during the Haj season after his estranged brother sought to make amends for wronging him by returning his share of the family fortune. 

The Bangladeshi man was sweeping Taneem Street in Makkah when an old man wearing the Ihram cloth of Haj pilgrims crossed the busy road and embraced him warmly much to the perplexity of passersby.

However, the sweeper returned the embrace, indicating his familiarity with the older man. 

The embrace in fact was between two brothers who had not seen each other for more than five years in the aftermath of a bitter dispute over inheritance rights, Saudi news site Sabq reported. The two men were from a wealthy family in Bangladesh, but the older brother had refused to give his sibling his share of the inheritance estimated at 17 million Saudi riyals in cash in addition to several properties.

The older man even managed to have his younger brother sent to prison whenever he asked for his share. The younger brother, disappointed and dejected, opted to leave Bangladesh and work as a sweeper in the holy city of Makkah. As it turns out, the sweeper has become a millionaire in his home country.

He told the people who gathered around him and his brother that he had forgiven his brother who had apologized profusely for mistreating him and that he was ready to return home.

The older man said that he had been diagnosed with cancer and that he was not sure how long he would live.

He reportedly looked for his brother in several places to ask for his forgiveness and make amends for all the years of deprivation he was forced to endure. He even offered financial rewards to whoever could help him locate his brother.

According to the news site, the younger brother said he was ready to forget the past and move forward with his new life. “I will always be kind with the poor and the needy,” he said. “I have learned a lot about deprivation and poverty in the last five years. I will always be fair with everyone after I lived through years of injustice,” he said in Arabic, a language he learned during the time he spent sweeping the streets of Makkah.

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18 Responses to True Story From Makkah – Saudi Arabia

  1. Maaham December 21, 2014 at 4:54 PM #

    Lovely story Sara

  2. AWAbdurrahman October 7, 2014 at 12:06 PM #

    May Allah forgive the Elder brother too.

  3. AWAbdurrahman October 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM #

    May Allah(swt) forgive us all our sins.the younger brother brother has shown us that it pays depend on Allah always.

  4. Asgar Shaikh July 30, 2014 at 8:16 PM #

    Thanks Sara for posting such a wonderful n inspiring story,which portrays the nature of Allah’s (swt) how a pendulum can turn in humans favour,just to have a patience & perseverance by the test put in by Allah to get rewarded for, in this manner,its a live miracle which took place,eye opener for every human being in this world,not to take over the rights of others, which it belongs should be disbursed them,before we return to Allah.Be generous never go after the greedy world,which would let us down nd put there in the grave without the clothes on…may allah forgive our sins and allow us to repent before we die..Aameen ya rabbal alameen

  5. Tahsina July 18, 2014 at 3:39 AM #

    wonderful story u never know when allah might test u by taking or giving money may v pass all the tests nd may allah grant us all jannah

  6. Shaukat Zia November 18, 2013 at 10:55 AM #

    Subhan Allah-e-Wabehamd-e-he, Subhan Allah-el-Azeem

  7. Sharif123 November 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM #

    Truly emotional

  8. Muhammad Sadiq March 14, 2013 at 6:54 PM #

    Subhan Allah, for younger brother it is honour that he stayed in Holy place for five years. Allah forgive all muslims and we should be thankfull to Allah being a muslim.

  9. wahab sunkanmi March 4, 2013 at 7:35 PM #

    Allahu Akbar, GOD you are great and mighty. Kindly let me receive forgiveness of my sins and bless me

  10. jaffar shehabi March 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM #

    The elder brother is lucky to have his younger brother forgive him.
    Even though we are not perfect, nevertheless, we should not procrastinate correcting our wrongs till too late in our lives or till we see signs of imminent death.
    May Allah bless both brothers.

  11. Yunus March 3, 2013 at 2:38 AM #

    The elder brother is fortunate to have the opportunity to repent. Greed leads to hell fire

  12. sharif123 March 2, 2013 at 9:10 PM #

    Effect of holy place. With blessing of Allah anything is possible

  13. abdulAwal March 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM #

    The younger brother will be certainly rewarded by Allah (WST) for four reasons:
    1- He had forgiven his elder brother
    2- He endured sufferings with a positive attitude signifying huge patience
    3- He selected Holy City Makkah as his place of work
    4- He is ready to return to his normal family life

    May Allah forgive his elder brother as well.

    May Allah enable us all to be calm in distress.

  14. ABDULLAH ALIYU March 2, 2013 at 4:27 PM #


  15. Abdul Matin Sheikh March 2, 2013 at 3:35 PM #




  16. Ado March 2, 2013 at 2:22 PM #

    Fasting in Islamic religion is the best teacher of how the poor and the needy feel every day, while the congregational prayers show how equal muslims are, nomatter how high or low. thanks

  17. Mohammad Mansour March 2, 2013 at 1:58 PM #

    I appreciate the comment done by Mr. Nazeer Ataullah.
    It is Absolutely correct and justified.
    MAKKAH is the most Holly City of the Globe.

  18. Nazeer Ataullah March 2, 2013 at 12:11 PM #

    Allah saved the elder brother who sought forgiveness from his younger brother. Otherwise injustice done with human being is not be forgiven by Allah unless forgiven by the person himself.