Saudi Bait-ul-Maal paid SR 1.3 million to release Zahir Hussain

Zahir Hussain came to Saudi Arabia in August 2013

In August 2013, Zahir Hussain, a 30-year-old Pakistani driver and a father of four went to Saudi Arabia on a working Visa as a driver through an Arabian company.

Unfortunately, in the same year, his truck collided with a car in Makkah resulting in the death of four people.

SR 1.3 million blood money

The court established that he was at fault in the accident. The court asked him to pay SR 1.3 million as Blood money.  Blood money is the financial compensation paid to the family of the victim by the offender.

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The judge also requested the families of the deceased to forgive Zahir Hussain but they refused and asked him to pay the blood money or diyyah.

The court finally decided SR 1.3 million ($347,000), according to article 34/8 of the Saudi execution system.

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Zahir’s family is a poor family

Zahir’s family is not a wealthy family who could afford such a large amount of money to pay as compensation and rescue Zahir from the Jail.

In 2016 his old parents in spite of their bad health visited Saudi Arabia and requested the affected families in the court to forgive Zahir Hussain as he and his family did not have the strength to arrange a huge amount of money for compensation. Saudi families refused to do so.

Saudi Bait-ul-Maal paid for his blood money

7 years after he was jailed for unintentionally killing four people in a 2013 road accident along a Makkah highway, Zahir Hussain finally returned home to Pakistan after the Saudi bait-ul-maal social welfare organization paid his blood money.

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Lesson from the story

I should say that every expatriate who is visiting Saudi Arabia, as well as every local citizen, should have valid insurance so that God forbids if they suffer from any hardship, the insurance company can help them.

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Posted by Arab News Pakistan on Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Source: Arab News

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.