Her son, 32-year-old Jihad al-Suwaiti, covered the hospital building every day to sit outside his window and check that he was wearing his oxygen mask – a task that saw him after sitting at his mother’s window A picture made global headlines. That his brother posted on Facebook went viral.
Before long, the story of jihad had traveled the world, and a video also emerged of an imam in Sudan telling him during the Namaz as an example of how all Muslims should treat their mothers.
His dedication did not stop here: When his mother passed away on July 17, Jihad and his siblings stole his body at the behest of hospital staff, as they could not release it to the family.
He said nieces, nephews and friends came in seven different cars, ready to confuse and confuse ambulance drivers who chased the brothers as they stole their mother’s body.
Ambulance drivers have lost track of which car is carrying the body and the brothers successfully take their mother back to Beit Avawa, he said.
Tarek Al Barbarvi, director of Alia Hospital in Hebron where Rasmie was being treated, confirmed to NBC News that his body was stolen because his children did not want his body wrapped in plastic.
Muslim tradition holds that the dead must be buried as soon as possible, the body wrapped in a white shroud. But earlier this year, new decrees to handle the coronovirus dead were given for Muslim burials, according to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and Sheikh Muhammad Hussein of the Palestinian territories.
“This is a rule of necessity and the requirements allow for prohibition, so the deceased is not washed, nor sliced and buried in a plastic body bag,” Hussein told Reuters.
“He said, ‘If I die of this disease, don’t tie me in a plastic bag!” The youngest of nine children remembered Jihad.
“I grabbed him by my hands, dug his grave and buried him the way he asked me to”.
So far, Jihad has not received any approval to break the law and put others at risk.
Born in the mountainous Palestinian town of Beit Ava in the occupied West Bank, in 1947, Rasamay Al Suwaiti is one of 387 people who died in the West Bank and Gaza since the onset of the epidemic, according to a total of 44,684 cases. To Johns Hopkins University.
Those who knew her described her as an ordinary woman who never learned to read or write, but had a unique zest for life and a heart full of love.
Jihad said, “In his heart was the mercy of the whole world.”
A family story tells how Rashmi’s husband, Hisham, glanced at her and asked the village headman for her marriage. Her parents refused at first because she was just 14 years old and her cousin also demanded her hand. But Hisham persisted, and was eventually granted by Rashmi’s parents.
The pair were married in 1962 at Rashmi’s home in Beat Ava. She wore a white dress and rode a camel from her family home to her husband, which changed into seven different colors of clothes seven times according to regional tradition.
a happy life
Hisham died in 2005 at the age of 63, but the couple happily married for over half a century and raised nine children. Hisham taught them to read and write, and the couple noticed that their children were married and started their own families.
“I have never seen a relationship like my parents,” said 49-year-old Riham Al Suwaiti. “My mother meant everything to my father. He loved her very much. The whole city knows how special their relationship was. ”
Riham recalled how his father would return to Mecca from a pilgrimage with a bag carrying gifts for his wife and how he would buy his gold bangles, necklaces and rings to demonstrate his love.
“She used to give him everything she wanted and wanted,” she said.
The pair were inseparable, who, according to their children, worked with olive trees growing each other and raising sheep. Hisham will take care of the flock, and from milk, make curd, labneh, and cheese that they will sell in the markets of Bet Ava with olive oil and oil.
Once at home, they took part in household chores, and their fathers helped the children in their studies, because Rasm could not read or write, Riehm said.
By the accounts of his children, his life was still happy when the Israeli-Palestinian conflict surrounded him all around.
After the death of her husband, Rasamayee spent the rest of her life in mourning. His children run around him, spoiling him as his father did.
Jihad said, “I used to visit him every day with my wife and children.” “We did everything we could to not feel his absence.”
But still, overcome by grief, she struggled to leave the house and even missed out on her grandson’s wedding.
Rasmiye’s children do not know how or when he contracted coronovirus.
Jihad said some people who visited her home in Beit Avwa later tested positive for the virus, but it is unclear how long it went from one to the other.
This spring, the core bank closed hard and fast to prevent an outbreak of coronovirus. As of the end of May, the Palestinian Authority’s stricter measures have paid off with around 450 confirmed cases and just three deaths in a kidney-sized area, according to authority figures. But now cases are increasing.
When Rasmie contracted coronovirus, it was not the first time she had become seriously ill.
In 2015, he was diagnosed with leukemia, and Jihad would drive him to Bethlehem’s winding road to get treatment. Even when she asked, she would not tell him that she had cancer, instead she said she was getting her feet treated.
Since her health was worsened by coronovirus, the jihad would see her through her window that she was carrying oxygen.
When asked about her hitherto famous picture of him scrubbing the hospital wall to see her mother in her last days, Jihad said that the moment doctors left the room, she climbed through the window and Sitting on her bed, she wore only masks and gloves to protect. .
“If I left her for a second, she would take off her oxygen mask,” he said.
In his final moments, as death takes him away, he embraces silence.
“I want to sleep at Jihad’s house. I want to sleep ‘
“He died in my arms,” he said. “She used to be my whole life. She used to be my everything: my happiness, my friend, my motherland. ”
Lavahij Jabari from Jerusalem reported. Sephora Smith reported from London.