BY: Michelle Liew
Help comes in the most unexpected ways.
For this cab driver, he is eternally thankful to a stranger for saving his life after escaping from a burning car.
Abdul Awal, 58, was merely driving his Mercedes on Bellefrove Road in Welling, south-east London before a man shopping nearby spotted flames arising and called the fire brigade.
Mr Awal had hearing issues was not able to properly decipher the circumstance and initially thought the stranger wanted a fight, thus refusing to leave the car.
Mr Awal had been returning from a petrol station early on Wednesday afternoon and his car started to overheat. The stranger, who wishes to remain anonymous, alerted the authorities to a fire under the bonnet of a car.
With no comprehension of the fire, Mr Awal continued to drive his car, not long before the car was in flames. The stranger sprinted towards Mr Awal’s minicab and knocked on his window and told him to pull over and leave the care somewhere safe.
The stranger wasted no time in grabbing Mr Awal’s arm to help him move away from the vehicle towards safety. The fire brigade soon came to extinguish the fire.
“This is how humanity should aim to be,” Mr Awal’s daughter Iffath Nowrin said according to BBC. “If more people were like this, the world would be a better place.”
Considering Mr Awal’s hearing problems, it was important that the stranger got to his attention.
“The whole world could be up in flames and he’d continue what he’s doing.
“The fact he went over and spoke to my dad who was so unresponsive – people are saying, ‘You’re so lucky this stranger came over to help you.’
“If I saw fire, I wouldn’t go towards it. I wish more people were like him – everybody else there was playing football or filming on their phones, compared to one guy who genuinely actually concerned about my dad’s health.
“I am so, so grateful that there are people like this that exist.”
The family are practising Muslims. They believe the stranger may have been sent down by God as an angel to save Mr Awal. The gesture was enough to turn a horrendous incident into a miraculous one.
“It’s an absolute miracle he was untouched. It’s so unbelievable as it was really hot and smoky.
“People in London would often walk on by.
“He’s literally a lifesaver – a random guy who came out for a random person and saved him. I am so, so grateful.
“He gained nothing out of this, and he didn’t hesitate to do it.”
It is important that kindness continue to live within the hearts of society as a small gesture can help preserve a life and a lasting memory.