National and Jordanian win Ideal Arab Mother, Ideal Family awards

DUBAI — The ultimate goal of the DSF is the family well being. And it was the same zeal with which the Ideal Arab Mother and the Ideal Arab Family awards were instituted some six years ago.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 14 Feb 2005, 9:34 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:30 PM

Organised under the patronage of General Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, the awards for DSF 2005 were presented to Fatima Fadhel Al Mazrooi, a UAE national, and the Ideal Arab Family award to the family of the late Dr Mohammed Al Bashir from Jordan at the glittering ceremony on Saturday at the Madinat Jumeirah.

The story of Fatima is one of perseverance and courage. Having been nominated by her youngest daughter Danah for the self-sacrifice Fatima has made as a mother, it was this selflessness and sacrifice that swayed the hearts of the panel of judges and won her the award of Ideal Mother.

Having graduated from primary school at a young age, Fatima's only other educational qualification was a one-year course in English. This course, however, broadened her horizons and attitudes towards learning new languages, which she in turn incorporated into her children's educational curriculum years later.

Says Fatima, "When I got married I moved to Abu Dhabi with my husband and had five children — three wonderful girls and two equally wonderful boys. Unfortunately, my marriage with my husband did not work out and we had to seek for divorce. After the divorce, I moved back to Dubai, my hometown, and lived with my father for eight months until the government gave me a land on which to build a house and raise my family."

Fatima's battle with life began soon after the divorce.

A woman who believes in the will of God and one who does not accept defeat easily, she set about providing the brightest of futures for her five young children.

"I knew that they could not go wrong in life if they have the correct Islamic background and unshakable faith in their Creator, and that was my priority in bringing them up," says Fatima.

"Bringing them up was by no means an easy task. Every step was a challenge as a single divorced mother in this community, but I didn't want to remarry because I wanted to give all I had to my children,” says Fatima.

Today, thanks to the perseverance of this mother, 29-year-old Alia, the eldest in the family is doing her Masters in pancreas planting in Switzerland, 27-year-old Fares is studying Civil Engineering in the US and will be graduating in May this year; Abdullah who is 25 and Hessah at 23 are both studying medicine at Gulf Medical College in Ajman, and are planning to continue their studies in Germany or Switzerland; and 20 year old Danah, the youngest, is in her third year at the Zayed University studying Décor Engineering.

The Ideal family Award was presented to the family of the late Dr Mohammed Al Bashir from Jordan.

The winners will each receive $10,000.

Over the years the awards have succeeded in bringing the Arab mothers and families under one roof, highlighting the true values of Arab society and bringing forth the roles played by the mother and the family in creating productive citizens.

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