The Crown Prince of Dubai Hamdan bin Mohammad shared a video on Twitter of an unknown man (at the time of posting) that has since gone viral online with over 200,000 views. The video showed a delivery agent from Talabat (a UAE-based food delivery company) removing bricks from a busy road that might have caused an accident. He can be seen quickly removing two bricks on the road and putting them on the side of the road before returning to his bike.
An act of goodness in Dubai to be praised. Can someone point me to this man? pic.twitter.com/clEIWQQe3A— Hamdan bin Mohammed (@HamdanMohammed) July 31, 2022
“An act of goodness in Dubai to be praised. Can someone point me to this man?” reads the caption of Prince Hamdan’s post. Comments on the post wholeheartedly agreed with the Crown Prince and were full of praise for the delivery agent’s act of consideration and kindness.
“Lovely to watch this. Such hardworking people are the backbone of any society,” a user wrote.
Another user commented, “Be humble & kind. Salute to this man.”
The delivery agent was later identified as Abdul Ghafoor, a 27-year-old expat from Pakistan.
Hamdan bin Mohammed shared a picture of the man with the caption:
“The good man has been found. Thank you Abdul Ghafoor, you are one of a kind. We will meet soon,” he wrote.
The good man has been found. Thank you Abdul Ghafoor, you are one of a kind. We will meet soon! pic.twitter.com/ICtDmmfhyY— Hamdan bin Mohammed (@HamdanMohammed) July 31, 2022
According to Khaleej Times, Abdul Ghafoor said, “To be honest, I didn’t think I was doing anything special. I was just making sure no one would get hurt. If God forbid, one of our riders hit it, it could even cause death. That is why I acted quickly,”.
Abdul Ghafoor went on to deliver his order on time after removing the blocks in Al Quoz. His company Talabat rewarded him with an air ticket to go home and spend time with his son.
The effort of removing harm from the road is considered an act of charity in Islam.
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
“Whilst a man was walking on the road, he found a thorny branch on the road, so he removed it. Allah appreciated that and forgave him” [Sahih Muslim].
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) also said:
“Faith has over seventy branches or over sixty branches, the most excellent of which is the declaration that there is no god but Allah, and the humblest of which is the, removing harm from the path: and modesty is the branch of faith” [Sahih Muslim].