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Leicester Fire Victims: Father Pays Tribute
A funeral has taken place in Dublin for the mother and three teenage children who died in a house fire in Leicester four weeks ago.
Their grieving husband and father told 1,000 mourners at a Janaza service that he had "nobody now" and felt "like a bird without any wings".
The bodies of 47-year-old Shehnila Taufiq, her daughter Zainab, and sons Bilal and Jamil, were brought from Leicester on a ferry overnight.
They died in an arson attack on their home at Wood Hill in the city last month. Eight men have been charged with murder.
The family had gone to England to pursue studies in Islam. The husband and father they leave behind said they would never be forgotten.
Dr Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar said: "I'm remembering all the time, 24/7. I'll continue and devote my life for the community work and the work of the society. My family are with me all the time and my belief is, they are waiting for me in paradise."
The prominent Dublin neurosurgeon revealed that his wife had invested her life savings in the community centre and mosque at Blanchardstown, where the funeral took place.
When her children asked her if they could have a larger home, she told them they would have a larger home when they got to paradise.
She and her eldest son had already graduated, her daughter and youngest son were in their final year and all four were planning to settle in Ireland.
They were laid to rest in the Muslim plot at Newcastle Cemetery, south Dublin, mother and daughter in one grave, the boys in another alongside.