Acclaimed Maldivian litterateur, Abdulla Sadiq (Soadhube) has thanked the Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH), after the hospital allowed for the wedding of his son to be held there.
Soadhube fell ill and was admitted to IGMH just two weeks before his youngest son, Raufath Sadiq, who teaches Dhivehi language, was set to get married.
And so, IGMH hosted the couple’s wedding at Soadhube’s hospital room, on December 13.
IGMH shared a letter by Soadhube on Wednesday, in which he thanked the hospital their care and hard work.
The letter was dated January 3.
Soadhube, who is in his late 80s, joked that he deserved a frequent customer discount at this point.
“There isn’t a single room in this ward that I haven’t stayed in. I’m sure there are only a few nurses and doctors here who have yet to treat me. But unlike previous times, this time was different. This visit iwill be permanently engraved in my memory,” he said.
Soadhube said that he saw care to the level he had never before experienced from a hospital his whole life.
This time, I did not wish to go back home, he said.
“I thank the management of this hospital from the bottom of my heart, not just for the quick treatment, but also for allowing my youngest child to get married here,” he said.
Soadhube said that it is because of the healthcare providers at the hospital that he got to join in the happiness of seeing his youngest child get married.
“Words cannot express how grateful I am for everything you have done. All I can do at this age and health is to pray to Allah to bless you and the work you do. The smile you see on my face is all because of your hard work! You have no idea how much I love you!” he said.
Raufath, too, said he would never forget the support from the hospital. He thanked the hospital, especially the respiratory department, for their love and care for his father.
ABDULLA SADIQ (SOADHUBE)
Soadhube is one of Maldives’ most acclaimed litterateurs.
He displayed a keen interest for literature and linguistics from childhood, having begun writing poems at the tender age of eight years.
He began is service to the government on May 29, 1952 as a clerk at a printing press.
He continues to contribute his services as a consultant for the Dhivehi Bahuge Academy.
In addition to his contributions to the fields of literature, linguistics and education, he has also released numerous works of literature including stories, poems, lyrics, and Urdu to Dhivehi translations.
He has also published numerous works on the usage guidelines of the Dhivehi Language, and is noted for his contributions in the field of historical research, teaching and tutoring.
He served the longest at the then Centre for Linguistic and Historical Research- where he has been in service of for the past 30 years.
Soadhube received the National Award of Recognition in the field of public service in 1980 and 1983, the National Award of Recognition in the field of poetry in 1992, the National Award of Honor in the field of literature in 1998, the Minivan 25 Award in the field of public service, and the Order of the Distinguished Rule of Izzuddin in 2019.
He is also a recipient of the Diamond Pen of Honor in the field of journalism.