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Grief-stricken father's final kiss for toddler son allegedly stabbed to death by mother

By Staff Reporter

Little Omar Omran was bade a loving farewell at his funeral yesterday, eight days after his death from multiple stab wounds.

The three-year-old boy received a final kiss from his father, Khalid Omran, as he was laid to rest.

His body, wrapped in a white shroud, was lifted from the small white coffin and placed gently in a grave in an Islamic ceremony.

He was brought to the Muslim section of Newcastle Cemetery in Co Dublin, following prayers at Clonskeagh Mosque.

His mother, Iraqi GP Dr Maha Al-Adheem (42), has been charged with the murder of Omar at their home at Riverside Apartments in Kimmage, Dublin, on July 10.

The imam at Clonskeagh mosque, Dr Hussein Halawa, said the funeral ceremony involved the boy's body being washed in the morgue at the mosque. It was then wrapped in a white shroud before being placed in the coffin.

In the prayer hall there was "praying to God to admit him into paradise" and "to grant his family patience".

"I know the feeling of his father at this time," said the imam, explaining how he himself had lost a three-year-old son 40 years ago.

Omar's death was "a very painful incident and is causing pain to the father and the Muslim community and I'm sure anybody in Ireland who would hear about this incident would share the same suffering" he added.

"It's an issue for all humans regardless of their religion. Everybody will be sympathising.

"Omar used to come (to the mosque) with his mother. The father prayed here a number of times."

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