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Seven Kings ‘Romeo and Juliet’ couple die after battle with cancer

PUBLISHED: 12:27 05 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:27 05 May 2016

Amtul Iqbal, 70, left, with Mohammad Iqbal, 72, of Lansdowne Road, Seven Kings

Amtul Iqbal, 70, left, with Mohammad Iqbal, 72, of Lansdowne Road, Seven Kings

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A couple “still very much in love” after 52 years of marriage died on the same day after battling cancer.

Amtul Iqbal, 70, left, with Mohammad Iqbal, 72, after their wedding 52 years agoAmtul Iqbal, 70, left, with Mohammad Iqbal, 72, after their wedding 52 years ago

Mohammad Iqbal, 72, and Amtul Iqbal, 70, of Lansdowne Road, Seven Kings, who were both diagnosed with cancer, died within hours of each other on Wednesday, April 27.

Daughter Rozina Abid, 42, one of five siblings, said her parents’ deaths were a “miracle” from God.

“Our idea of a miracle was both [of them] getting better but Allah’s idea of a miracle was so high and great that we couldn’t question this miracle he gave us,” she said.

Ex-builder Mohammad, who died first, was diagnosed with lung cancer six months ago, after his wife – a former seamstress – was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago.

Amtul Iqbal, 70, left, with Mohammad Iqbal, 72, of Lansdowne Road, Seven KingsAmtul Iqbal, 70, left, with Mohammad Iqbal, 72, of Lansdowne Road, Seven Kings

Paying tribute to her parents, Rozina said: “My dad insisted on doing everything for my mum, from her tablets to fresh juice every morning – not fresh like we’d make it with whatever fruit we had – he would literally walk to the shops and buy fresh fruit and make it.

“They were like Romeo and Juliet – they did everything together, they were very much in love.”

The couple, who leave behind 12 grandchildren, came to the UK from Kenya in the 1960s after their arranged marriage, and lived in Seven Kings for the last 15 years of their lives.

The pair were buried side-by-side at the Gardens of Peace cemetery in Elmbridge Road, Hainault, after a packed joint funeral at Ilford Islamic Centre, Albert Road, Ilford.

Mohammad Iqbal, 72 and Amtul Iqbal, 70, buried side-by-side at the Gardens of Peace cemetary, HainaultMohammad Iqbal, 72 and Amtul Iqbal, 70, buried side-by-side at the Gardens of Peace cemetary, Hainault

“My dad was really bubbly, he was so active, he was always out and about and so was my mum,” said Rozina.

“They were really sociable and they were a big part of the community.”

She added: “Knowing my parents are not alone, [that] they have each other, gives us so much peace.”


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