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Update: Qari Taliep’s condition remains critical

While news of Qari Ighsaan Taliep’s health condition continues to do the rounds on social media, the Qari’s condition remains uncertain.His family have, however, indicated that the Qari’s condition remains serious.

Speaking to VOC, second cousin of the Qari, Shaykh Ismail Londt explains that two nights ago he received the news that Taliep was admitted to hospital for what was suspected to be food poisoning and hepatitis B.

Londt says that on visiting Taliep in hospital, while his eyes momentarily opened and closed, he was semi-responsive and did not communicate with anyone.

As indicated by Taliep’s family, Londt says that Taliep experienced a partial stroke prior to being hospitalised that resulted in evident numbness of his face.

“They tried to give him drops of water with a syringe and tried to make him as comfortable as possible, but he was not himself,” Londt added.

Granting the family a ray of hope, he further notes that Taliep’s doctors have indicated that they found an antibiotic that may be effective in treating Taliep’s condition.

The antibiotic treatment is expected to be conducted for five days, after having begun the treatment on Tuesday.

He, however, notes that the family indicated this morning that the Qari’s condition appears to have improved this morning.

“His eyes are open, but he is not communicating and he remains weak. The message that went around yesterday about a coma, Mubarak Taliep [Taliep’s brother] said that there was a period of a comatose state. But the last is that he looks better,” Londt continued.

Meanwhile, Taliep’s Sister Mahmouda Taliep has thanked the Cape Town community for all the well wishes and support, which she describes as being overwhelmingly heart-warming.

She humbly requested that the community respect the space of Taliep’s wife, who she says is still coming to terms with the situation.

VOC sends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Qari Taliep during this difficult period and makes dua that the Almighty grants him a speedy recovery, inshallah.


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