Elham Asaad Buaras
Hundreds of Muslims have visited a terminally ill Muslim convert in hospital after his plea for visits from Muslim friends goes viral.
Peter Chatfield is being held in Queens Hospital, Romford, Essex, due to spine cancer that has left him paralysed from the chest down. Doctors have given him an estimate of six months left to live.
Chatfield called on fellow Muslims to surround him through his rough period of time, as he doesn’t have many Muslim friends.
The response he received was amazing. Not long after the message spread via social media, hundreds of Muslims from all backgrounds went to visit Peter in the hospital.
“I am truly blessed,” said Chatfield. “I don’t turn anyone away. In the last few days I have had over 400 visitors. It’s madness, and I’m so thrilled and feel so blessed to be so loved. That is the most important thing here – love.”
Chatfield has received an astonishing response to his cry out to the Muslim community. A visitor flew in from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, just to see him and fly back. The day before a family from Penaylvania, USA came to spend some time with him.
He said, “I know I haven’t long left, I’m ready to go and I hope anyone I have hurt or upset can forgive me before I leave you all.”
“Am I scared about leaving life? No, I’m at peace and surrounded by so much love. In fact I had to temporarily block my phone as I couldn’t handle the calls and messages I have received. I have not had one moment of doubt of where I’m going. Blessed be those who visit me.”
He added, “I wish everyone here a speedy recovery. There’s so much you learn about human nature and life. Some people don’t receive a single visit and I have hundreds.”