Death – Mother of pregnant newlywed who fell to her death from Arthur’s Seat says ‘world has collapsed’

Death – Obituary

The mother of a pregnant newlywed who fell to her death from Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh whilst on her honeymoon has said she is ‘devastated’ and her ‘world has collapsed’. 

Fawziyah Javed, 31, was believed to holidaying in Scotland with her husband Kashif Anwar, 27, when she plunged to her death on the famous cliffside overlooking the Scottish capital at around 9pm on September 2. 

The trainee solicitor, from Pudsey, West Yorkshire, was pregnant with her first child, a little boy, at the time of her passing.  

Her husband has since been charged with murder in relation to her death.

Fawziyah Javed, 31, (pictured) fell to her death from Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh whilst on her honeymoon at around 9pm on September 2

Fawziyah Javed, 31, (pictured) fell to her death from Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh whilst on her honeymoon at around 9pm on September 2

The trainee solicitor, from Pudsey, West Yorkshire, was pregnant with her first child, a little boy, at the time of her passing. Pictured: Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh

The trainee solicitor, from Pudsey, West Yorkshire, was pregnant with her first child, a little boy, at the time of her passing. Pictured: Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh

Her husband Kashif Anwar, 27, has since been charged with murder in relation to her death

Her husband Kashif Anwar, 27, has since been charged with murder in relation to her death

Now, three months on from her death, her mother Yasmin Javed has spoken of the void her only child’s death has left in her family’s life.

Mrs Javed said she and her husband Mohammed have been ‘not living, just existing’ in the past three months, and she ‘feels like I’m stuck in a nightmare I’ll never wake up from’.

But now, at the Christmas period, they wanted to continue their daughter’s legacy as a passionate, caring charity volunteer by making a number of donations in Fawziyah’s honour.

Fawziyah, from Bradford, worked as a solicitor after graduating from The University of Sheffield and spent much of her free time supporting a wide array of charities, including the In Touch Foundation, Mosaic, Penny Appeal and Citizens Advice Bureau.

Her mother Yasmin said: ‘All day I’ve been crying until my tears have run dry, we are devastated, our world has collapsed.

‘She was our only child, and she was pregnant with her first child too at the time.

‘To lose a child under any circumstances would be painful, but when it’s your only child and your unborn first grandson too, I have no words to describe my pain. We will never, ever get over this.

‘The light is gone from our lives, we are just existing now, there is no quality of life for us.

‘There is a massive void in our lives and we are traumatised without her, the whole family and her friends. This has rocked our community.’

Fawziyah Javed

Fawziyah Javed

Now, three months on from her death, her mother Yasmin Javed has spoken of the void her only child’s death (pictured left and right) has left in her family’s life 

Ms Javed, who worked at Lyons Davidson Solicitors in Leeds, was declared dead at the scene of Arthur's Seat (pictured), an ancient volcano in Edinburgh that us popular among hillwalkers, after the horror plunge

Ms Javed, who worked at Lyons Davidson Solicitors in Leeds, was declared dead at the scene of Arthur’s Seat (pictured), an ancient volcano in Edinburgh that us popular among hillwalkers, after the horror plunge

To continue her legacy, the family have made donations to St George’s Crypt in Leeds, Edinburgh’s Children’s Hospital, and Social Bite, a Scottish homelessness charity. Other family members have also given to other organisations anonymously.

‘This week we’ve made some donations in her name to charities here and in Edinburgh.

‘She was a very caring person, she cared about other people and wanted to make a difference.

‘Helping people gave her so much fulfilment, she was so passionate about it. She was a selfless person who wore her heart on her sleeve, she was very kind and considerate.

‘She was so loving and generous, she was always there for her friends. They could ring her any time day or night and she was their shoulder to cry on, she was a truly wonderful person, without a bad bone in her body.’ 

To continue her legacy, the family have made donations to St George's Crypt in Leeds, Edinburgh's Children's Hospital, and Social Bite, a Scottish homelessness charity. Pictured: The marital home in Leeds of Fawziyah Javed

To continue her legacy, the family have made donations to St George’s Crypt in Leeds, Edinburgh’s Children’s Hospital, and Social Bite, a Scottish homelessness charity. Pictured: The marital home in Leeds of Fawziyah Javed

The family has also set up a GoFundMe page for donations to continue Fawziyah’s legacy.

It reads: ‘We have set up this page to fundraise in memory of Our Beloved Fawziyah to support the Homeless, Orphans, Poor and Needy around the world.

‘Fawziyah was very passionate about helping people that were less advantaged, vulnerable and needy. 

‘And only child herself and pregnant with her first baby. Fawziyah was perfect in every way. A Beautiful soul that had given so much to others and would have continued to do so.’ 

You can donate to the family’s GoFundMe here.  

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.