Ashraf Thamarassery

Indian social worker Ashraf Thamarassery, hails from Thamarasery near Kozhikode in Kerala, a garage owner by profession, is a familiar name not just to his fellow citizens but also to several other nationalities living in the UAE. Nicknamed as The Guardian of the Dead, he has dedicated his life to repatriating the mortal remains of expatriates who die in the UAE. Ashraf has been assisting with the repatriation of dead bodies from the UAE for the past 19 years, without receiving any payment for his services. As of now, he had helped repatriate bodies of around 5,000 expatriates.
He does this philanthropic activity to earn blessings & to help the unknown expatriates to manage the repatriation procedures.
Ashraf Thamarassery received the Pravasi Bharathiya Samman Award in 2015 from India’s Vice-President Hamid Ansari at the valedictory function of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, the largest convention of NRI’s.
Ashraf had received praise from the Prime Minister of India for his proactive efforts in extending help to foreign families in the repatriation procedure of the deceased so the final rites could be carried out. He have also received many honors and awards for his humanitarian gesture.
Ashraf was in international spotlight when he helped Sridevi’s relatives go through the official procedures after the actor’s tragic death in a hotel room in Dubai.
Ashraf have full support from his family. His wife Fathima Suhra helps him with his business and runs the household. The couple has three children – Shafi, Shifana and Muhammed Ameen.