With a few minutes left for Iftaar to start, the Memon family is seated around Sufrah (a piece of cloth that is spread out for family members to dine) on the first floor of the Al-Hussaini building, a few metres ahead of the Mahim dargah.
The family members, who are observing Ramzaan, pray for Yakub’s release almost every day.
Rahil Memon, Yakub’s brother-in-law, walks out after finishing his prayers with a calm look on his face, and is startled when a reporter says “Yakub is going to be hanged”. The calm look wears off his face and Rahil says: “I am aware of people talking about it. But it is not true. We are still hopeful that he will be released.”
In fact, Rahil and his wife Raheen are looking forward to meeting her brother Yakub in a couple of weeks, shortly after Eid. Yakub is currently lodged in Nagpur jail and the family visits him every month. Rahil takes along Yakub’s daughter to meet him every alternate month. She has recently graduated with a first class, Rahil says proudly. Whatever the verdict might be, Rahil sees Yakub as his idol.
“Yakub has always been a calm and caring person. And it is exactly how he has been in the jail,” said Rahil, who remembers playing cricket with Yakub in his young.