How did Rasheed's son die?

Rasheed’s son died by drowning in a lake while Rasheed was intoxicated.

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While trying to “sell” the middle-aged Rasheed to the teenaged Mariam as a good prospective husband, Jalil’s wives appeal to her sympathy; they tell her that his first wife died during childbirth ten years earlier and that his son drowned in a lake three years earlier.

After marrying Rasheed, Mariam...

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While trying to “sell” the middle-aged Rasheed to the teenaged Mariam as a good prospective husband, Jalil’s wives appeal to her sympathy; they tell her that his first wife died during childbirth ten years earlier and that his son drowned in a lake three years earlier.

After marrying Rasheed, Mariam becomes pregnant. While carrying their first child, she imagines a grief-stricken Rasheed pacing next to the lake, pleading with it to release the young boy it snatched. By providing him with children, she hopes to create a family and heal his pain. After suffering miscarriages, though, Mariam is unable to provide a son—or any child—to replace Rasheed’s late son.

Later, Wajma reveals the entire truth to Laila on exactly how Rasheed’s son drowned in the lake. After passing out in a lounge chair after a morning of drinking wine, Rasheed was oblivious to his son’s whereabouts. He was unconscious when the young boy wandered

into the water unnoticed. They spotted him later, floating face down. People rushed to help, trying to wake up the boy, the other half the father.

Despite an onlooker attempting to revive the boy through mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, Rasheed’s son never woke up.

Pregnant with Tariq’s child, Laila pretends that the baby is Rasheed’s offspring. She recalls the joy with which Rasheed greets news of her pregnancy but wonders what kind of father he will be.

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