Six-Year-Old Boy Called Muhammad Ali Protects Mum From Armed Raiders

05/12/2014 12:09 | Updated 20 May 2015

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A six-year-old called Muhammad Ali protected his mum and baby brother from seven armed attackers who broke into the family home.

The masked men broke into the home in Balsall Heath, Birmingham, rifling through drawers and cupboards and pointing a gun at Muhammad's one-year-old brother Adan Shahyan before demanding 'the gold'.

But when the attackers found his mother Rifat's diamond earrings and pointed a gun at her, Muhammad leapt into action, standing in front of her and yelling: "Keep away from my mummy. Don't you touch her!"

When the raiders broke in, Rifat, Muhammed Ali and Adan Shahyan, were sitting in an upstairs bedroom along with four-year-old brother Muhammed Abbas.

Rifat told the Birmingham Mail: "When Muhammed Ali heard a noise at the door he ran out to see if it was his dad.

"A few seconds later he came back and said Spiderman had broken into the house – then these men wearing black face masks appeared.

"They had a knife and a gun. They came straight away into my bedroom and said 'Don't move, hands up'.

"I was so scared. I thought nobody could save us. I was trying to think how I could call for help. I didn't have any gold in the house and I only had £5 in my pocket. I thought they were going to kill me and I just felt lifeless.

"Then one of the men took my little baby and shook him very hard and shouted 'Tell me where the gold is!' I thought I was going to faint."

That's when Muhammed Ali sprung into action.

With the courage of his namesake heavyweight champion boxer, he told the men: "Keep away from my mummy. Don't you touch her!"

Rifat said: "He came over and hugged me and tried to support me, tried to protect me.

"When they tried to take off my gold earrings he said 'No! Don't touch her, I'll do it.'

"He kept saying 'Nothing's going to happen, I'm with you mummy. Just give them anything we have. Give it to him and ask him to go away from here'.

"He was so brave. I thought I couldn't do anything, but he tried to motivate me and told me that I could. He saved the family that day."

Muhammad Ali's actions earned him an Alan Henning Youth Award at Balsall Heath Forum's annual ceremony and was described as 'an inspiration' by West Midlands Police Superintendent Baz Javid.

The men escaped with only a mobile phone. No-one has yet been charged in connection with the robbery.

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