The Birmingham man killed in the Hajj stampede in which nearly 400 Muslim pilgrims died was due to become a father for the second time, his family said yesterday.
Amer Hussein, from Orphanage Road, Erdington, was buried in Saudi Arabia.
His wife, Zara Fatima Hussein, who was also injured during last week's stampede in Mina, is five months pregnant with the couple's second child, relatives revealed.
The couple's two-year-old son, Abdullah, stayed at home with relatives in Birmingham while his parents were on the pilgrimage.
Mr Hussein, aged 36, who had just been promoted as a product manager with npower, attended the Hajj as part of a large family group which included his wife, mother-inlaw, father-in-law and brother-in-law.
Amer's sister, who did not want to be named, told how he had been holding his wife's and mother-in-law's hands moments before his death.
"He was trying to save his mother-in-law and father-inlaw, but then he fell and was trampled over and crushed. He said he couldn't breathe."
She said her brother was a "gentle, honourable" man who was overjoyed at being promoted.
Mr Hussein's cousin, Amjad Hussain, aged 53, spoke to Amer shortly before the tragedy.
"He seemed to be in a terrible rush and very anxious to go to the stoning of the pillars, which is an act to symbolise the stoning of the devil," he said.
"He was going to phone me when he got back, but instead I received a phone call from my nephew, who also went to the Hajj. He didn't go to the stoning but was staying in a camp nearby.
"Amer's wife and brother-in-law came back from the stoning and broke the news to them."
Amjad Hussain, who also lives in Erdington, said Zara was injured in the stampede. She suffered cuts and bruises but was taken to hospital for a scan because she is pregnant.
He added: "Amer has already been buried in Saudi Arabia, which is a big honour. There is no better place for a Muslim to be buried."
He said the family's initial distress over Amer's death had altered because of their religion's belief that anyone who dies during the pilgrimage goes to heaven.
"When a thing like this happens, all those people who died are guaranteed a place in paradise. It carries a great honour. We say to ourselves it was the will of Allah because, when you are at the Hajj, you are Allah's guest."