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“We belong to Allah and to Allah we shall return.” – Quran

As Muslims and as peace loving members of civilized world, we strongly condemn the barbaric mass murder of innocent worshipers in
Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019.
May their souls rest in peace.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of 50 victims.

50 Lives

Victims of March 15, 2019 massacre
official victim support fund:
https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/christchurch-shooting-victims-fund

Mucaad Ibrahim, 3

Three-year-old Mucad Ibrahim is the youngest known victim of the attacks. He was at Al Noor mosque

with his father and older brother Abdi when the attack happened. Everyone began to run, and Abdi thought his father had Mucad. In the rush and crush of people, the three became separated. On Sunday, Abdi said police had confirmed his death. “My mum, she’s been struggling,” Abdi said. “Every time she sees other people crying, emotional, she just collapses.” Ahmed Osman, a close family friend, said of Mucad: “He’s been loved by the community here. It’s been tough days. It’s been really tough days.”

Daoud Nabi, 71

Afghan native Daoud Nabi settled in New Zealand in 1977. Daoud Nabi sought asylum in New Zealand more than 40 years ago after fleeing Afghanistan with his two sons. Christchurch, the place he’s called home since 1977, offered hope and safety for him and his family. The 71-year-old grandfather was among the first victims to be identified.
Naeem Rashid

Naeem Rashid, 49

Naeem Rashid, 50, was killed, along with his 21-year-old son, Talha. Naeem Rashid, originally from Abbottabad in Pakistan, was “badly wounded” at the Al Noor mosque after he tried “overpowering the shooter”, the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis said in a series of Twitter posts. He was rushed to the hospital, but lost his life “due to indiscriminate firing”, the ministry added.

Talha Naeem (right), 22

Rashid’s son, 22-year-old Talha Naeem, was also killed in the attack, Pakistan’s foreign ministry.

Abdus Samad, 67

Originally from Madhur Hailla village in Bangladesh’s Kurigram district, Abdus Samad was among two people of Bangladeshi origin who died in the Christchurch attacks, according to Shahriar Alam, the country’s state minister for foreign affairs. Born on February 23, 1953, Samad worked as a lecturer in Bangladesh’s Agricultural Development Corporation. He retired in December 2012 and moved to New Zealand with his wife and two sons the following year, according to a family member.

Hosne Ara Parvin, 42

Parvin was shot when she tried to save her wheelchair-bound husband Farid Uddin, according to a relative. The youngest of them all, Mucad Ibrahim, 3 At just 3 years old, Mucaad Ibrahim is the youngest known victim of the attacks. He was separated from his older brother Abdi and their father when the shooting began at the Al Noor mosque.

Abdullahi Dirie, 4

Four of Adan Ibrahin Dirie’s five children managed to escape Friday’s attacks, but the youngest, Abdullahi, was killed, his uncle, Abdulrahman Hashi, 60, a preacher at Dar Al Hijrah Mosque in Minneapolis, told the New Zealand Herald. Dirie also suffered gunshot wounds and was hospitalized. The family fled Somalia in the mid-1990s as refugees and resettled in New Zealand.

Sayyad Milne, 14

The Year 10 Cashmere High School was at the mosque with his mother and friends Khaled Mustafa and son Hamza, 16 The Syrian refugees reportedly only arrived in New Zealand only a few months ago. Khaled died at the Al Noor Mosque while his son Hamza is missing. Another son, Zaid, 13 is in hospital after a six-hour operation.

Atta Elayyan, 33

A national futsal player. Born in Kuwait, Elayyan, a goalkeeper, recently became a father.

The 33-year-old Palestinian refugee who was a goalkeeper for the New Zealand national futsal team left behind a young daughter and a wife. According to reports he was the founder of the Christchurch mosque and had raised funds to create a safe community space for the Muslims in the area.

Osama Adnan Yousef Abukwaik, 37

Osama Adnan was in the process of applying for New Zealand citizenship before his death, according to The New Zealand Herald. The Palestinian had previously lived in Egypt.

Haroon Mahmood, 40

Dr Haroon Mahmood was an academic who tutored and lectured in economics at a range of universities in Christchurch. He is survived by his wife and two children. “He was a very, very gentle, good person,” said his colleague Sueann Wang. Dr Haroon Mahmood leaves a wife and two children aged 13 and 11.

Amjad Hamid, 57

The heart doctor moved to New Zealand from Palestine 23 years ago. Hamid hasn’t been seen since Friday and his family believe the Hawera Hospital doctor is dead.

Areeb Ahmed, 26

27-year old Syed Areeb Ahmed moved to New Zealand from Karachi in Pakistan 18 months ago to work as an accountant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and send money back home. “He had only started his career,” his uncle, Muhammad Muzaffar Khan said.

Lilik Abdul Hamid, 58

Lilik Abdul Hamid worked for Air New Zealand as an engineer. He had a young family, including two children.

Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon confirmed Mr Hamid’s death, saying in a statement the airline was devastated.

“The friendships he made at that time led him to apply for a role in Air New Zealand and make the move to Christchurch. His loss will be deeply felt by the team,” Mr Luxon said.

“Lilik, his wife Nina and their children Zhania and Gerin are well known and loved by our close-knit team of engineers and their families, who are now doing all they can to support the family alongside our leadership team and the airline’s special assistance team.”

Khaled Mustafa, 44

Khaled Mustafa was a Syrian refugee who only arrived in New Zealand in 2018 with his family.

He was at the mosque with two of his three sons for Friday prayers.

The Syrian Solidarity New Zealand group told local media that his wife was “devastated and deeply horrified”.

“Khaled Mustafa is a Syrian refugee who has come with his family (wife and three children) to NZ, which they thought was the safe haven,” a spokesman said.

Hamza Mustafa, 16

Khaled’s son, Hamza Mustafa, was also killed in the attack. His mother confirmed the deaths of both Hamza and Khaled. Hamza’s brother Zaid was injured and is in hospital in a stable condition.

Ali Elmadani, 65

Ali Elmandi was a retired electrical engineer who is said to have been a loving and caring father.
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Mr Elmadani and his wife immigrated to New Zealand from the United Arab Emirates in 1998.

He worked in Christchurch as an electrical engineer and retired in recent years.

His daughter, Maha, told Stuff.co.nz that he always told his children to be strong and patient.

“He considered New Zealand home and never thought something like this would happen here,” she said.

Ansi Alibava, 25

Ansi Alibava had come to New Zealand from India to study a Masters of Agribusiness Management at Lincoln University.

Her husband condemned the “moment of anti-sentiment rage” that took her life, according to Stuff.co.nz.

“The life Ansi and I had together, the plans we made, the family we hoped to build here, all vanished,” Abdul Nazer Ponnath Hamsa said.

A friend said she recently completed her degree and was awaiting her graduation ceremony.

Linda Armstrong, 65

Linda Armstrong died in the shootings at Linwood mosque. 

A friend spoke to The New Zealand Herald about her kindness following her death. 

“She was so happy. She was always excited to do a good deed,” the friend said.

Her nephew Kyron Goose also posted on Facebook that Ms Armstrong had a “huge heart”.

 Farhaj Ahsan, 30

Farhaj Ahsan was a software engineer from Hyderabad, India. He moved to New Zealand six years ago.

He was married with a three-year-old daughter and infant son.

“We received the disturbing news,” Mr Ahsan’s father, Mohammed Sayeeduddin told the Mumbai Mirror.

Friends and family had been trying to reach Ahsan since the attack was first reported. He is believed to have been inside the mosque when the gunman entered.

Syed Jahandad Ali, 34

Described as a kind and gentle man by many, Syed Jahandad Ali joined Intergen’s Christchurch team in 2012 and worked as a lead developer for the company. He was said to have deeply touched the lives of his friends, colleagues and wider technology community through his knowledge and skills.

Syed is survived by his family: his wife, Amna, and their children, Meesha (4), Aisha (2) and Mohammad (6 months old). To help support Amna and her children following his passing, the Intergen team has set up a Givealittle page where donations can be made:

https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/christchurch-shooting-victims-fund

Hafiz Musa Patel, 60

Hafiz Musa Patel was the imam of the Lautoka Jame mosque in Fiji, visiting Christchurch. His death was confirmed by the president of the Fiji Muslim League on Sunday. His son told Stuff his father was “a national icon, a recognizable face”.

Tariq Omar, 24

Tariq Omar, 24, was a graduate of Cashmere high school, where Hamza Mustafa and Sayyad Milne also attended. His mother Rosemary dropped him off at the mosque, minutes before the attack began. She told CNN she heard gunshots.

“We’ve just been waiting here. It’s dreadful really … It just doesn’t feel real,” she said on the day. Cashmere principal Mark Wilson confirmed on Monday that Omar, along with the two other boys, had died on Friday.

Junaid Ismail, 36

36-year old Junaid Ismail ran a dairy – a corner store in Kiwi slang – in Christchurch, which his parents started 31 years ago. He and his twin brother, Zahid, came from India when they were five. Junaid was killed at Al Noor mosque, and the flowers have come in a steady stream to the shop. Tim Matthews, a supplier for the dairy, said he had known the brothers since they were 12. “He was just the kindest, gentlest man,” he said.

Hussein Moustafa, 70

70-year old Hussein Moustafa moved to Christchurch 20 years ago from Egypt. His daughter Arwa said he prayed at the same corner of the mosque every week. “He considered New Zealand to be his home and he wanted to be buried there,” she told the NZ Herald. “I’m just glad he died at home. I take solace in knowing he died in his favourite place.”

Zeeshan Raza, 39

Zeeshan Raza was an engineer who moved to Christchurch from Pakistan in December. His mother and his father had come to visit him in Februrary. They were all killed at Linwood mosque. His sister, Maryam Gul, told Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner in New Zealand she wanted the three member hers of her family buried there. The high comissioner said: “People are struggling to come to grips with what has happened.”

Ghulam Hussain, 66

Hussain grew up in Karachi and worked for Pakistan Airlines until his retirement.  Ghulam Hussain had come to New Zealand in February to visit his son Zeeshan Raza.


Karam Bibi, 63

Bibi was born in Karachi, Pakistan, but her parents were from Punjab in India, the BBC reports. Karam Bibi, had come to New Zealand in February to visit her son Zeeshan Raza, who also dies in the same tragedy.

Hussein Al-Umari, 35

35-year old Hussein Al-Umari came to Christchurch from the United Arab Emirates in 1997, with his sister Aya. He loved going on walks and made video blogs every time he went on holiday. Aya confirmed to Australian Associated Press on Monday that Hussein had been killed at Al Noor mosque. Aya said Hussein died trying to tackle the shooter. His mother, Janna Ezat, wrote that he was “one of the first to take a bullet and save the lives of those around him, and helped them to escape”.

Kamel Darwish, 38

38-year old Kamel Darwish, a father of three, had come to New Zealand six months ago from Jordan. He was working on a dairy farm and waiting for his wife and children to come join him. His brother Zuhair and the Palestinian foreign ministry confirmed he had been killed. Zuhair had lived in New Zealand since 2007, and had told Kamel to come. “It’s very hard to live in Jordan and I told him, come here, it’s the best place that you can raise your child in,” he said.

Suhail Shahid, 35

Suhail Shahid was an engineer who moved to Christchurch with his wife, Asma, and two daughters, aged two and five. Asma told Stuff “his daughters were his life”.

Abdelfattah Qasem, 60

Abdelfattah Qasem moved to New Zealand in the 1990s after the first Gulf War, and had just moved to Christchurch. He was due to be a grandfather next month. His relatives and the Palestinian foreign ministry confirmed his death. The brother-in-law of Qasem’s daughter, Dr Mustafa Al-Asaad, told Stuff he was “an elder for the community”.

Arifbhai Mohamedali Vohra, 58

Arif Vohra, 58, and his son Ramiz, 28, were both killed at Al Noor mosque. Ramiz had just had a daughter a week before the shooting, relatives told Stuff. The Indian high commission in New Zealand said they mourned the death of the father and son “with a very heavy heart”.

Ramiz Vohra, 28

Ramiz had just had a daughter a week before the shooting, relatives told Stuff.

Mohsin Al-Harbi, 61

Mohsen Al-Harbi was seen being rushed to an ambulance with one finger pointing to the sky following the Christchurch mosque shootings.

His son Feras Al-Harbi confirmed the Saudi national died in hospital eight hours later.  

“My father lived a full life. It was a good life,” Mr Al-Harbi told Arab News.

He had called New Zealand home for 25 years.

Ahmed Gamal Eldin Mohamed Abdel Ghan, 58

Ahmed Gamal Eldin Mohamed Abdel Ghany, 58, was a dual citizen of Egypt and New Zealand. He was killed at Al Noor mosque. His son said he was “a great man with the purest of hearts”. “He was kind, gentle, compassionate, generous and extremely loving to all those around him.”

Abdukadir Elmi, 65

Abdukadir Elmi, 65, was a father of four from Somalia. He was killed at the Al Noor mosque. His son told the Washington Post: “I never thought this kind of stuff would happen to him in New Zealand … this is devastating. My father survived through civil war.”

Muse Nur Awale, 77

Muse Nur Awale, 77, had been living in Christchurch for about 30 years. He was killed at the Al Noor mosque.

Mounir Guirgis Soliman, 68

Mounir Guirgis Soliman, 68, had worked as an engineer and quality manager at a local engineering firm since 1997, Stuff.co.nz reported. His death was confirmed by the company, who said he was a “lovely man”.

Ashraf Ali, 58

58-year-old Ashraf Ali was from Suva in Fiji. He was killed at Al Noor mosque. His brother Ramzan said he spotted Ashraf’s body because of the Fijian rugby jersey he was wearing. “He will always be with me,” Ramzan said.

Matiullah Safi, 55

Matiullah Safi, 55, came to New Zealand from Afghanistan via India around 2010 and is survived by his wife and seven children. His nephew, Harry Khan, told Buzzfeed News Safi was a “great man”. “You could always go to him,” he said. “He always had a smile on his face, he was always at the mosque earlier than anyone, he was staying there, he was helping out with a lot of charities.”


Ashraf El-Moursy Ragheb, 54

54-year-old Ashraf El-Moursy Ragheb moved to New Zealand from Cairo in the 1990s and maintained a dual citizenship with Egypt. He died at Al Noor mosque.

Mohamad Moosid Mohamedhosen, 58

55-year-old Mohamad Moosid Mohamedhosen came to New Zealand from Mauritius. His death was confirmed by New Zealand police.

Dr Mojammel Ho, 32

Dr Mojammel Hoq, 32, had been working as a medical professional in Christchurch for three years. His cousin Adbul Hai told Stuff.co.nz he planned to return home to Bangladesh in September to marry his girlfriend and start a dental clinic. “He was such a nice human being; he was humble and competent,” Hai said, “He always appreciated all kinds of people … [this has] left a big hole in our hearts.”

Ozair Kadi, 24

The Christchurch-based 24-year-old – who studying at the International Aviation Academy of New Zealand – was one of the victims in the Christchurch terror attack last Friday 15, 2019.

Ozair Kadir came to New Zealand with the hope of following in his older brother’s footsteps by becoming a pilot.

Instead, that person he looked up to most in the world has to take his little brother’s body home to their parents in Hyderabad, India.

Muhammad Haziq Mohd-Tarmiz, 17

An online gamer who was always cheerful and happy-go-lucky, 17-year-old Muhammad Haziq Mohd Tarmizi was described by friends as, though a shy person, always willing to lend a hand.

Haziq was the sole Malaysian among 50 people killed when a gunman went on a shooting rampage at two mosques in Christchurch, located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island.


Mohammad Imran Khan, 47

Khan is thought to have died at the Linwood Ave mosque.

A friend said he owned two restaurants in Christchurch, including the Indian Grill.

Mahboob Allarakha Khokhar, 65

Maheboob Allarakha Khokhar, 65, from Ahmedabad, India. He was due to return home to India on Sunday after visiting his son Imran Khokhar.


Mohammed Omar Faruk, 36

Every day after work, Mohammad Omar Faruk would pray, and he would call his family back home in Bangladesh. Family was everything for Faruk; a kind, pious man who was expecting his first child with his wife, Sanjida Neha. He was excited – so excited to be a father, the 36-year-old told friends after arriving back in Christchurch from a trip to Bangladesh earlier this year.

He did not get the chance. Two months after he arrived back in the city, a gunman entered the Al Noor Mosque, on Deans Ave, where Faruk and others were gathered for Friday prayers. His family is still waiting for his body to be released so it can be returned to Bangladesh.


Zakaria Bhuiyan, (?)

Initially reported as missing. The victim’s family members and relatives were heartbroken and mourning, as neighbours came together to offer their condolences.

The deceased’s father, Abdul Baten Bhuiyan, said: “I want to take a last look at my son and for that I ask the government that his body be brought back home soon.”

Zakaria Bhuiyan, was the fourth child of two brothers and three sisters, hailing from Joypura village in Narsingdi’s Palash upazila.

Zakaria, the Bangladeshi expatriate in New Zealand, wase working for a private company, had recently married in Bangladesh, and was planning to take his wife to New Zealand.